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Santa Teresa Beach

Santa Teresa Beach

Sitting on the western edge of the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa is a small beach town that attracts a large number of surfers. In recent years, this quiet city has become a booming tourist destination. Despite its size, Santa Teresa has been hailed as world-class for surfing in Costa Rica – with beautiful white sand beaches and waves that put a smile on the faces of surfers all year round.

The surf
With constant winds, the tides of Santa Teresa have attracted hundreds of surfers from all over the world. Despite its incredible surfing the waters here are unclassified, which welcomes surfers of any level. The waves here range from moderate to strong. Although the sailing conditions are top-notch throughout the year, the best time to visit Santa Teresa beach is from May to December, which is the tropical rainy season also called “green season”. During this time, the waves are at their best and there are many barrel shaped ones to ride.
In particular, it is important to note the green season features big waves that can be dangerous for beginners.

In addition to surfing, Santa Teresa offers a wide variety of things to do.  Many visitors enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and canopy tours. This town could not be better to spend a relaxing time with the family on its cozy beaches. However, if you are looking for adventure, be sure to take a day trip to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, 5 miles away. As the first protected area in the country, this park covers 1,270 hectares of mixed forest with 150 species of birds, such as brown pelicans, laughing gulls, ospreys, and brown boobies. In fact, this end of the peninsula is an important seabird sanctuary. You will also find forest trails and the impressive sea views that await your visit. To explore the beaches and villages, you can rent a bicycle or an ATV in the city.
Less than 3 kilometers away is Mal Pais, another ideal place for surfing. If you want a change in surfing, this little seaside community is perfect for beginners and expert surfers alike. Family activities like sport fishing, diving and kite surfing can also be found here.

The perfect welcome for newcomers has spurred a wide variety of restaurants and bars – not to mention hotels and vacation rentals for all budgets. To eat right, Santa Teresa has everything from seaside sushi to international cuisines to beef burger gems. Meandering through the city center, you will be sure to find something, even for the pickiest of palates.

How to get here

The fastest way to get to Santa Teresa is by taking the ferry from Paquera. The trip takes approximately 65 minutes, curving around the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Another option is to take a domestic flight from Juan Santa Maria International Airport near San Jose to Tambor Airport, which is 25 minutes away. Click here, you can take a bus or taxi that will direct you to the southwest approximately 35 km.

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