Santa Teresa is a booming new travel destination in Costa Rica, attracting beach lovers and surfers to its broad, white-sand beaches with world-class surf.
Since the jungle hugs the shore, you find lots of shady hideaways on the beach. Fortunately there aren't yet high-rise buildings in Santa Teresa so that views of the coast are undisturbed until the wooded hills of Mal Pais and Cabo Blanco.
Not long ago, Santa Teresa was a small village that has now become a lively town. Many who had only planned a surf vacation in Costa Rica fell in love with Santa Teresa and decided to stay.
The influx of newcomers from all parts of the world has spawned a variety of restaurants and bars, along with hotels and vacation rentals to match every taste and budget.
For their main clientele Santa Teresa offers surfer-oriented hotels, surf camps, plus numerous surf schools and shops who cater to all ages and levels of surf experience. The breaks of Playa Carmen and Playa Santa Teresa are also excellent for beginners learning to surf.
However, you don't have to be a surfer to enjoy a vacation here. Mal Pais and Santa Teresa rank among the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and on a walk to the north or south of Santa Teresa you can explore miles of picture-perfect coastline.
To visit more remote beaches and villages you can rent a bicycle or an ATV in Santa Teresa.
Tour options from Santa Teresa include the picturesque village of Montezuma with its waterfall, or Costa Rica's oldest nature reserve Cabo Blanco.
Other activities offered in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are tours by boat around the tip of the peninsula, fishing, snorkeling, kite surfing, SUP, horseback riding, or a canopy tour on the edge of the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. A very popular sport is yoga, which is offered in several hotels in Santa Teresa, some of them also specializing in yoga, surf and health retreats.
When it comes time for Santa Teresa's spectacular sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, everyone seems to gather at the beach to enjoy the cool breezes, while watching the surfers and making plans for the evening.
Santa Teresa offers plenty of nightlife, especially during high season and even more so over the Christmas holidays. Drop in to the unique atmosphere of a "Baile" in the dancehall of "La Lora", or hit Santa Teresa's other nightspots on the beach where international DJ's spin electronic dance music. Very popular in Santa Teresa are the reggae nights, music that is so perfectly in tune with the tropical lifestyle.