Our fourth stop in Costa Rica: Santa Teresa on the Pacific Coast

Alexandra looking at the waves at sunset over Santa Teresa's beach.
Alexandra looking at the waves at sunset over Santa Teresa’s beach.

We spent 3 nights in Santa Teresa Costa Rica but we had to work remotely at that time. Apart from some late afternoon at the beach with some incredible sunsets and some really good food, we were not able to explore too much the area.

Santa Teresa Costa Rica in the morning
Santa Teresa Costa Rica in the morning

Where to stay in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Our hotel: We needed a quiet and confortable place to stay as we would spend most of our day inside working, having calls and doing some projects.
For this reason, we needed a large place (to be able to be confortable seated both of us, with AC for the room to be bareable during the day and some really good wifi to have some conference calls.
The room we booked at Zona Azul Santa Teresa was absolutely perfect for that and our room was even better than expected with a huge bed, huge shower, Netflix on the TV and a very nice terrace.
The only thing we were a little disappointed about was the absence of reactivity from the host regarding the activities we wanted to book (surf lesson in the morning and some in-house massages) even if only his number was available in the booklet. For this, we would advise you to look for it by yourselves/in guides not to ended up with no availabilities for anything anymore once they finally reply, 2 to 3 days later.

Where to eat in Santa Teresa

The Bakery (30 meters north of Franks at Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa): Our favorite place in Costa Rica. We went there for breakfast, lunch and even once for dinner !
Everything is delicious, juices and breakfast are particularly good. As we are French, we were a little skeptical, but even the pastries are good. Even better than some of the bakeries in Paris ! The service is really good, the atmosphere really nice and there are two large terraces. You should definitely find a spot. WiFi is good, which is always a plus, especially when you are working. Prices are little higher than common places in Costa Rica.

Tostometro (Las Piedras Road | Next to Hotel Rustico, Santa Teresa) Great place for some tacos, especially if you come during the tacos happy hour ! Service is nice and tacos were one of the best ones we had during our trip ! Prices were correct

Bajo el Arbol (100m North Malpais crossroad, Santa Teresa) For some really good tapas in a hidden garden, not so far but somehow away from the busy Santa Teresa main street, the place is great and romantic. Prices are quite high though.

Burger Rancho (in front of hostel Selina, calle principal, Santa Teresa) 30 minutes walking from the center of Santa Teresa, what a disappointment ! Fries and salad were good though, but prices are way too high for the food quality.

Santa Teresa's beach Costa Rica
Santa Teresa’s beach Costa Rica

What to do in Santa Teresa

Walk on the beach As François is not really the type to lay on his towel for more than 5 minutes, we need to keep our moments at the beach very active. The water was really warm and it was definitely a big change from France (even from Corsica) so we spent most of our time in the ocean or walking along the beach. We found some very nice spots during our walks.

Horse riding at sunset, Santa Teresa's beach Costa Rica
Horse riding at sunset, Santa Teresa’s beach Costa Rica

Enjoy sunsets We have been there 3 nights, and every night was as magical but very different. It seems sunsets are quite famous around there because the beaches were empty during the day (only few surfers on the sea) but few minutes before the sun started to go down, everybody was on the beach, bringing their own chair to lay down and watch the sunset. When you look at the pictures, you can understand why !

Santa Teresa's beach in the afternoon
Santa Teresa’s beach in the afternoon

Take some surf lessons, some yoga classes, have a massage, horseback on the beach… You will find many activities there. Many shops in the Main Street of Santa Teresa will offer all these activities. Note that surf lessons are better to be taken in the morning for beginners. Unfortunately we could not make the time for any of these, but we will definitely next time we come !

Santa Teresa's beach
Santa Teresa’s beach

Interested by Costa Rica – check our full itinerary for 3 weeks in Costa Rica or discover our previous stop in Monteverde Costa Rica.

  • Reply
    March 29, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Beautiful photos, I’d love to spend some time on those beaches.

    • Reply
      Francois Lavie
      March 29, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you! Costa Rica is very beautiful, hopefully soon we’ll be able to travel again when this crisis is over.
      Pura Vida 🙂

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