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Santa Teresa is a little town in Puntarenas, a province in Costa Rica. Many world-renowned chefs have made Santa Teresa their home and as a result, tantalizing restaurants encompass the town.
Whether you relax in a hammock or explore the golden beaches, forests, or waterfalls, you won't get enough of Santa Teresa.
Venture into the Curu Wildlife Refuge and hike the trails where monkeys, sea turtles, and Scarlet Macaws reside.
Snorkel next to turtles or sunbathe in the white sands of Tortuga Island.
Bring a camera and snap your photos as you zip through a nine cable canopy 3,900 feet above the forest.
Explore and learn about the tropical marine and dry forest habitats.
Take a sunset ride into the Manzanillo hills or gallop on the beach as the sun rises.
If you want to avoid the tourists and crowds, May through November is the best time to go to Santa Teresa. It rains in the evening but the beaches are less crowded with fewer surfers.
Fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose (SJO) via Nature Air or Sansa Airlines and catch a connecting flight to Tambor. From Tambor, you can take a ferry, shuttle, or private transportation to Santa Teresa.
From SJO, drive to Puntarenas and take the ferry to Paquera for ₡13,816.48 per car and ₡1,036.24 per person. From Paquera your best option is to take a private shuttle for ₡8,635.30 to Santa Teresa.
Tambor Adventure picks you up from SJO and takes you to Santa Teresa in 45 minutes. If you arrive at the San Carlos Atlantic Station in downtown San Jose, take a non-stop private bus to Santa Teresa for ₡8,635.30, and you won't have to worry about carrying or losing your luggage.
Latitude 10 Resort is an elite hotel located on the Nicoya Peninsula and within walking distance to Santa Teresa. The amenities include complimentary breakfast and yoga retreats. Don Jon's Surf Lodge and Restaurant offers private rooms, apartments, and hostels.
Mal Pais - located four miles from Santa Teresa, this patchy rocky beach is adjacent to a jungle habitat known for its capricious monkeys.
Suck Rock - the front of the Red Palm Villas Resort is known for its surfing point break and massive swells.
Marino Ballena National Park - located in Uvita de Osa in the province of Puntarenas, this amazing reserve provides a front seat to humpback whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling, and diving for sea turtles and caves.
Buses are the cheapest way to get around the surrounding province but trips take 2-3 hours. Gray Line offers one-way shuttle services starting at ₡23,039.19 or an unlimited shuttle access weekly pass for ₡113,846.83. Depending on your destination, you might have to connect to a ferry.
Taxi boats are the most convenient way to get around during the dry season. Taxi Boat Service charges ₡37,401.02 per person, which includes a land shuttle from Santa Teresa to various taxi boat departure points.
The best way to get around Santa Teresa is to rent either a 5-, 4-, or 2-seater ATV and explore the rocky and watery terrain by land; prices start at ₡80,000 per day. You can also rent standard vehicles from the Budget outlet in Mal Pais.
Playa Carmen Mall is full of restaurants, stores, surf shops, and Santa Teresa's ST/CR local store where you can buy handmade silk screened t-shirts worn by the locals. At Montezuma's downtown shopping district you will find a variety of locally made products, unique gifts, souvenirs, and culinary gift baskets.
Local fruit is very economical and abundant. Super Ronny 1 supermarket is favored for its fresh meat and whole organic chicken. You can purchase Bimbo, the Costa Rican bread, for ₡1,151.06, or a fruit smoothie for ₡1,726.20 to ₡2,876.43. However, baked goods start at ₡2,013.50.
If you crave fish, curry chicken, or chocolate mousse with your cocktails, visit Brisas del Mar, the most popular restaurant in Santa Teresa. For a cozy romantic and intimate dinner overlooking the sunset, Habanero sits on the beach and serves amazing lobster tacos and cocktails.