10 Things to Do in Santa Teresa That You Shouldn't Miss

October 27, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Surf’s always up in the Costa Rican beach town of Santa Teresa. Bright sun and gleaming sands make the perfect backdrop to hang ten in the crystal-clear waters, and fishing, snorkeling and kite-surfing are popular among vacationers. Yoga and spa services are a must for the ultimate relaxation, and, at night, catch a glorious sunset on the same beach where earlier you caught a wave.
Restaurants in Santa Teresa

1. Nicoya Surf School

2 km before Cabo Blanco National Park, Cabuya, Montezuma 8423, Costa Rica
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5 based on 109 reviews

Nicoya Surf School

Our surf school is focus to introduce the peolpe to this beautiful sport and life style . Located in one of the best places in the world for learning to surf, the safety, fun and progressive learning is our main objective . with more than 14 years of teaching experience in the area we offer classes for beginners, intermediate and surf safaries for advance .

Reviewed By Aaron B

Guillermo and his team were nothing short of awesome. They are expert teachers! They were full of great information, positive energy, and a true appreciation the beautiful country they call home. We will definitely be back and we will definitely be contacting them again for...MoreThank you so much for the review my friend!! It was great to meet you and your wife here, i hope you keep going out to Surfing back home, saludos!

2. Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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4.5 based on 468 reviews

Playa Hermosa

Reviewed By Sebastiaan O - Willemstad, Curacao

Easily accessable a short drive north of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. Long stretched, great Surfing, palmtrees, hundreds of pelicans flying by, the works!! Bring your own water and drinks. There is a secured parking and better to leave you valuables in the car then on the beach.

3. Canopy del Pacifico Mal Pais

Mal Pais 60111, Costa Rica
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Canopy del Pacifico Mal Pais

The Mal Pais Canopy Tour is based in the quiet village of Mal Pais, on a farm with more than 200 different tree species, at the entrance of the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve. The whole area is surrounded by rich tropical forest and diverse wildlife as well as many birds. Come and journey through the treetops, enjoying the tropical forest while the Pacific Ocean lies below you. The exciting canopy ride is nearly a mile long and has 11 platforms set high in the gigantic trees. Steel cables connect the platforms which are between 5 and 30 meters in height. You will not forget the experience of flying along our 300 meters long shot over a canyon between the second and the third platform, or the incredible 500 meters long ride through the jungle along a creek. This Canopy Tour in Costa Rica have professional nature guides that will accompany you on the unforgettable journey through the biodiversity of the environment. They will introduce you to the fascinating secrets of the forest.Following the strictest safety norms, you will enjoy thrilling views of the Pacific Ocean and of the forest from many different perspectives.

Reviewed By Jason M - Ottawa, Canada

We had an excellent time, the guys did an excellent job and we very good with my 2 kids - 7 and 10 year olds. I would recommend this activity to any family...

4. Montezuma Falls

Entrance just south of main town road | After the bridge you will see the jungle entrance, Montezuma, Costa Rica
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Montezuma Falls

Reviewed By princessbadissa - Cruz Bay, St. John

Bring water and solid hiking shoes!! The terrain is steep but well worth the swim when you get to the base of the waterfall. Beautiful trees line the rocky river bank and path. So many photo ops, you will not be disappointed. Just take care to have steady footing. An injury out here would be difficult to respond to by local emergency personal.

5. Isla de Cabuya

Cabuya, Montezuma, Costa Rica
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4.5 based on 140 reviews

Isla de Cabuya

Reviewed By GRM59 - Cheyenne, Wyoming

When the tide is out it is possible to walk to this lovely little island that is dedicated to a local cemetery. It was very peaceful and inspiring to visit there and as we were leaving, the perfect ending was a rainbow shining brightly over the island.

6. Playa Santa Teresa

15 Km de Cobano | 15 Km de Cobano, 60111, Santa Teresa, Province of Puntarenas, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica +506 2640 0080
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4.5 based on 886 reviews

Playa Santa Teresa

Reviewed By chrisfromthecape - West Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Great beach for walking, swimming and Surfing. George the lifeguard friendly and helpful. Watch the strong current. Few shells.

7. Jobbie's Long Boards

Playa Carmen, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
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Jobbie's Long Boards

At Jobbies Long Boards, Stress is a dirty word that has no place in our vocabulary. From the second you arrive It's is time to relax and indulge. All of our staff are dedicated to making your Costa Rican experience one to never forget or as we like to call it around the shop, "SuperNumberOneGoodTimes." At Jobbies Long Boards we specialize in building truly remarkable guest experiences for our Clients. From our first rate accommodations and meals to our daily Yoga and Surf Lessons you will feel your self falling in love with the local flavour from the second you arrive. The Deep Sea fishing trips with the villagers next door, Off road trips to breathtaking Waterfalls, Beachfront Massage, Canopy tours, and Sunset Bonfires on the Beach, is what separates us from the others, and will leave you forever in love with this paradise we call home. We know, Because it's exactly what happened to us. You work hard for your money, and we know any one can give you a surf lesson, Its our Mission to bring you an experience that you will never forget. Jobbies Long Boards, Serving STOKED since 2000!

