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“Great place if your young”
Review of Playa Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Santa Teresa is a popular spot for young surfers. So if you are in your 20/30s and that is your thing, I would say it would be perfect. Not so much for families, though again maybe that works for you. I much preferred the beaches with a quieter vibe to the north like Nosara. You are not going to get stretches of sand to yourself. I also found it a tad more expense than other spots. One thing can really catch you out here is the fact that most restaurants and bars will only take cash, so be prepared. It is also, mainly because of the mass of people, is less well kept (to put it politely).

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for part of our honeymoon.
It’s a surfer’s paradise!! The waves are constant but gently enough that you can still swim and enjoy the sea if you have no interest in surfing. Loads of places nearby to hire surfboards or get lessons.
The sand and beach area is clean, and you can rent sunbeds for about $10 a day. Otherwise, take you beach towel and laze for free!
Don’t miss the sunsets here!! It’s a sight not everyone can experience and something you’ll never forget.
Minor point is that there aren’t that many places to eat along the beachfront, you are kind of limited if you just want to grab a drink, or some food. There is a pizzeria at the Carmen end, and of course you can always find coconut vendors :-)
A few minutes walk away is Santa Teresa town and you can find everything you need here, from ATMs to cool shops, bars, pharmacy etc.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Friendly people
Great food
White sandy beaches

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank UmiSushi
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Santa Teresa has grown into an international playground with bikini models walking from here to there. Not sure where they are heading to, but they are everywhere. We went to Playa Santa Teresa on a family vacation. We enjoyed our stay immensely. The beach is absolutely beautiful and goes forever.

The once sleepy surf spot, is now filled with incredible restaurants. And, you will pay high prices to dine. We stayed in a B&B, which was perfect for us. However, we had not planned to spend $125 for dinner each night. Lunch was at least $50. This is not Mexico. Plan accordingly. Regardless, the foodies have found this place. The food is outstanding, tasty and fresh. You can always hit up a Soda which serves local typical food. There you can get a huge yummy meal for $8.

Santa Teresa is now on the map. They get very busy during the vacation weeks. The road is still dirt, and riddled with potholes. But, those dusty bumpy roads help to maintain the charm. People are very friendly. Most of the servers are from Argentina. They are beautiful people with a hard look. Just ask a few questions in Spanish and they will light up and smile. We enjoyed meeting restaurant owners and servers. They are very kind and interesting.

Yoga and surfing seem to be the theme. I'm not into yoga, but I do appreciate people that take good care of their bodies. They are everywhere. The waves were not too crowded during high season. Still plenty of peaks for the tourist surfer. For the most part, the local surfers were friendly. I bumped into a few rippers with serious attitude and entitlement issues. But, you will find those those little punks at any beach in the world. Just laugh and tell them, "pura vida."

Do it. Go. It's a wonderful part of Coast Rica. Plan to eat great food, and pay the price.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

I am Costa Rican, and I like to travel a lot within my oun country, so Ive been around a while. I have to say Santa Teresa has the best Sunset here and is probably my #1 or #2 favorite beach in Costa Rica. Beautiful sea, beautiful people, beautiful sunset, it is marvelous. Definitely a MUST GO!!!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Dennis G
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