We just got back from a wonderful week at Blue Surf Sanctuary, and I can't say enough good things about our experience. The bungalows are extremely well-appointed and they are even nicer than they appear in the photos. They are brand-new and very high quality, with extremely comfortable beds, awesome showers and bathrooms, and wonderful balconies for relaxing with a book in the afternoon. Pia (the manager at Blue Surf) is wonderful and took care of everything we needed, and her staff is uniformly hard-working and conscientious. We woke up each morning to a fresh pot of rich Costa Rican coffee and delicious tropical fruit. After our morning surf lesson, we were served a huge breakfast of eggs, gallo pinto, pancakes, fruit, toast, juice, coffee, etc. The outdoor kitchen is relaxed and is a perfect place to hang out by the pool. The private patio and pool area at Blue Surf is a huge plus - it was really nice to have such a pretty and private place to spend time outside when we weren't on the beach. The pool is the perfect size and temperature for a refreshing dip any time of day. We were surprised by the variety and quality of the restaurants in Santa Teresa (and if you rely on Pia to make your reservations, you can't go wrong - she knows every restaurant in town). We had amazing Thai, Italian, Costa Rican, and Japanese cuisine. One night we ordered pizza in and hung out at Blue Surf for the evening, which is a nice option to have - you feel like you're in your own private backyard, rather than at a hotel! The yoga and Pilates classes are in an amazing open-air studio at Flor Blanca, which is a fancy resort about 5 minutes down the beach. Every person we interacted with, from our surf instructors (Miguel and Quique), to our massage therapist (Stefan), to the staff at Blue Surf (Pia, Mimi, Maria, Niko) were truly wonderful people who embodied the pura vida attitude. Gloria took an amazing amount of time to send prompt and detailed answers to all of my questions prior to our trip, and we were not disappointed. I can't believe that beaches like this still exist in the world - not a single piece of litter, very uncrowded, warm, clear water, perfect waves, gorgeous tidepools, amazing sunsets. If you are considering a trip to this area, I highly recommend staying at the Santa Teresa end of town, and not near Mal Pais. We came very close to choosing Beija Flor, which we stopped by while we were there, and I am so glad we didn't stay there! I'm sure it's a nice place, but the location is awful - right on the road and the closest beach is sort of gross and crowded. Blue Surf is within walking distance of the restaurants and shops in town, but it's not on the main drag, which can be very crowded and dusty from the dirt road. It is not right on beach - you have to walk down a short dirt road to get to the beach, but this is not a big deal and you can be on the beach in about two minutes. I highly recommend Blue Surf to anyone who wants a relaxing beach vacation with some great surfing, yoga, hiking, and wonderful local cuisine!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Blue Surf Sanctuary Hotel Santa Teresa
- Blue Surf Sanctuary Costa Rica/Santa Teresa