While off the beaten path, Santa Teresa is an up and coming trendy beach town with so many surrounding areas worth exploring! Locals and expats alike are investing in this Costa Rica surf town.
The white sand beaches, world-class surf breaks, and postcard-worthy sunsets are the perfect backdrop for a laid-back beach lifestyle. Furthermore, health and wellness are very accessible thanks to the culinary variety and array of outdoors and fitness activities.
In this post we will introduce you to 3 of the many reasons you will love this Nicoya Peninsula gem!
1. One of the most beloved Costa Rica surf spots
Santa Teresa is home to arguably the best surf in all of Central America. As a result, lifelong and beginning surfers alike are drawn to this coast, because of the surf lessons and shops, board rentals, and year-round waves!
Certainly, the long stretch of beach between Malpais, La Lora, and Playa Hermosa offers a range of surf breaks for different skill levels. In addition, the west-facing coast is a beautiful canvas for sunsets during the last waves of the day.
2. More healthy and natural cuisine options than anywhere in the country!
More than anywhere else in Costa Rica, Santa Teresa hosts many international and healthy food options. The main streets are walkable and lined with all types of food options. As a result of the healthy lifestyle in this area, many offer menus with locally-grown, organic ingredients.
Among other options, you will find multiple vegan/vegetarian menus, beachfront dining, and fresh, locally sourced fish from Malpais. Furthermore, you will find: Mediterranean, authentic Italian food, and specialty coffee shops.
3. World-class outdoor adventures and wellness experiences in tropical surroundings
If you’re feeling adventurous, about 30 minutes away from Santa Teresa is Montezuma Waterfall. Starting at the parking lot at the base near Montezuma beach, you can take a short trek upstream to a cascading waterfall with a deep swimming pool at the bottom. Overall, hiking this attraction is wonderfully refreshing.
If your interest is to find a more centering exercise, Santa Teresa is also a great destination for yoga and wellness. There are many peaceful yoga studios in the area, of which the lush jungle and panoramic views make for the perfect environment to disconnect, reflect, and recharge.