"The most beautiful beaches in Latin America."
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 round!
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, definitely 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.
Taking into account the road is unpaved, dusty and full of humps, the best way to get around is using an atv or a car.
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).
Feel free to contact us if you need help booking them.
Getting there and away
Getting from San Jose to Santa Teresa can be done by road or air:
We highly recommend taking a 22 minute scenic domestic fight from San Jose to Tambor, which is about 45 minutes away from Santa Teresa. The carriers that fly there are Sansa (crc.flysansa.com) and Green Airways (costaricagreenair.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 hour drive to Puntarenas, from which one would board, along with the car, the 1.5 hour ferry ride across the peninsula to Paquera, and another 1.5 hour 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 flying into Liberia, an international airport for several US carriers, located 200km (140 miles), or about 4 hour drive from Santa Teresa.
Flying using a private helicopter is also possible; there is a landing field in the village.
Safety and Wellbeing
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.