Santa Teresa is situated on the Pacic coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. It is a small village about 150km (93 miles) west of the capital San Jose. It used to be a remote fishing village, but today surfers, yogis and beach lovers have discovered the oasis. The charm of a sleepy little village still remains: there is one, unpaved, main road, dotted with little shops, restaurants and few supermarkets along each side. Miles and miles of pristine beach, with tropic vegetation and wild animals, such as monkeys, iguanas and more, have made Santa Teresa one of the most beautiful beaches in Latin America.
Tropical and warm year around!
Enjoying an average 30 degrees Celsius (about 90 Fahrenheit) year round, Santa Teresa, as the rest of the Nicoya Peninsula, offers three main “seasons”:
Dry (December through April, denitely no rain)
Green (the beginning of the rainy season, with some showers mostly at night)
Rainy (Sept-mid Nov) with overcast and possible showers throughout the day.
The local currency is Colones, but USD is widely accepted in Santa Teresa. There are two banks in the village with two ATMs, where you can retrieve Colones and USD.
Be prepared: most restaurants and hotels DO NOT accept credit cards, but most supermarkets do.
Getting there and away
Getting from San Jose to Santa Teresa can be done by road or air:
• We highly recommend taking a 22 minutes scenic domestic fight from San Jose to Tambor, which
is about 45 minutes away from Santa Teresa. The carrier that fly there is Sansa (crc.flysansa.com) offering daily service to San Jose and other attractions in Costa Rica such as Arenal, Tamarindo and more!
• Driving from San Jose lasts about 6 hours, and includes a 1.5 hours drive to Puntarenas, from
which one would board, along with the car, the 1.5 hours ferry ride across the peninsula to Paquera, and
another 1.5 hours drive to Santa Teresa.
• Public transportation is also available from San Jose to Cobano (normally twice a day), and then
switch to the regional green bus to Santa Teresa, connecting Cobano, Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.
• For those coming from the US, you can also try ying into Liberia, an international airport for
several US carriers, located 200km (140 miles), or about 4 hours drive.
• Flying using a chartered private helicopter is also possible; there is a landing eld in the village.
Taking into account the road is unpaved, dusty and full of humps, the best way to get around is using an
ATV (a quad), available for rent nearly anywhere in Santa Teresa. You can also rent motorcycle and bicycle.
Rental car agencies include Alamo, Budget and Toyota (location called Mal Pais if you are searching online).
Safety and Wellbeing
Santa Teresa, such as the rest of Costa Rica, is relatively safe. It is not recommended to walk on the beach alone at night, and you should always be mindful of your personal belongings. Playa Cielo has security from sunset to sunrise.
There is a 24/7 private clinic with most basic services, one Emergency Service Station and one dentist in the village. Closest public hospital is in Paquera, and the closest Private Hospital is in Liberia and/or San Jose.