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“Beautiful Property!” 5 of 5 stars
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Blue Surf Sanctuary
Santa Teresa~ Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 30 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful Property!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2010

We stayed here for my friend’s 30th birthday and we brought home great memories of our stay at Blue Surf Sanctuary. The property is more beautiful in person than how it looks on the website. It was more than what I expected. The property is very well maintained and the rooms are impeccably clean. The bungalows have modern furnishings yet give a comfy, relaxing feel. The staff is friendly and many, many thanks to Pia for all her great recommendations on places to eat and activities, and especially for her efforts on making our stay so enjoyable. Pia also gave us our last surf lesson and she is a great surfing instructor. Although there were 3 of us for the lesson, she was still able to give us individualized attention. Johno, our instructor for our initial surfing lessons, was also great and this is proven by being able to stand on the board on our very first lesson.

The beach is a very short walk, less than 5 minutes, and is clean and not crowded. If you are looking for a vibrant nightlife, there really isn’t one. I really enjoyed the area because it has not yet been “commercialized” with major hotel chains. Personally, I hope it stays that way.

If you decide to drive to Santa Teresa from San Jose or Tambor airport (the better choice), be ready for the dirt roads which start after Cobano. It was quite an experience for us. A 4X4 is highly recommended. Also parking at Blue Surf is limited.

This is a great place for all types i.e. girls getaway, family vacation, solo or group travel. I highly recommend staying at Blue Surf.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • 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
    5 of 5 stars
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san francisco
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

I came on this trip with high expectations that were to no surprise, fulfilled. The staff (& I hesitate calling them that because they are more like family) made me feel right at home. Everything from healthy breakfasts to knowledgeable surf instructors to gorgeous and clean rooms gave me a sense of peace plus money well spent. The location is great (a short bike ride into town but outside enough where you can find solace) and the hotel and extra perks it comes with are very well organized. I had a wonderful time here and met incredible people while also having time for myself, which was altogether exciting, indelible and adventurous. I also moved up in the ranks from beginner to intermediate surfer thanks to the ever-so talented and patient instructors!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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So blessed to have clients like you that take time to compliment us~ so appreciated ~!
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Vancouver
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2010

To describe Blue Surf would be impossible without first saying that without Gloria (the owner) our entire wedding/vacation for us and all 20 of our guests would not have been what it was without her. Prior to our arrival she spent a great deal of time answering questions, giving suggestions, sharing tips and ideas and just being a wonderful, caring support. We knew instantly that this is where our guests should stay. We had all four bungalows booked at Blue Surf and others stayed at Villas Almendros, Red Palm, Milarepa and Casa Cecilia. Hands down, Blue Surf was chosen as the favorite for everyone. Sophie welcomed everyone with a big smile and was one of the most genuine and loving people we met in Santa Teresa. Pia, the manager, Sophie and Paula had so many excellent suggestions for restaurants and things to do around the area. They made us feel welcome and cared for and were all so fun to hang out with!
We loved Santa Teresa (in particular this area of the town) so much that we returned to spend the rest of our honeymoon there.
Rooms were cleaned thoroughly daily and there was an open kitchen for guest use, both which were not the case for all locations. There was 24hr security, board and bike rentals and an awesome surf school!
Blue Surf Sanctuary is not your typical surf accommodation. It has a real sense of style, modern but cool tropical, immaculately maintained and relaxing with a quiet, peaceful pool.
We cannot say enough to thank Gloria and her staff for a most memorable holiday. We would hands down recommend Blue Surf to anyone visiting Santa Teresa.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

What an amazing place. This lovely little place is comprised of 4 small bungalows lovingly decorated and very comfortably equiped with AC, beautiful bathrooms and adoreable little patio with french doors. Pia, Sophia and Paolo (the fantastic ladies who usher you into your vacation and help with absolutetly everything) are the nicest you'll find. We will be back for sure and would highly recommend you visit!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2010

Blue Surf is THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN SANTA THERESA!!!! unbelievably gorgeous place to stay. the rooms are amazing, gorgeously built, designed, & decorated. Super clean!
it feels tucked away sanctuary, so nice and quiet, private, but so close to the beach as well.
i think the best part of the beach too, with great surf amenities and restaurant on the beach open under the shade trees. the STAFF at Blue Surf are the best i have every seen. Sophie, Pia and Paola, (and of course Toro!!) all took wonderful care and attention to myself and my friends who stayed there. every single need we had was taken care of with enthusiasm, grace, speed, and fun! Really, those amazing gorgeous woman are the reason my stay there was so great and memorable!! i will miss you all! BUT, will be back as soon as i can. And of course, the surfing lessons and boards, & bikes for rent. highly reccommend the surf lesson with Toro!!! Book thru the girls. worth it!!
i highly recommend Blue Surf to anyone travelling either alone, or with a group of friends. this is the kind of place where you can feel like you have your own intimate place to enjoy being social or not. there is a kitchen and dining area that feels like home, but in a Cost Rican way, and a great great pool surrounded by lush flowering plants and butterflies and humming birds. you can make your own meals or have them made for you. there is a fridge for guests as well. all in all, the best stay i've had anywhere. thats me!

