Santa Teresa has been considered by a few magazines “The next Tulum”, but I believe it cannot be compared to any other place, as its energy and vibe it is so unique. Besides, Santa Teresa is located in one of the world’s five Blue Zone. These are areas where the population live longer and healthier. It is easy to see why this would be true even before you arrive in this town. Santa Teresa is surrounded by mountains, jungle, and beaches, there are fresh fruits in almost every tree, people that live there are very active and the sun shines almost every day of the year.
This town in the Nicoya Peninsula is famous for the world-class surf and the breathtaking beaches. Once you step in Santa Teresa you can immediately feel this hippie-surfer vibe. Surfers walking around town with their surfboards, people rolling with their beach bikes, European style cafes in every corner, restaurants serving food from all over the world, while everything being really peaceful and in a natural setting.
When to go
Ivory Tree House – the perfect honeymoon villa
It all depends what you are looking for. Santa Teresa is great the whole years around, but the town really changes according to the season, dry or wet. From December to April (dry season) the town is booming with tourists and the weather is perfect to soak up in the sun, but also it is more expensive and the roads are quite dusty. During the wet season (as the name says), it can rain a lot more, but the surf is better, everything is cheaper and a lot calmer and greener.
How to get there
There are two convenient ways to get to Santa Teresa.
The first option is to hire a car at Juan Santamaria Airport (San Jose) and drive to Puntarenas. There you will catch a ferry to Paquera and continue driving to Santa Teresa. The whole journey takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. Most of the roads are well maintained and paved, only the last 30 minutes of the journey (when approaching Santa Teresa) you will be driving in an unpaved road. It is recommended to rent a 4×4 car, so you can really enjoy all that Santa Teresa surrounding areas have to offer.
The second option is to get a domestic flight from Juan Samaritana airport to Tambor. The flight takes approximately 30 minutes. From Tambor, you have the option to hire a car or get a local taxi. The journey from Tambor to Santa Teresa will take approximately 45 minutes through beautiful mountains and jungle.
When you get to Santa Teresa you also have the option to hire a car or rent a quad bike from a few companies.
Staying at Selva Resort
Selva Resort is located in the heart of Santa Teresa, up on the hill with spectacular views of the oceans and mountains. You are only a few hundred meters from the beach, cafes, and restaurants, but yet few like a luxury secluded space in the jungle.
Villa Ebony – suite overlooking the ocean
They have three villas, Ivory Tree House, Villa Ebony and Villa Guanacaste. We stayed at Villa Ebony, their signature villa, but all of the villas offer outstanding decor, jaw-dropping views and unmatching privacy, a truly unique experience.
The views from the villa are spectacular. From most rooms and the swimming pool of Villa Ebony, you can watch the sun setting right at the Pacific ocean. A show of nature at the comfort of your villa.
Sam, the owner of the property, was super friendly and helpful and went an extra mile to make sure we had the perfect holiday.
Santa Teresa is all about healthy living and yoga. As soon as I stepped in the town I felt I was navigating through the beautiful yoga and travel Instagram accounts that we always a bit jealous of.
Selva Resort organized for us private yoga lessons right on our deck from our villa.
Villa Ebony pool view
It was a true experience to wake up and have morning yoga looking up at the ocean. Our teacher created a yoga routine that was perfect for our needs and experience levels. After that, we were ready to explore the town and everything it had to offer.
There are three main surf beaches around the area of Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa, Playa Carmen and Playa Santa Teresa. You can also find some great surf spots in Mal Pais.
In Playa Santa Teresa the waves are usually more powerful, faster and hollower, which are great for a more experienced surfer. Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen have calmer sea which is great for beginners to learn how to surf.
Selva Resort organized for us private surf lessons so we could get to check what all the fuss was about. We had three lessons during our stay, and it was the perfect introduction to surf. The teacher was great and we were surfing right on the first day. We are definitely hooked in this sport and will be coming back soon to Santa Teresa.
Staying at Selva Resort was a perfect holiday to rewind and restore. We felt reinvigorate when we left. If you are looking for a place to go, I recommend visiting Santa Teresa in Costa Rica. It will be a truly memorable holiday.
If you want to find out more go to www.selvaresort.com or check there Instagram/Facebook page @selvaresort
They also have plenty of restaurants and “Things to do around Santa Teresa” guides on their website so you can prepare yourself before you take off for your Costa Rican trip.