We recently visited Costa Rica on an 8 day trip. The last half of our trip was spent at more resort type locations and we wanted the first have to be spent in a smaller beach town with a little less crowd. Santa Theresa hit the spot perfectly. The drive is a little more rough but worth the trip especially if you are looking for a CR beach town before commercialization. Hotel Meli Melo was the perfect compliment to our visit and I was very impressed with the hospitality of Melanie and her family. They where very gracious hosts and we would have been fine staying the whole trip there.