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Stockholm
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12 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2010

... however Blue Surf Sanctuary really deservs a fantastic review and so I find myself sharing this gem I'd rather keep a secret.
Our family with children 6 and 2 where looking for an easy going place to stay and found Blue Surf Sanctuary over the internet. We where expecting a leasurly place with not to high a standard and relaxed staff and a closness to a beautiful beach. Blue Surf Sanctuary definetly lived up to our expectations and more, providing some of the cleanest and nicest rooms/houses we stayed in when visiting Costa Rica (and we stayed at about 5-6 places)! The rooms where also nicely decorated with local (?) art and the airconditioning was quiet and effective. The hotel is small in the manner that it consist of four houses/rooms, a small pool and small garden and an outdoor kitchen/eating area/living room for all guests and personel to meet in.
All staff where lovely, especially I would like to mention the receptionists Pia, Sofia and Paula - all very good with the English language and very knowledgable about activities, ferry scheduales, shopping, doctor-visits or restaurants. Other staff spoke only Spanish but where always helpful and naturally smiling!
As breakfast was not included in the price of Blue Surf we bought our own food and used the kitchen as our own when preparing fresh fruit and fried or boiled eggs with toast, the food was kept in the big kitchen fridge for quests. We ate lunch and mostly even dinner at Roca Mar (a simple but very Pura Vida style beach front restaurant) that lay on the magnificent Santa Theresa beach about a 100 meter walk from Blue Surf.
The beach by Blue Surf, Sancta Teresa was not just magnificent but I belive we lived by the best part of it - close to a reef for beach combing and ALSO close to beautiful long sandstrips for bathing or surfing AND it was close to Manzanillo beach (to the north) with fantastic views of beautiful rock formations and also holding a tidal pool for snorkling at low tide.
Blue Surf lies a bit away from the more busy parts of Santa Teresa which we appreciated - but just a short car ride away if needed. Also, within walking distance of 10 minutes one can find about 5-6 restaurants and a mini market.
One other thing we appreciated with the area was the sounds of howler monkeys in nearby trees in the morning and the closeness to the djungle, from where we had visits of humming-birds, a racon and even lizards (that kept well out of anyones way).
Would I go back? - I was crying on the beach before we left - because of having had such a lovely and harmonious time. We stayed 7 days but could well have stayed 7 more. The area of Santa Teresa is also an open and friendly place with a strong surfer culture that attracts international travellers (that go for both leasure and to stay longer and work their way) and it makes the place easy going and full with very natural people.
If I would go back to Costa Rica I would definetly go back to Blue Surf Sanctuary and the beach of Santa Teresa - and not waste my time searching for any other beach. ;-)

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

We arrived on Christmas Eve not knowing quite what to expect. After being warmly greeted by Sophie and shown to our room, we knew we had made a great decision to stay at BSS. I'll try to summarize our opinions on Blue Surf Sanctuary below.

Rooms:

There are 4 bungalows at BSS. We stayed in the Tranquilo bungalow and were very impressed with the quality of the construction and the interior finishes. The beds were high quality, pillow-top mattresses with good quality linens. The room was decorated in a tasteful, african theme with dark wood furniture. There isn't a closet, but along one wall there is a clothes rod to hang garments, several long shelves, and a small nightstand with a couple of drawers to store some things. The bathroom has a big, tile shower, toilet, and really cool hand-carved stone sink. There is also a balcony facing the common kitchen/dining area with a couple of comfortable chairs and coffee table. There are many windows, some with blinds and some with curtains. The blinds do not offer complete privacy or block the morning sun, but it wasn't a problem for us at all. There is an air conditioning unit and ceiling fan which are great to keep things cool. We kept the AC on at all times when we were in the room. An electronic safe large enough for a laptop, cameras, and other valuables is mounted under the sink in the bathroom. Overall, we thought the bungalow was excellent.

Common area:

BSS has a very nice common, open-air kitchen and dining area. There is refrigerator for guests to store food and drinks, and a sink, stove, toaster, coffee maker (complementary coffee in the morning), and plenty of dishes and cooking utensils. There is large dining table, a small sofa, and a comfortable hammock for relaxing. There is a TV with satellite service, and a dvd player with movies and surf videos. The pool was great to cool down in after returning from the beach. There are several nice lounge chairs and umbrellas to relax in around the pool also. The outdoor shower is also nice for rinsing off sand (and dust).

Location:

BSS is on the northern end of Santa Teresa. It isn't really close to many restaurants or shops, but since we had a car this wasn't a problem for us. The rooms do back right up to the road, so you get some noise from the ATVs and cars that pass by. However, that didn't really bother us and given that the property isn't right in the middle of things, the noise was less than what I'd expect from other places in the middle of Santa Teresa. The awesome beach is only a short walk down the beach access road. The beach was never crowded while we were there (even during the busy Christmas/New Year's holiday period). There is also a rocky outcropping (suck rock) nearby where you can explore the tide pools during low tide.

Service:

The staff at BSS was outstanding. Pia, the manager, and the receptionists (Sophie and Paula) were always available to us for advice on where to eat, where to surf, and for whatever assistance we needed. Mimi did a great job cleaning the bungalows and common areas. The night guard, Victor, was also very nice and made us feel very secure. My wife and daughter took a surfing lesson from Toro and he was great. Besides doing a great job at handling all of their duties, everyone was genuinely friendly and talkative with us. During the hottest part of the day, we would often just hang out in the shade of the common area and talk with Pia, Sophie, Paula, Toro and the other guests. They are great people and we really enjoyed our time with them.

In summary, we had a great time at Blue Surf Sanctuary and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area. We would love to be able to come again sometime and would definitely return to BSS. The owner, Gloria, was also a pleasure to deal with before arriving and she answered many questions we had before our trip.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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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