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“Drawbacks spoil beach appeal”
Review of Playa Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Drawbacks spoil beach appeal”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

I have been to a few places in Costa Rica and wanted to give this place a try after recommendations from friends. My bf and I took Nature Air from San Jose in order to maximize our beach time. Airport at Tambor is an hour drive from the town, which is ok but the lack of transportation options make it pretty much mandatory to pay $50 for a taxi. Town itself is pretty undeveloped which may be what you are looking for however we found it less charming. Not that we were hoping for manicured streets full of gringos but the town itself is sorely lacking in infrastructure. Roads are not paved and thus extremely dusty as cars, motos, and ATV's whiz by kicking up hot dust to breathe and get in your eyes. Rarely a taxi to be seen except at night so daytime is often a long, dusty, sweaty trek to get to a restaurant or store. Speaking of shopping there is pretty much none, with the exception of the necessary supermarkets and handful of grimy clothing store selling new and often used beach stuff. Like its inhabitants, the town itself is more of a sweaty bedraggled hippie than a cool chill surf hangout. The big thing here is surfing so of course it's all about the beach, which is raw and unspoiled however there are few beach front bars for cold drinks, no places to rent umbrellas/chairs etc. however we packed a cooler and enjoyed the nature. Otherwise, the prices here everywhere are very high and we are from here in C America and speak Spanish fluently so I can only assume that the obvious foreigners are charged even more much of the time. Bottom line is the surf is decent and the beach is nice but for the amount of effort to get here and the lack of services/infrastructure we would not choose to spend our money here when you can find many better options in the region for the same cost or better.

Visited February 2013
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Spokane, Washington, United States
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“We Loved It”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

The beach was beautiful. Warm water and clean, white sand. Beautiful sunsets every night. Long stretches for walking. The town was fun too. Everyone we had contact with was nice. Lots of great places to eat. We loved the atmosphere and will be back next year. It was pretty dusty on the main road, but we got used to that and really loved our time here. After reading reviews before we got there warning of crime, we were a little concerned, but we had no trouble. We were careful to never leave anything unattended on the beach or in our vehicle and used our safe in our room. We were fortunate to have a great place to stay that was secure and didn't worry at all.

Visited January 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Love it”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

The one of the best and lest pure places on hearth .
So relax , chill place real diamond.
It's is beautiful and the beaches are amazing ,grate food and nice people if you want to live in haven Santa Teresa is the place .

Visited January 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Go for the beaches”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

At first I was put off by Santa Teresa...the noise, the dust, the unattractive and sprawling road. But then I went to the beach at sunset and I decided it was a wonderful place. The food is amazing...so many good places to try. I am a non-surfer so I probably don't appreciate this place as much as true surfers do, but I did end up having a wonderful time.

Note: I went in mid-January and there were hundreds of tan, skinny, perfect Argentinian/Brazilian girls on spring break. Be forewarned, honeymooners. Butts, everywhere. Self-esteem, lowered. Tans, plentiful.

Visited January 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2013

We spent the day at this beach, rented surf boards and enjoyed the sun set. It was a wonderful beach, spacious, nice waves, nothing to crazy. The area was very cute, lots of restaurants nearby to grab a bite to eat at the end of the day.

Visited January 2013
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