Reviewed By Sofia O

Me and my friend had a surf lesson and we were Surfing for the first time. The teacher was very methodical and calm. He showed us the technique on the beach and then he took us in the water. We could stand up on the second try!! The next day we went there to rent boards to try our selves. Even if it was Christmas Day and they had planned to close early they gave us the bards to have all day! Thanks so much guys ❤️ /Sofia and Nathalie

8. La Escuela Del Sol

Del Bar Higueron, 200 metros al oeste Cabuya | Tercera entrada despues de Cafe Coyote, Cabuya, Montezuma 60111, Costa Rica +506 8884 8444
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

La Escuela Del Sol

Combine Spanish, Surfing, yoga, fire dancing and scuba certification in any combination for 1-12 weeks in Cabuya, Costa Rica. Programs include accommodations, zip line canopy tours, horseback riding, waterfall hikes, bonfires and a whole lot of fun. We have just bought a wildlife rescue center and are building a new campus. We are currently accepting volunteers willing to help with construction while we renew our permits and soon we will have a wildlife volunteer program as well.

Reviewed By Owlhaven - Temecula, California

La Escuela del Sol truly exceeded my expectations! I stayed at the school for two weeks in July, taking private intermediate level yoga classes from 7:30-8:30 followed by Intermediate Spanish from 9:30-11:00 and Spanish conversation from 11:10-12:30. This was my week two schedule. During week one, I was joined by another student during yoga and language lab. July is the off-season, so there were only three other students on site at the time.
There were two yoga instructors, who had complimentary practices. Mandy has advanced knowledge of anatomy and led me in an exploration of how the different poses can be modified to enrich my practice. Jessica introduced me to yin yoga and also helped me discover ways in which I can push the boundaries of my practice to increase openness, flexibility, and strength. Both instructors helped me make significant improvements in the "correctness" of my poses.
I was equally pleased by the progress that I made during my Spanish classes. Wendy is very skilled at explaining how the academic concepts, such as the subjunctive tenses, are used in everyday life. During the private lessons, she was willing to modify instruction to meet my needs and interests. During the language lab, she shared engaging activities that helped build fluency. For example, playing games such as Trivial Pursuit or listening to popular music and translating the lyrics.
Socially, the experience was exceptional. During my off time I went on excursions with other students, we cooked meals together, and frequently explored the local sodas (restaurants) with the owner, Jeremy. A highlight of the stay was an evening barbeque on the beach followed by a bonfire and firedancing. I also enjoyed practicing my Spanish with the school staff, who were consistently friendly and helpful.
I also appreciated the accommodations. I stayed in the on-site villas, which have a stunning view of the ocean, porch swings, and wi-fi. Next year they will be equipped with a pool. Grocery stores, restaurants, and the beach were all within easy walking distance. For excursions to Montezuma, the bus was cheap and easy to use.
Short version, I highly recommend La Escuela del Sol.

9. Costa Rican Tropical Tours

Playa Mal Pais, Mal Pais 60111, Costa Rica
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Costa Rican Tropical Tours

Our tours are a great way to explore the Nicoya Peninsula's pristine Beaches, coves and tropical beauty. We have an English speaking team that is very knowledgeable of the area and our guides take safety very seriously (all guides carry first aid kits). Our flexible tour format allows us to accommodate both small and big groups and there are great options for families traveling with kids.

Reviewed By Howieb64 - Winston Salem, North Carolina

My son and I love fishing and I picked this remote part of Costa Rica for an adventure. Father-son bonding time. Booked 2 days with Miguel. And wow!
The first day out, the boat experienced engine problems (the boat has 2). We decided we couldn't go out for marlin, so we headed in, trolling for Mahi. Caught a couple. Then hooked up with another fish which I let me son have. Suddenly it jumped in the air and it was a big marlin! Woo Hoo! The fish of a lifetime! My only regret being that I let the boy fight and catch it.
Then we caught some tuna and other species. An outstanding day. The second day of fishing was fun, although the fish weren't biting aggressively. We still had fun.
One of my most memorable fishing outings!
Miguel, Marlo and Clay worked hard on both trips. Miguel was very personable (he had the best English). They made sure we had plenty to eat and drink. Having a fair amount of fishing experience, I would heartily recommend these guys.
You may want to make sure you have access to a kitchen, or at least a grill, so you can cook what you catch. Mary's, also in Mal Pais, will cook your catch as well.
We will be going back for more.
A few notes:
- The boat doesn't have as many amenities as center console boats in the states. No seat cushions or cushions along the gunnels. And it was a bit crowded, with three crew and two passengers. So we got tossed around in the boat a bit and had some sore shins and knees. The crew, much more accustomed to the movement of the boat, had no problems.
- They prefer to be paid in cash. The banks charge big fees for cash advances, so bring adequate cash to pay the fee and tips.
- The above tip doesn't just apply to paying for the fishing trip. We never found a restaurant that took credit cards, and many hotels don't, either.
- The water is sometimes choppy. I understand it was considered moderate on our trip. If you are prone to motion sickness, it might not be for you.
Tight lines and screaming reels!

10. Playa Carmen

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica +506 2640 0110
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Playa Carmen

Reviewed By Eric P - Edmonton, Canada

Travel all CR & this is by far the crappiset place in the country ! Worst road in all the country ,pot holes size of cars , dust like their no tomorrow , everything is cover homes ,business everything.....Nobody knows how to drive .Quads and motorcycle driving like tards . Also most expensive town in whole country .Totally biggest surfer town in Costa .Personally I wouldn't waste your time if your not an experience surfer...and like a clean quiet environment try somewhere else .Way better places to see ,max stay 1 or 2 days

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