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Catching waves in Santa Teresa | Costa Rica

January 2, 2020 4 min read

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Catching waves in Santa Teresa | Costa Rica

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After mid temperatures in La Fortuna and misty rainforest in Monteverde, we both decided it’s time for the beach and the Vitamin Sea. Mostly when asked people were recommending Montezuma and Santa Teresa. These two spots are famous among surfers so it helped us to make a quick decision. 

WHERE IS SANTA TERESA AND HOW TO GET THERE

Santa Teresa is a small beach town located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It will usually take about 1,5 hours to get to Punta Arenas ferry port. Get on an early bus and remember about the heat outside. 

Tip: Try to arrive early to get ferry tickets, the queue can be really long.

It took almost an hour to get ferry tickets and we almost missed our boat. Another hour and a half on the ferry and another hour on the bus towards Playa Carmen – the beach right next to Santa Teresa. We found an amazing Airbnb and decided to stay for 4 nights. Unfortunately, the place is no longer available for rent 🙁

It was almost like it was meant to be. Hot and dusty! We dropped our backpacks in the room and headed straight to the beach. You will never guess but it wasn’t pleasant at all. With almost 35 degrees the water remained warm. No way you could cool down! On the way back we noticed surfboards rental 7$(~5.5£) 

Playa Carmen is a surfer’s paradise and you can train your skills as a beginner. If someday your feet for some reason take you there you should definitely stay a couple of nights. We still have beautiful flashbacks from our Airbnb homestay. It was one of the best spots we had during our travel in Central America. We met wonderful people and many times had coffees together or late night dinners. 

WHERE TO EAT

  • Soda Playa Carmen; there is a decent number of Soda’s in Santa Teresa but this was our favourite, huge portions, fresh food and cheap prices,
  • Amici; best pizza place in town, vegan options available,
  • The Bakery; good coffee but the food is a bit pricey, not many vegan options,
  • Brisas del Mar; a cool place to hang out and see the sunset, lots of draft beers

Tip: If you get access to the kitchen, there are two big supermarkets in town, Green World Store and Super Rony, where we found a wide range of vegan products and cooked our own meals!

WHERE TO STAY

  • Rio Carmen B&B; this is an absolute winner when it comes about accommodation and hospitality, the owner – Jessica was so welcoming and she made us feel like home,
  • Casa Zen Guesthouse, mid-range hotel with spacious rooms, yoga classes available, located close to the beach,

If you are on the budget we would recommend to book in advance as the prices getting up quickly, the cheapest option is Airbnb 

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GOING TO SAN JOSE?

We booked our tickets online from La Terminal  15$ (~12£) duration is 5,5 hours. There is also an option to book a direct bus to the airport. For more information about travelling in Costa Rica check here.

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