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Guide to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Costa Rica with its beautiful beaches, lush jungle and friendly people is to many the definition of paradise. The country motto is “Pura Vida” or ‘pure life’ and that is what Costa Rica is all about; enjoying life. After hosting guests in town for more than five years we’ve learned a lot about what to do and where to go, so read on as we share our best tips for the optimal Santa Teresa experience.
 
Santa Teresa is a charming little surf village known for incredible beauty with its white sand coves, steep jungle-covered hills and forests teeming with monkeys and exotic birds. We love it for the year-round excellent surf, many food options and unbeatable atmosphere.
Located a short 3-minute drive south of Santa Teresa, Lapoint surf camp Costa Rica is in the middle of the action.
 

 

Best beaches in Santa Teresa

Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa
Playa Carmen is our “home beach”, located only a short walk from our surf camp in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Situated right in the middle of town and well known for its excellent surf and fun vibe, Playa Carmen is the most popular beach in Santa Teresa.
 

 
Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa
Sand bottom and learner friendly conditions makes Playa Hermosa the perfect venue for most of our surf lessons in Santa Teresa. Offering excellent waves for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, it’s as beautiful as the name suggests. Sitting out in the lineup looking towards shore you’ll see nothing but palm trees, blue skies and golden sand.
 

 
Banana Beach
Banana Beach is home to some of the best beach breaks in town, and thanks to a lovely restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner it’s always buzzing with life. Relax on the beach with a smoothie, cocktail or a meal while enjoying live music, nice people and great vibes!
 

The best places to eat and drink in Santa Teresa

 
The Bakery
The Bakery is one of the best places to eat in Santa Teresa, from breakfast to dinner.
We bring our guests there for the bowls, the pastries, smoothies & juices, and arguably also the best beer battered fish tacos in Costa Rica. Their weekly all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, Monday Madness, is also worth checking out for some flavoursome slices in the backyard.
 

 
Chop it Holy Cow Burger
Chop it serves up the tastiest, freshest organic wraps, salads and vegetarian food in Santa Teresa. They also have gourmet hamburgers made from 100% certified hormone and antibiotic free grass fed beef. The vegetarian burger, made from a giant portobello mushroom is absolutely divine. To go with it, don’t miss their young coconuts chilled to perfection and the tasty treat of the day for dessert, this place is seriously yummy!
 

 
Koji’s Japanese restaurant
We consider Koji’s Japanese restaurant to be the home of the best sushi in Santa Teresa. Located on the Buenos Aires Road, they use only the freshest fish and shellfish from the area as well as locally sourced vegetables, fruits and meats, thereby offering a wide selection of excellent Japanese inspired food.
 

 
Burger Rancho
Burger Rancho has been the go-to spot for the best burgers in Santa Teresa since 2006.
Their ‘double cheese, double meat’ burger is a regional classic as far as we’re concerned.
Check also out their extensive menu of fresh fish, salads, fries, smoothies and more, all prepared fresh by the main road, right in front of the soccer field in Santa Teresa.
 
Habaneros
Located right near Banana Beach, Habaneros is a beachfront Mexican grill & bar offering excellent Mexican fusion food. Boasting incredible sunset views, the house specialties include fresh fish and seafood, including lobster tacos, grilled whole fish and more, all served with their killer margaritas and famous guacamole.
 

 
Kika Santa Teresa
Well established as a top venue for food, drinks and live music since 2008, Kika is considered by many as being the best bar in Santa Teresa for live music. On Thursdays, it’s the hottest venue in town featuring a live band, loads of people and a great vibe.
 

 

Activities and things to do in Santa Teresa

Hike to a waterfall in Montezuma
What’s more exotically tropical than a waterfall in the middle of the jungle? We love taking our guests to Montezuma Falls to experience the wilderness and (possibly) the most famous waterfall in Costa Rica.
In Montezuma you may find exotic animals that you won’t see in other parts of the area, such as the Roseate spoonbills (a bird similar to the pink flamingo), river otters, blue crayfish and the Jesus Christ lizards who run on top of the water.
 

 
Ziplining
An ever favourite activity for our guests is the canopy tour or ziplining. It’s essentially a series of cables suspended high above the forest floor allowing you to travel through the canopy like a giggling monkey with superpowers. On your journey you’ll see plants and animals unique to Costa Rica such as howler monkeys, iguanas, parrots and many more.
During the tour there will also be a stop at the Montezuma Waterfalls where you can take photos and go for a swim in the rock pools.
 

 
Renting an ATV in Santa Teresa
Part of the attraction of going on a surf trip to Costa Rica is the unique access to nature and the general feeling you’re in a somewhat undeveloped part of the world. Given the many dirt roads in the area, an ATV, also known as Quad bike is really the best way to explore the region. If you’re keen on a four-wheeled adventure, we’ll help you rent one of the highest standard from our trusted partner.
Done safely, riding an ATV is a fun way to experience the jungle, maybe even searching for your own little piece of secluded Costa Rica heaven.
 

 
Yoga

 
Ylang Ylang yoga Montezuma
For daily drop-in sessions, Ylang Ylang beachfront yoga studio in Montezuma offer an exciting variety of classes including Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini and Kaula Tantra.
Their beachfront, open-air yoga space allows you to enjoy your yoga while surrounded by nature, wildlife and the sounds of the waves.
 
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