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About Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, is located on the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The town was founded by and for surfers; a true paradise for wave riders, the town revolves around the sport. It is very common for Santa Teresa to be a ghost town by 9 p.m. due to eager riders preparing for the next day on the surf. On the other end, the town is bustling early in the morning with little eateries ready to serve breakfast and coffee before the tide kicks up. Cabo Blanco National Park is only located a short distance away and offers lovely day hikes to see and hear the flora and fauna of Costa Rica.
Santa Teresa is a small town that revolves around surfing but does offer a few amenities and services more common to all. A few restaurants and one bar offer some nightly entertainment while one ATM dispenses both colones and American dollars. For the home cook, a small grocery store provides grocery necessities. The bus schedule can be infrequent and the ride to or from the major cities is long and will take most of the day. All Santa Teresa hostels are located on the beach and cater to surfers.
Santa Teresa is a small beach town that offers a lot to surfers and not much to those who don't surf. Lessons and board rentals are easy to come by, making it a great place for professionals and beginners alike.
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Cuesta Arriba Hostel
"3 km north from the Mal Pais cross roads, 150 mts North from La Lora Amarilla" … "… 7 and 9 am and the hostel also houses a fully equipped, clean and spacious communal kitchen. There is also a breezy lounge area with cable TV and a DVD player; the owners offer a wide selection of DVD films. There is also a sparkling swimming pool. Tourist information available for both surfers and non surfers. Amenities: Breakfast included...
"Located in middle of Santa Theresa, Altamar Hotel is best choise for small families and groups of friends who looking some place with all facilities and services, but with razonable price.Altamar Hotel is located in front of Santa teresa beach and Only 15 minutes from Mal Pais beach, two of best surfing beaches in Costa Rica." … "… and better on low tide. Playa Hermosa has left and right beach breaks. Playa de Los Suecos has...
Hostel Seven 7 Casa Del Gingi
"Really really nice, top notch hostel - We were planning to stay in Santa Teresa for one week, but ended up staying there for 3,5 weeks. All this time we stayed at Gingi's place, we looked at a few other things, but this was really the best price/quality deal around. It's central, just a 2 minute walk to the main surfbreak. And also at walking distance from the main restaurants. I was there with my girlfriend, we had a private room, and we...
Wavetrotter Surf Hostel
"Loved it! - Stayed at Wavetrotter for three days in late November, the owners Julio and Givanni make you feel right at home, and the whole place has a really chill vibe. It is modern and very open and extremely clean, you can also rent surfboards there for $10 a day and if you are lucky, try to get Julio to give up a day of surfing to give you a lesson." … "… big rooms at the first floor, entirely made by local wood with a...
Casa del Mar Hostel
"Excellent - Caesar (owner) and his wife are awesome! Very friendly and accommodating! The rooms are nice -- dormitory style with five sets of bunks. We arrived on a weds. and on Fri. Caesar and friends cooked for us. We had salad, whole fresh fish, sides, and drink for about a quarter what it would have cost us had we eaten out! From the moment you met the entire staff they make you feel at home and are treated like family! we will be back...
Don Jon*s Lodge & Restaurant
"Don Jon's is a family run establishment in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Domitories with AC, six beds per room, super clean, safe, and fun. Private rooms in all wood bungalows from 2 to 4 people, private bathroom, refrigerator. Apartments 2 bedrooms, AC, kitchen, cable tv, 4 to 5 people. Large property, close to surf, markets, restaurantes, night life. Awesome service from staff, parking, security guard. Restaurant serving breakfast and lunch,...
Rio Carmen Hostel y Camping
"We are located in Playa Carmen St. Teresa, 80 meters from the sea and breaking point, surrounded by the nature and near the creek. We offer you two double rooms with private or shared bathroom, dorms with 6 places and our shaded garden with space for 15 tents and barbecue space. We have a big full equiped shared kitchen, free and fast WIFI internet access, lockers, free parking." … "… 14 $, it depart at 6 AM or 12 AM...
"… world. We have 7 rooms, with capacity for 24 people. We have 4 shared bathrooms, 2 fully equipped kitchens, gardens overlooking the river and space for parking cars. We also have a large camping area surrounded by vegetation, BBQ area, laundry service and internet access. We are located between Malpais and Santa Teresa in beautiful Nicoya Peninsula belongs to the province of Puntarenas, at 125 m from the beach, and the best...
Santa Teresa Surf Camp Hammock Hotel
"Santa Teresa Hammock Hotel is what's happening! Friendly staff; we loved Marcos. It's the best surfing area in all Santa Teresa-Mal Pais. You cannot get any better for $6 a night. Loved the community kitchen and El Rancho, where we had our meals." … "I rate this place the best in the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Free spirited, great ambiance, great gardens, oceanfront. What else do you want for $6?" … "I had a great...
