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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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Tranquilo Backpackers Santa Teresa
"Great vibe and layout - Tranquilo is one of the best hostels anywhere, with a great location, terrific layout, and very good facilities. It is not luxurious but easily lives up to the backpacking standard. The sewage problem is something the whole town deals with, sadly. Tranquilo is a great place to meet people because of the way it's laid out with communal tables, the large kitchen, dozens of hammocks, and free pool and ping-pong. Most...
"3 km north from the Mal Pais cross roads, 150 mts North from La Lora Amarilla" … "… clean and spacious communal kitchen, free Wi-Fi and a sparkling swimming pool. Tourist information available for both surfers and non surfers. Amenities: Complimentary coffee and toast Laundry service Linen included Huge fully equipped kitchen area Parking (free) Board games available Magazines and book exchange Tourist...
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." … "… catch up and live in harmony, giving to this place colorful tones and...
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." … "… area, hammocks, cable TV, restaurant and bar, surf lessons and rentals, massage, spanish classes, bike rentals, free coffee, free internet and wifi, tour desk,...
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,...
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...
Casa Zen Guesthouse & Yoga Center
"… exterior doors as well as interior doors connecting to the apartment. An abundance of shared bathrooms are also located on the first floor (there are many to choose from and they are always clean!). We also have two well-equipped communal kitchens, including our signature chef’s kitchen, complete with a professional quality stove, microwave, blenders, and a giant stainless steel refrigerator. We offer a amazing Yoga deck with every...
"Kokua Hostel is a 7 Bedroom "boutique" Hostel in the beach town of Santa Teresa, just meters away from one of the best beaches and surf spots Costa Rica has to offer. We feature a unique experience in accommodation with a very relaxed atmosphere. We have private rooms, dorms, hammocks and camping area on our 950m2. Communal Kitchen, BBQ, and common areas make it a perfect place to meet fellow travelers." … "… Ocean, nestled...
Sitting Bull Santa Teresa
"… The mini apartment for groups of friends and dorms are fully equipped, safe and clean. Our goal is to help you with your trip around Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. Our staff will provide you the best travelling tips to save time and money. Supermarket is 20m away. walking distance to several restaurants, bank and more. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No...
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...
Santa Teresa Surf Camp Hammock Hotel
"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?" … "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 had a great...
"… will find world class left and right breaks and beach breaks with ordinary power between 50 and 150 m long. The bottom is flat rocks with sand. The Swell starts working at 1 to 1.5 m, rising low and mid tide in East and West directions. In Mal Pas some surfing experience is recommended. At el El Carmen you'll find a long right and a shorter left surfing over sand. At Santa Teresa the waves are usually bigger than at Carmen and...
Mini Hostel Santa Teresa
"Minihostel Santa Teresa combines a great location and a warm atmosphere with lots of hospitality. Backpackers can enjoy a safe hostel since we have 24 hour security, which no other hostel has on Santa Teresa beach. Our hostel provides you with towels and linen, soap and anything else you need. Just ask the owner of Minihostel, please note that all dorm beds have a shared bathroom. The staff will help you organize and plan your trip to Cabo...
"… over the 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...
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 and...
"… you need very close to the resort: restaurants, supermarkets, surf shops, etc. Disfrutalo is only 80 meters from the beach with a tropical forest separating us from the best waves in Costa Rica. We also offer private parking inside the Hotel. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Method of payment accepted upon...
"… 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
"I stayed here for two weeks with my friend Brian in June of 2004. Emilio, Ben, Daniel, and Gabby made us feel like friends rather than guests. If you are a surfer it's perfect because there are hammocks of all types to chill out on after a good session. They make a mean breakfast. I stayed with awesome people from all over and enjoyed the beautiful beach and fun nightlife." … "We had so much fun here. We were here for six nights, and...
"… surrounded by a beautiful organic garden next to the ecological paradise of Cabo Blanco National Park. At the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula the area offers magnificent jungle, and mountain views and one of the most beautiful beaches in the World. It is perfect for beginners and experience surfers and a legendary hot spot for sport fishing. At Casa Pampa you will find a great place to spend your vacations among...
Rumbo Surf Lodge
"… meters from a breathtaking sandy beach and from the best surf spot of the area "La Lora" we offer to our guests five cozy apartments each composed by a large open space with a double bed and sofa bed, fully furnished kitchen, bathroom, safety, cable tv, air conditioning, internet wi-fi, cleaning service, mosquito net and a private and comfortable terrace surrounded by nature... Five private apartments composed by a large open space...
Santa Teresa Sunset Villas
"… a lovely hotel just a 5 minute walk to the beach in a beautiful hill all with Ocean Views. You can just relax at your hammock while you enjoy the only sound of the ocean waves and the surrounding waves, enjoy the pool, cook your own meal or enjoy our restaurant recommendations or go adventure and take one of ou tours!! WE HAVE 5 VILLAS AND 1 TWO FLOOR HOUSE, LOCATED AT THE BEAUTIFUL SANTA TERESA BEACH, EACH VILLA HAS PRIVATE...
"We have a beautiful brand new 10 room hotel located 2 minutes walk to the beach. Each room is equipped with Air Conditioning, Cable TV, Wi-Fi, Private Bathroom with hot water, Mini Fridge an a Private Balcony. Besides this, the hotel has a swimming pool, lounge bar, pool table, laundry service, tourist info, fax/phone services and a very friendly staff. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 2 days before the arrival Check In: 1.00...
"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." … "… own A/C and ceiling fans.The apartment also has a private bathroom with hot water,a...
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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