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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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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...
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" … "… also houses a fully equipped, 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...
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." … "… garden, three wide bunk beds, lockers and always clean bed sheets?at...
Pura Vida 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." … "… bars, restaurants, and nightlife. But away from all the dust and hassle and bustle of this little town in our own private sanctuary with the swimming pool and...
Don Jon*s Lodge & Restaurant
"… serving latin american food made with fresh ingredients always. Relax in one of our many hammocks, enjoy fresh fish tacos or a world class burrito from the restaurant. Surf all day long and then enjoy the night fiestas at one of the quality discotecas or bars around town. Don Jon*s your perfect tropical escape to the way life should be. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before the arrival Check in: 2.00 –...
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 Santa Teresa
"Highly recommended! - Great vibe! The staff was awesome, keeping the place clean and the guests entertained all the time with great music and movies. The facilities are very comfortable (the kitchen even has a blender), although the toilets can use a little repair as well as some of the old a/c inside the rooms. The location is superb, just next to a supermarket and a couple of good restaurants, not far from the beach and the center of town....
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...
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...
"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." … "… dorm rooms for backpackers, private bathroom, air conditioning, cable tv Near of...
Mini Hostel Santa Teresa
"Come & stay at the Minihostel in Malpais Santa Teresa We can fit all your need! We have dorms, private rooms and even cabins! The rooms are with or without bathrooms, shower TV and A/C. restaurant and bar. Guests kitchen, swimming pool, pool table, hammocks, free internet and wifi, free coffee, surf and bike rental, surf lessons, spanish lessons, massage, and much more..." … "… and anything else you need. Just ask the owner of...
"… 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
"Beautiful lodge/dorm cabins designed by the owner/architect. - Definitely the best deal in Santa Teresa. I stayed in the dorm cabin for 10 US per night, which is pretty much what all the other budget options charge. The difference is that you gain access to the same facilities as the more expensive cabins. The owners are an Argentinian architect who designed the place and his Czech wife. They take immaculate care of the place and are very...
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...
"Little privacy -- all our valuables stolen - From the moment we arrived we noticed there was little privacy in our place. A large kitchen window provided a direct view from reception to our bathroom/shower (they eventually put curtains up after we asked that kind of helped). The main bedroom window is also pretty open and a few times we woke up to people right outside that could easily see into our bedroom and had to scramble to cover up....
"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." … "… are always well maintained and clean Santa Teresa is one of the most beautiful...
Santa Teresa Sunset Villas
"Santa Teresa Sunset Villas is a place to relax and enjoy our tropical gardens or just watch the sunset in your hammock. We have surfboard rentals and surf lessons. We also have different kind of tours available such as horseback riding, canopy, sport fishing, snorkeling, tortuga island adventures and more. 5 bungalows each of them with fully-equipped kitchen, fridge, private bathroom, wi-fi internet, ocean view balcony, security and parking...
Surf Hotel Meli Melo
"… to advanced - Surfboards rental, all sizes and shapes Please Note: Cancellation policy: 72 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 22:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash. Paypal only, 1 night deposit Taxes not included - 13.00% Breakfast not included. No curfew. Children friendly Owner are...
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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