Santa Teresa Beach has moved up to #1 of my favorite beaches in Costa Rica! The only place I would stay, of course, is Hotel Tropico Latino! My husband is Costa Rican and I've been living in the country for 12 years ... so, we've visited a few beaches. Santa Teresa is our new favorite.
The hotel's expansive property fronts the beach and protects you from the bustle of the main street and town. You'd never know the rest of the world was there if you didn't leave! Immense fig and "Pochote" trees combine with Pacific Almond and various palms in abundantly lush gardens to give you the feeling of being in a lush tropical oasis. The hammocks right on the beach, lounge chairs and even driftwood trunk "benches" are fantastic for sunset watching. Everyone says so ... but the sunsets REALLY are amazing!
The beach is an incredible mix of pulverized shells and volcanic sea glass, small sand-washed smooth pebbles, and fine light-beige sand. Watching the surfers in those big waves was impressive. There are plenty of little coves for swimming. The beach in front of Hotel Tropico Latino is actually called Playa Carmen, though the entire area and town is known as Playa Santa Teresa. A great day trip is to drive a bit further up the coast to Playa Hermosa and Playa Manzanillo -- gorgeousness in turquoise, jade, aquamarine and deep blues. Great volcanic reef to explore and crystal clear water for swimming or snorkeling.
We wanted to go hiking in Cabo Blanco, but it had rained hard during the night and the early morning. The road to get there was impassable for a flooded river. Just another reason for us to go back. Note to travelers: If you plan to visit anytime between May - December during rainy season, make sure to rent a 4x4! I had to drive in 4-wheel-drive just on the main dirt (turned slick mud) roads. The rain washes all of the summer dust away, which is lovely!
Staff at Tropico Latino are friendly and helpful --- especially Evelyn in Reception, and Roberto, the manager. Chef Randy Siles is a superstar in the restaurant creating incredible gourmet delicacies you'd expect to find in any 5-star dining capital in the world. The black squid ink-tinted tagliatelle pasta is especially delicious, as are the gyoza appetizers and the molten chocolate cake. For breakfast, try the very-filling breakfast burrito with homemade tortillas.
Rooms are all lovely. My favorites are the Beachfront Superior and the Beachfront Suite.
Thanks to all at Tropico Latino for a beautiful anniversary trip. We'll be back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropico Latino is an intimate beachfront boutique hotel located in Santa Teresa, a breathtaking white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Situated on four acres of unspoiled tropical beach, you will find beautiful swimming areas and also outcroppings of rock where natural tide pools form.Our exquisitely-designed tropical bungalows and suites, built with exotic hardwoods, are surrounded by abundant tropical gardens under an old forest canopy, giving you the feeling of landing in paradise. Immerse yourself in the most pristine natural environment and experience the wildlife of Costa Rica right outside your window. Howler monkeys, hummingbirds, iguanas and bright flowering heliconias are just a few examples of what you will see.All of our accommodations feature luxury amenities, including wireless internet, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, security safe, mini-bar, coffee maker and complimentary coffee. Ask for our new beachfront suite, featuring its own beautiful private saltwater pool and Jacuzzi. Relax poolside or lounge in a beach hammock under a grove of coconut and almond trees as you watch the sunset. You will love it!Tropico Latino resort features a full-service Spa and yoga studio. The Spa offers professional massages, wraps, exfoliations, facials, and other services such as acupuncture, manicures and pedicures. What makes our Spa different is that we create our own 100% natural healing and beauty products from ingredients like papaya, cucumber, coffee, coconut, almonds, carrots, honey and mint.Our yoga center offers daily Vinyasa Flow yoga classes and retreats. We have two beachfront open-air decks were you can receive classes while you listen to the rhythm of the waves at the ocean's edge. Yoga lessons will keep you centered, flexible and relaxed during your stay. Our classes are complete with mats, blocks and straps, and are open to everyone, from beginning students to experienced practitioners.Your stay would not be complete without a delightful dining experience. Our open-air beachfront restaurant combines a relaxed, yet classy atmosphere with nationally-renowned organic international cuisine. You will find healthy options on the menu using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and meat.Our commitment with sustainability in Santa Teresa BeachTropico Latino is an environmentally conscious hotel. We coordinate and sponsor the Blue Flag ecological program and sustainable initiatives for the beach communities of Mal Pais, Carmen, Santa Teresa and Hermosa. We are very proud that in 2012 all four beaches obtained the ecological Blue Flag recognition award, which ensures the quality and sanitation of the water, beach clean-up projects, community informational signs, and environmental education. We also are committed to conserve the vibrant biodiversity and richness of the rainforest that surrounds the region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropico Latino Hotel
- Tropico Latino Nicoya
- Hotel Tropico Latino Costa Rica/Santa Teresa