Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Santa Teresa
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Sweet-spot_for_travel
Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica223 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Average age 18-25 and everything that goes along with.
Town is chaotic, tall run down buildings right on the side of the road, beach covered in microplastic 😔/ plastic trash, crowded, hap hazard bars and restaurants sprinkled along the main road.

Costa Rica is so much more than this. It’s sad people consider going there as actually going to CR. Reminded me of Thailand.
Written July 11, 2021
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ohioadam
Ohio83 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Very nice beach but not the best in the pacific side of Costa Rica. It’s mainly for surfers. Beach has some places to sit under palm trees but make sure you don’t sit under coconuts as they can fall on the head and they are quite heavy. Quite a few locals passed by trying to sell us stuff and we didn’t find this nice.
Written February 13, 2021
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kristyb562
Long Beach, CA100 contributions
Feb 2022
Beautiful beach! Clean and felt very quiet the week I was there (at Florblanca and Makana's). Amazing tide pools. Rocamar Beach is also a nice spot to go to for meals, people watching and mingling.
The main part of town is busy but manageable. Agree with other reviewers that the roads are not great and it's dusty. I stayed at Florblanca and Makana's Bungalows, it's away from the party scene. Maybe try finding a place near this side of town if you want to avoid the parties, crowds, and want peace and quiet.
Written February 21, 2022
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D2756XOluisr
5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
If you don’t surf don’t waste your money and time to visit Santa Teresa. The only thing to do here is surf. Restaurants here are more expensive than in the rest of the country. There are much better places to visit in Costa Rica. There is no town here just a road with businesses.
Written August 26, 2023
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Mark D
Portishead, UK1,102 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Came here for a week with family to surf and relax on the beach as it was recommended.
The beach itself is really beautiful with the houses, hotels etc. tastefully built with trees still backing the beach.
There are litter bins and lifeguards so it is clean and safe. The sand gets very hot during the day so bring your flip flops!
In the evening it gets busy with people coming to see the sunset….very wonderful.
Written March 12, 2022
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RubiRes
6 contributions
Feb 2020
Beautiful beach, especially in the morning between 5:30 and 8 am. Very clean, many surfers and a few dogs (the friendly ones).
Choose a nice bar on the beach in the evening to watch an unforgettable sundown. Be there before 5:30 pm !
Written February 25, 2020
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Kaitee Page
Tamarindo, Costa Rica5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Santa Teresa is for young, childless humans who are addicted to surfing and that’s it. Not for families, not for people much past 30’s. It’s very beautiful, but the vibe is not going to be a match for anyone else. Visit for 1-2 nights and then move on. Be prepared for dangerous roads, psycho driving, no swimming due to dangerous currents, and massive gringo pricing. Buena suerte!
Written August 21, 2022
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Kevin and Rhond... T
Sherwood Park, Canada252 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
There was NOTHING about Santa Teresa that we enjoyed as we are a couple in our late 40's and this town is for young people who enjoy surfing, partying, hanging out ! The town is full of noisy, ATV's & vehicles ripping up the roads, which makes it difficult for driving through town and even difficult for walking as there are no sidewalks, so you have to share the road with all of these things! Unless this is the sort of thing you enjoy, I would bypass Santa Teresa altogether, as there are many other great, quiet, wonderful places to visit in this great Country!
Written February 8, 2015
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Justin T
Santa Fe, NM81 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
I have visited Santa Teresa three times now. I can no longer recommend visiting here. Santa Teresa is beautiful during the rainy season. It is extremely hot, dusty and overcrowded during the dry season. The main road along the coast is very dangerous as people drive way too fast, especially on motorcycles and ATVs. Above all, we have been stolen from every time we have visited. During this last visit my shoes were stolen off of the front porch of our room! A local told me (in a way that inferred that the theft was my fault) it's necessary to always take precautions to avoid theft in the area because it is so common. I replied that there are hundreds of other beautiful, tropical places to vacation without having to be hyper-vigilant. If you go, please take nothing you are not ready to have stolen; make sure your room has a safe and never leave anything unguarded on the beach. Safe travels.
Written September 10, 2017
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LindaRyan76
La Conner, WA111 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
We spent 4 nights of our almost 2 week Costa Rica vacation in Playa Santa Teresa. I will say that for all four of us we will not be back. It's a very busy place with surfers and a ton of motorcycles, 4 wheeled ATVs that race around cars and trucks like crazy people. I'm sorry but that's not relaxing. And it's just not an inviting place to visit. The roads in Santa Teresa are HORRID as well.
Written November 24, 2015
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