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“Very safe, very clean, very friendly” 5 of 5 stars
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Blue Surf Sanctuary
Santa Teresa~ Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 31 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Winnipeg, Canada
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“Very safe, very clean, very friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

I spent 5 nights by myself at a bungalow at the Blue Surf Sanctuary. It was a great experience. I learned to surf while staying at BSS. I went surfing with my instructor Toro every day. He was very knowledgeable, helpful and patient. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I was also impressed with how clean the accommodations were. I went during dry season and there was dust absolutely everywhere from the road!! Every morning the cleaning staff (normally just one lady) would clean all 4 bungalows and the shared kitchen. She did a great job. Also, at night there is a security guard on site. I always felt safe. Thanks for the great experience!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

I spent a few nights at the Blue Surf Sanctuary and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The owners and staff were friendly, and it felt like they doted on all of the guests without being suffocating. The location was perfect- close enough to town that you could walk there for a meal or drink and be part of the community, but far enough to have a little privacy.

Driving in Costa Rica can be a bit of a nightmare, and their staff (Toro) gave us very specific and accurate directions, which we very much appreciated. They offered their phone number for help and support throughout our trip, and made a few reservations for us as well. Overall, service was top notch. They even spent time giving me surf pointers after I declined an official lesson.

In terms of location and ammenities offered- the beach is close, the rooms are immaculate and well thought-out, and the AC was a complete luxury. Can't say enough, looking forward to my next stay.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 February 20, 2012

My wife and I visited Blue Surf Sanctuary with the idea of experiencing the Santa Teresa area and improving our surfing. The accommodations were really good and we got comfortable as soon as we arrived. The hotel is nicely appointed, is always very clean and secure and the staff were extremely helpful with everything from helping us check it to making our dinner reservations and arranging any local activities we wanted to try. While we were there the surf instructors had a challenging time finding suitable conditions given what nature was offering but they did an amazing job and on our final day we scored some good rides and definitely learned a lot. We would stay there again and would recommend Blue Surf Sanctuary to anyone looking for accommodation/surf school in the area.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

My family (2 adults, 2 boys, ages 5 & 7) spent a week at Blue Surf over Boxing Day/New Year's. We cannot say enough wonderful things about our time at Blue Surf.

The relaxed and laid-back atmosphere of the hotel was exactly what we desired. The hotel property was beautifully landscaped and was well-maintained. The staff were always attentive to any of our needs and on-hand to address any requests (Hi! Juan, Sofie, Juampi!) If we needed a reservation or a recommendation, they were quick to help and could do so in multiple languages. We were also impressed that there was someone on the property 24 hrs/day to assist.

Surf lessons for the whole family were better than we could have hoped for. Toro, Aaron and Chito were exceptional especially with the children. We always felt safe and now the boys have a real love for surfing and the ocean.

The beach is a very close walk and is stunning -- the white sands, great breaks and incredible sunsets. The attitude is very laid-back and easy going. The local restaurants were amazing and food delicious.

Much appreciation to the staff and all those at Blue Surf!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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 February 9, 2012

We had a total blast at Blue Surf, and it was hands down the best hotel we stayed on our trip around CR. We would definitely come back. We loved the rooms – so spacious, and the bathrooms, esp the star light! The grounds are really well taken care of, beautiful & tranquil, and the close proximity (1 min walking distance) to the beach & Rocamar are fantastic benefits. I loved how we could just hang out in the open air kitchen/ lounge area, making news friends -- what a great communal feeling. Also & importantly, as 3 women, we always felt so safe coming and going at night, knowing the guard was there to let us in and watch over things. I only wish we took more advantage of the awesome outdoor kitchen (next time!). Toro & the 2 Juan’s were so nice and helpful. They helped with everything from surf board rental to ATV rental & negotiation to restaurant recommendations & even helped us hook the surfboard onto the ATV, a task that isn't as easy as it looks!!

We LOVED our experience and BSS and can't wait to return again.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Victor, Idaho
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

My wife and I just got back from a honeymoon spent mostly at Blue Surf. We were truly impressed with the laid-back atmosphere of the communal area, the attention to detail in the rooms and the amazing north end location near a great beach break. However, it was the incredibly warm and helpful staff that makes this place well worth returning too. Excellent, fun surf instruction from Toro and Aaron. Fun and super helpful staff at the lodge from Sofie, Juan, Juan and Lucas. Even the night watchman was fun and helpful. Thanks everyone and Pura Vida - We are going back asap!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 July 28, 2011

The most beautiful place on earth.
Great surf instructors

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 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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Additional Information about Blue Surf Sanctuary

Address: Santa Teresa~ Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue Surf Sanctuary is a small boutique hotel & upscale surf school located in magical Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, 100 yards from the sand!Gorgeous bungalows with daily housekeeping, A/C, pool and fully equipped kitchen. We pride ourselves on our stellar customer service, our use of organic soaps and consciousness about our beautiful oceanWe offer both accommodations only, surf packages or surf lessons to outside clients! ... more   less 
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Blue Surf Sanctuary Hotel Santa Teresa
Blue Surf Sanctuary Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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