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Pacifica Surf Studios
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   , Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #23 of 30 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
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“Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Spent a week at the studios ensconced in a well-appointed, clean, safe and surf-induced haze-of-mind courtesy of PSS! The property is seconds from the beach tucked away on a barely perceptible pathway connecting the ocean-front to Santa Teresa's "main street". I was in one of the 4-ground floor studios overlooking the pool. Breakfast with the omnipresent Coco (the owner's charming Doberman), formal surf lessons with arguably the most impressive surf mentor I could have ever hoped for (Paoblo), and lazy afternoons laid-out in my studio patio's hammock, all my expectations were exceeded. Just enough privacy to feel remote, but also just enough company to feel connected, the hotel is perfectly sized to give the feeling that you're really just at a vacation cottage chilling out with a small number of like-minded friends. The rooms are spacious and the bathroom fairly sized. My studio was always cleaned by noon, and the floors of both my terrace and studio mopped thoroughly. Though I didn't make use of any of the ATV's, my "neighbors" seemed to take advantage of them, renting one for the week so to have access to further areas of the ocean to thus pursue more challenging and/or better waves. There's a little outdoor bar area with comfortable sofas and poofs adjacent to the pool area that offers happy hour and post-sun set drinks daily, and appetizers on special days during the week (in my case, it was Monday and there was a local DJ who was overseeing just the right music for the ambiance for our particular small gathering). There's a grocery/convenience store less than 10-minutes walk, along with cafes and local restaurants offering very reasonably priced menus just on the main drag. The grocery store is a bit overpriced but that's expected given the location. PSS was able to coordinate all my transportation needs, including the door-to-door transportation back to San Jose airport. They have boards and surf lessons for all people of all skill sets. I was mostly impressed with just how accommodating the staff was and how accessible Simone the owner was, along with his GM (Pepe). My room had adequate WI-FI with the signal growing stronger the closer I was to the pool or main reception area near the entrance. Overall, I'd return in a heart beat, probably staying longer, and renting an ATV to add to the 'local' adventure factor. Highlights for me was watching the sunset with my friends every night, and returning for a moon lit swim at the pool, sharing and regaling in surf stories of the day with other guests! ... Low-light for me was having to say adios to Coco, my loyal early morning jogging security detail, and dedicated lunch & dinner companion par excellence! ...

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I just spent a week at Pacifica Surf Studios and I would have stayed longer if I could have! The accommodations were perfect, the location superb and the staff completely welcoming, warm and friendly. The owner, Simone, and manager, Pepe, (oh and lets not forget the sweetest Doberman pinscher I ever met, Coco) were available to answer any and all questions and to ensure our stay was to our satisfaction. The rooms were large and spacious and the king size bed is exactly what is needed after spending the day in the Pacific learning to surf and swimming in the pool in the afternoon. On several mornings we saw monkeys outside of our room grazing the tree tops for food. The local food was amazing, everywhere we went. Taxi's were easy to locate. And last, but certainly not lease, our surf instructor, Pablo, was the most amazing teacher ever! He was full of knowledge, encouragement and totally fun to be with! As fairly new to surfing, I left feeling confident, excited and anxious to return in the future. I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn to surf.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

it was my third time at the pacifica and i had the best time ever,
big clean rooms with a kitchen so you can make your owen meals and never leave to the dusty rode.
amazing balcony with sitting set and a hummock so you can comfortably relax after your surf season. the pool is just in front.
simon the owner is a soul surfer how will give you all the tips you need to know for the best surf vacation you'll have.
the location of this place is right on the spot for the best brake in the area. you will get waves every day!!! the smoothies bar is great and you can enjoy some great drinks during the day.
its a very quit place hidden in the jangle far from the noise and the dust from the street.
if you looking for a quite clean comfortable place with a good AC to escape the mid day heat, this is the place.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We spent a week in Santa Teresa at Pacifica Surf Studios and will definitely go back. The place is just off the "main drag" which makes it very close walking distance to restaurants and shops. It's also only 2 minutes from the beach which was great for morning and evening walks. We don't surf, but, the waves right in front of the hotel were good and there was no lack of surfing happening. The rooms are large and roomy with a private balcony where we had coffee every morning and listened to the howler monkeys. The pool is perfect for cooling off in the afternoon as it was in the 90's while we were there. Coco, the owner's doberman, was a perfect guide. She walked with us on the beach every day! It's just overall a very relaxing place. Perfect for vacation!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Loma Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This is by far the best place to stay if you are interested in a clean, safe, quiet and close location to the beach. Simone the owner was wonderful and the staff was great. We had our toilet leaking and fixed right away. The location is 100 ft from the beach and right off the main trail. A/C was perfect and pool was clean. There is a night guard on premises and coco the dog was always around to make sure everything was in check. Get price and will be staying here the next time I come for sure. Recommend no other place in Santa Teresa than this place!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This is my second time at Pacifica Surf Studios and was amazing again!! Simone and staff make you fell at home!! Travelled with wife and two little girls and they enjoy everything !!! Location is fenomenal , beach just a few steps!! Place is very clean!! Swimpool very nice !!! Well, what else can I say? Go there and enjoy the real Pura Vida style!! Plus, you can hire ATV and surfboards!! Rooms are big and have a kitchen that's help a lot!! Congrats Pacifica Surf Studios !!!! We'll be back soon!!! My name is Alex Loures and we are from Brasil.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I have been on 2 surf trips to Santa Teresa and stayed here both times. Pacifica Surf Studios sits in the tropical forest about 50 meters from the best surf break around. The place is beautiful with natural hardwood flooring/ceiling, a pool, and landscaping that creates the perfect tropical environment you would expect. The studio rooms have either one or two beds, a fouton, refrigerator, some small appliances, and a beautiful porch overlooking the pool and yard. They also have surfboard and ATV rentals available as well as a natural juice bar. Everyone in the area is extremely friendly and welcoming, especially Simone, the owner and his guard dog "Coa-Coa". The surf there is awesome, never a flat day. I've caught waves there from waist high to well overhead and always had a blast. PSS is actually one of the closest places to the beach and the main break, making it perfect for surfers. I highly recommend PSS and hope to return there next year!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: , Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pacifica Surf Studios 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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