Santa Teresa

Nicoya Peninsula
Province of Puntarenas

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa, like other coastal villages on the Nicoya Peninsula, started as a remote fishing village, relying on agriculture, cattle ranch and small-scale fishing. Today, tourism is the main source of income for most families, and the town hosts surf camps, yoga retreats and both luxury and budget accommodations. The highlight of the area are the gorgeous beaches. 

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is well-known for surfing. Playa Carmen, La Lora, and Playa Hermosa are the best surfing beaches in Santa Teresa.

You can find many Yoga and Wellness Retreats in the area.

Santa Teresa tours to other destinations nearby

Montezuma Waterfall
About 45 minutes away, the Montezuma Waterfall is one of the most popular Nicoya Peninsula attractions. You can hike along a stream past a couple of smaller falls before coming to the main water cascade.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve of Costa Rica is part of the Tempisque Conservation Area in the province of Puntarenas, covering an area of 3,140 acres terrestrial and 4,420 acres marine on the southern tip of the Nicoya. This seabird sanctuary is popular for birdwatching. Around 240 bird species have been recorded in Cabo Blanco, along with several mammals. You might spot armadillos, anteaters, monkeys and coatis.

Curu Wildlife Refuge
Curu is located on the south of Nicoya Peninsula. The area has abundant wildlife and hosts one of the most beautiful beaches and protected bays on the Peninsula. It offers access to seeing some of the most sought-after species such as White-faced monkeys, Spider monkeys, Scarlet macaws, White-tailed deer, Collared Peccary, Coati, raccoons, coyotes, iguanas and hundreds of species of tropical and migratory birds.

Barra Honda Caves
Barra Honda's main attraction is a large, intricate system of limestone caverns. It consists of a former coral reef dating back over 60 million years. Tectonic faulting uplifted it from its former seabed and rains created underground waterways. 

Another laid-back beach town home to the famous Montezuma waterfall and beautiful scenic beaches. The town has its own array of little shops and restaurants.

Isla Tortuga Snorkeling
In just 45 minutes by boat from Santa Teresa you will arrive to the best spot for snorkeling: Isla Tortuga. It will be a nice break from the strong currents and rocky coast of many Santa Teresa beaches.

Location and Map

Driving by car from San Jose to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, takes around 5 hours (172 kms /107 miles). Take Route 27 until you reach the Paquera ferry terminal. On the other side of the water, continue to your left at Route 21, and you will arrive at Santa Teresa.

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