Located just north of the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa is home to a series of big, beautiful beaches that offer some of the most consistent surfing in Costa Rica. Yet due to its remote location at the end of a series of bumpy dirt roads, Santa Teresa still feels mellow and low-key.
Unlike many beaches in the northern Nicoya, which have become cluttered with condos and mega-resorts, the vibe here remains rugged, rustic and natural. But Santa Teresa is no longer flying under the radar. The town is now a top destination for trend-setting surfers and backpackers, and a handful of celebrity homeowners—Gisele Bündchen, Mel Gibson—ensure that Santa Teresa regularly lands in the tabloids.
The downside: Santa Teresa is no longer a secret. The upside: It’s no longer a barren outpost. These days there are a number of charming hotels, excellent restaurants and great yoga studios. For the moment, Santa Teresa exists in a Goldilocks state of development: not too little, not too much.
= Good Value
= Rated 4 or 5 “Green Leaves” by Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program
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