We stayed in Tambor, which is about an hour from Santa Teresa/Playa Carmen. Everyone hyped up Montezuma, so we went there our first day in Nicoya. It was fun, but extremely small with only one bar.
The next day, I asked our concierge what are some other good areas to check out, and he told us this area. So we drove down in the early afternoon and were delighted. First of all, there are about four towns right in a row so there are many more options for little shops, cafes, etc. I liked Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen best, we didn't really explore Hermosa, etc.
After lunch (at Zwart) we did a little shopping and then spontaneously signed up for surf lessons at Nalu, which was so fun! Then we stayed for dinner and went out with some locals that we went. We were a day off- the next night was raggae night in the town which seemed like it would have been a lot of fun. We also met a lot of Americans who have up and moved to this sleepy little surf town.
I wish we had either stayed in this area or discovered it earlier in the trip so we could have spent more time. No matter what you are seeking- a great lunch, a day at the beach, or night life- you'll find it here.
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