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One of the most beautiful beaches

Absolutely loved it here and the sunsets are breathtaking. Do yourself a favour, go to the local... read more

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Hamilton, Canada
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Beautiful beach

Nice sandy beach perfect for surfers, Santa Teresa is a little gem with friendly people, good... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
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15 Km de Cobano | 15 Km de Cobano, 60111, Santa Teresa, Province of Puntarenas, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Absolutely loved it here and the sunsets are breathtaking. Do yourself a favour, go to the local grocery stores and grab some drinks, find a spot on the beach and watch the sunset. It will take your breath away with the views and the sound...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

Nice sandy beach perfect for surfers, Santa Teresa is a little gem with friendly people, good restaurants and a lot of yoga retreat !

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

We wanted to find a beach that wasn't rocky or that had tide pools since the beach area in front of our Air BnB was just that. We drove 10 or so minutes up to Santa Teresa from Mal Pais, and drove down this little...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Great beach - clean with lots to explore during low tide. Local spot for surfers with a good break. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful beach. The waves are excellent for surfing. The ambient is tranquil and laid back.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Elin Rhonda M
Reviewed July 31, 2018

This is a very beautiful beach and a good spot to surf. It's a cosy place but you are not alone over there, it's a touristic place.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NoeB1
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Wide open beach with proper Atlantic waves backed by trees with no hotels away from hustle of the main road through Santa Teresa.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Elohmito
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Sta. Teresa has beautiful beaches and lots of good places to eat. The biggest problem here are two fold. First is the roads. Driving from San Jose most people take the ferry from Puntarenas to Pacquera. The problem begins during the last 15-20 km of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

This beach is absolutely beautiful. It isn’t great to swim but it’s nice to enjoy the sand, the waves and look at the surfers. At around 7pm, every habitant comes and sits to watch the sunset and the surfers ride their last waves, it’s a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank babs897
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Well, nature is great: Beautiful endless, clean beach, not crowded etc. Obviously, a good place to surf but waves are generally messy - at least that's what I experienced. Actually beaches a bit off Montezuma can be pretty good and much better than that mess....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Grant D
March 16, 2018|
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Response from Al-mod | Reviewed this property |
You can take the Santa Teresa - San Jose bus (laterminalcostarica) and then switch to another bus or taxi before the ferry, but renting a quad is easier and more fun) If you get a quad, make sure to wear glasses and a face... More
Kandy F
March 8, 2018|
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Response from 688murraya | Reviewed this property |
As of Dec/17,The road to Santa Teresa is paved except for the last 3 km which is awful!Pot holed and dusty. Small cars will bottom out. For Islita take the pavement to Samara and then go south for 20 mins on a dusty pot hole... More
December 4, 2017|
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Response from Jennifer S | Reviewed this property |
There are plenty of Vegan restaurants and options in the town square and along the short road towards Santa Teresa. I would stick to an excursion company that offers surfing. Del Soul, Pura Vida Surfers and Believe Surf and... More
Travel Forum Posts
Santa Teresa and Manuel Antonio experts come here! (3 Replies)
Hi everybody! I'm leaving to Costa Rica on January 11th, and I'll spend 3 weeks. My main destiny is playa Santa Teresa, I plan to stay there at least 2 weeks, because I want to do surf, yoga, relax, and I know there are plenty of places to go in a day-trip such as: - Monteverde - Isla Tortuga - Montezuma - (feel free to complete this list) During the last week I thought about leaving ST and heading to Manuel Antonio for some days... how many days do you suggest I should go? Are...More
January 02, 2018|
Response fromcrfan|
Monteverde is definitely not a daytrip from Santa Teresa. Way too far. Instead of heading to Manuel Antonio which will be crowded and you’ve already spent weeks at the beach, I would strongly urge you to head inland and enjoy some of the things that make Costa Rica special- cloudforest, rainforest, volcanos and wildlife. Best option might be to split a week between Monteverde and Arenal (hot springs, whitewater rafting, waterfalls).
Denver, Colorado
Public bus to Playa Santa Teresa (14 Replies)
I'm backpacking with a companion and we're trying to go from Playa del Coco (just south of liberia) to Playa Santa Teresa. Can anyone explain to me the steps I have to take to get there on the public bus system. I'm assuming we'd take the bus north to the main highway (Rt 21), get off at a stop there and then catch a bus heading south to Nicoya? Are there then buses direct to Santa Teresa? How do I know where to get off to make the connection, is there a bus stop there where the...More
July 30, 2014|
Response fromroadadvisor|
Or from Liberia to Nandayure then to Santa Teresa. ..or Cobano ....Liberia Cobano....Santa Teresa... roadadvisor
Logan T
Aspen, Colorado
Liberia to Playa Santa Teresa (1 Replies)
A friend and I will be flying into Liberia Feb. 14th and are trying to make our way down to Santa Teresa that day. We will just miss the 3 pm shuttle so are now looking into other options. Does anyone have any recommendations for transportation that isn't too expensive. Or is there anyone else flying in that day that would want to share a private shuttle?
February 12, 2017|
Response fromSubjectivelyObjectiv|
You would find more info on S. Teresa forum. (This is CR generic forum.) on the destination forum, you will find prior discussions on the transportation options from the airport to S. Teresa. E.g., https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g635538… or https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g635538… .