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“Too many other beautiful places to waste your time here.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Playa Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa
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Ontario
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Too many other beautiful places to waste your time here.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We have been all over CR and love this country but sad to say, we have finally found a place that just is not worth the effort to get here. Playa Santa Teresa is a very nice beach with great waves for surfers BUT the ride here for hours over rough and dusty roads is just not worth the effort because CR is full of great surfer beaches. The town of Santa Teresa is a disappointment as the streets here as well are extremely dusty. If your idea of fun is having to shield your eyes and mouth with every passing car, motorcyle and atv, then you won't mind this place. This area is just too dry and dirty for us to ever consider returning.

Visited February 2013
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Québec, Canada
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146 reviews
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“Great beach...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Very beautiful beach, long with dark sand. Great waves for surfing and boogie boarding or just for playing

Visited February 2013
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Saskatoon, Canada
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Massive Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The beach was amazing. Waves too big for swimming however if you stayed inside the surf it was fine and there were areas with pools. Almost too big as it took a lot of walking to find places. Only were a few restaurants on the beach. Most of them were on the road which we found too dusty due to the unpaved road.

Visited January 2013
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Buenos Aires
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful beach, but watch your bag!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Loved the sunsets on the beach here, and my friend and I had a good time renting a surfboard to just mess around on our own. Only thing was while my friend was in the water and I was napping on the beach my bag gotten stolen from right next to me. Very sneaky little thief! So keep your eyes open!

Visited March 2012
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Drawbacks spoil beach appeal”
3 of 5 stars 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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