"CASA TEKA'S 100% TEAK HOUSE IS SANTA TERESA'S "HOME OF THE BACKPACKERS", AT EIGHT DOLLARS A NIGHT FOR MIXED DORMITORIES WITH FREE BREAKFAST THIS PLACE IS TRUELY A BUDGET TRAVELERS OASIS. WITH FREE INTERNET, FREE MOVIES, FREE TOWELS AND SHEETS AND THE USE OF AN EXCELLENT COMMUNAL KITCHEN.CENTRALLY LOCATED WITH A LARGE HAMMOCK GARDEN YOU CAN'T GET BETTER VALUE ANYWHERE. THE OWNER ARTURO IS A HIGHLY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND CONGENIAL CHARACTER, TOURS...
Mini Hostel Santa Teresa
"I really liked it since it has it all - They have a pool, TV with Movies, Hot shower, and its up on the hill in the jungle with monkeys. The staff is friendly and will help you figure out interesting things to do in the area. Fresh clean sheets and laundry service." … "… pool, lounge area, hammocks, cable TV, restaurant and bar, surf lessons and rentals, massage, spanish classes, bike rentals, free coffee, free internet and...
Torre Altamar backpackers & Hostel
"Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen, we are located in a beautiful area amidst amazing surf breaks, white sand beaches, howler monkeys and jungle terrain. Join us for your holiday or event. Our location is one of the best in all of Santa Teresa, only 1 block from the beach, and seconds to local restaurants, shops and surf stores. We have 9 rooms upstairs and 3 apartment-style cabins available. All accommodations come equipped with full...
Las Casas Blancas
"… and can also help you book tours and ATV / car / bike rental. Choose from a 3 or 4 bed dorm room, private double room or rent out a whole 2 bedroom cabin by the week for the best value if you're travelling in a group or just want to have the whole place to yourself! All the rooms are recently refurbished with new mattresses. Bed linen is included for free. The living rooms have air conditioning and there are fans for the bedrooms....
"… TERESA-MAL PAIS. Sleeps comfortably 2 or 3 people, offering one double bed and one single bed . They also include a private bathroom with hot water, fully equipped kitchen, refrigerator, ceiling fan, closet, a relaxing porch and cleaning service. Excellent location just 100 m from the beach, near the restaurants, the most beautiful beach, also a few meters away is the best surf beach break. Near the restaurants, the most...
Funky Monkey Lodge
"Well, there's much to say — Gabi is an amazing hostess. She's right on point with service and she's also a terrific cook. You can also rent surfboards right on the premises. The Funky Monkey is worth every penny — there's a great vibe, all the huts are beautifully designed and it's located very close to the beach. I'm heading back here again, and again, and again for years to come. :)" … "This place is awesome. They took in 16 of us...
Rumbo Surf Lodge
"… spot of the area (La Lora) we offer to our guests four cozy apartments each composed by a large open space with a double bed and sofa bed, fully furnished kitchen, bathroom, safety box, cable tv, air conditioning, internet wi-fi, Cleaning service, mosquito net and a private and comfortable terrace surrounded by nature. We are located in Santa Teresa on the pacific coast of Costa Rica in the south of the Nicoya peninsula, one of...
Red Frog Villas
"… beach, Costa Rica and is a very relaxed place with nice gardens and beautiful ocean views. We have 5 villas with private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi internet, private bathroom, ocean view balcony, hammock, pool, security and parking lot. We also have a 2 floor house with ocean view, cable T.V., fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi internet, 3 rooms, 3 bathrooms, pool, balcony, hammock, security and parking lot. We...
"… and groups. Casa Pampa offers 6 rooms that can accommodate 14 adults. With fully Equipped Kitchens, breakfast nooks, living room areas, Wireless Internet, AC, fan, hot water shower, closet space, Lounge area, hammocks, outside bathroom and open roof shower, Board racks, and a Private Parking area up to 5 vehicles. Rooms are equipped with beach towels, yoga mats, laundry service, lounge room, Dvd movies collection, book exchange....
"I found the manager (female) to be a little rude at times. - The place was clean, quiet, great hot water (although shower drain didnt drain well), decent air conditioning, great little fridge in the room. Other than the manager being unfriendly at times I would have given it 5 stars. I will stay there again and I do recommend it to others." … "… apartment also has a private bathroom with hot water,a fully equipped kitchen with...
Santa Teresa Travel Tips & Suggestions
I had the time of my life there -- I loved it so much I am moving there!
I love this place! Everything is really beautiful in there, most of the people are very gentle, you make friends easily, and the waves are pretty good for surfing! If you haven't been there, you must go as soon as you can!
I looked at the beach and said, wow, what a nice beach. And then I looked at the topless girls running across it.
I love Santa Teresa -- very nice spot for surfing and to party too. The beach is huge and very beautiful. We had really a good time.
Great place, but if you don't surf, not much point of going there. Kinda expensive, besides surf beaches are quite dirty. Great spot, but will never go back.
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