Surf-lovers and beach bums alike will find the getaway of their dreams in this Costa Rican paradise. Zip-lining, snorkeling and some of the world’s best surf will satisfy anyone with a taste for adventure, while treetop yoga, shoreline strolls and mezcal nightcaps await those looking for something a bit slower paced. Read on for how we’d recommend spending three perfect beach days in Santa Teresa (spoiler: each day ends with the best spot to catch the sunset - something you'll want to do daily).
Grab a coffee from the simply named ‘Bakery’ (a cute, yummy spot that opens early) and head down to Santa Teresa beach for a long, gorgeous walk. From the beach, it’s a short walk or drive to Horizon – a magical, treetop yoga studio where you can do a delicious class overlooking the ocean everyday at 9am or Sunset. Exhale.
Keep the zen flowing with a delicious ceviche lunch at Cevecheria, followed by a wander through the town, stopping in to check out cute, surf culture-inspired local shops. Find a cozy beach front to lounge – we recommend Banana Beach -- to watch one the world’s best sunsets and then head to Koji’s for more yummy cocktails (if you like Mezcal, we’re still dreaming of their Honey & Smoke) and sushi.
If you’re feeling morning yoga, Santa Teresa offers lots of options: Hotel Tropico Latino, Believe and Florablanca are all good bets. For your second day, Mal Pais is a beautiful beach with a more rural and relaxed vibe. The beach is defined by dramatic and picturesque sections of rocky coastline and tide pools. Walk the beach and find a shady spot under some palm leaves to lose yourself for a few hours. Pop in to La Esquinita for a delicious sandwich or salad and some boho vibes.
An alternative day is to book a day trip to gorgeous Tortuga Island for a turquoise water snorkeling adventure. Come dinner, head to Katana for an Asian fusion meal in a unique, rustic, strung light setting or Manzu. Consider closing the evening with a gaze at the stars from a beach side setting.
Make your way to Playa Hermosa and book an early morning surf lesson. Beginners and pros flock to the beach to catch that early morning glow in the warm Costa Rican waters. If you want to keep the adventure alive, consider zip-lining and waterfall hunting in nearby Montezuma or relax in the expansive beaches along the Santa Teresa shoreline. Finish your day with an affordable private chef (we love La Peninsula) serving up traditional Costa Rican fare in your villa under the fuchsia sunset or head to Zula for an Israeli dish by the beach and cap off the night with a cocktail at El Corazon.
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