Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa Named…

“Best Beach in Central America” – TripAdvisor
“World’s Top 10 Most Breathtaking Beaches” – Forbes Magazine

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are two tiny provinces adjacent to one another located in Puntarenas on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Their names are often used interchangeably when referring to the area as where the northern end of Mal Pais meets the southern end of Santa Teresa is where you will find the town center and the beginning of a 3-mile road of restaurants, surf shops, hotels, hostels and shops. The road runs parallel along the coast passing multiple beaches and surf spots. Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are world-renowned for their surf with breaks that both beginners and pros can enjoy. The coast along the town, as well as south and north, shows different breaks and a constant swell all year.

Mal Pais and Santa Teresa enjoy visitors and residents from countries all over the world giving the area an international feel and creating an eclectic and friendly community that is unlike any other. The international influence in the area has resulted in a plethora of exceptional restaurants ranging in flavors and price, creating a foodie’s paradise. The area hosts a weekly farmer’s market where the community rallies together to sell the freshest fruits and veggies among other wares. Daily activities include surfing, yoga, hiking and wildlife sightseeing.

Unlike many other small coastal towns in Costa Rica the restaurant scene in Santa Teresa allows for a variety of entertainment options, everything from acoustic musicians to DJs on the beach, there is something to see almost nightly in this quaint town. At the same time, it is easy to enjoy a quiet evening taking in Santa Teresa’s famous sunsets and experiencing the quiet atmosphere this secluded location provides. While this surfer’s paradise has received increasing attention over the last few years and real estate demand continues to rise, Santa Teresa continues to offer some of the best real estate prices in Costa Rica.

Other coastal areas within and near the Santa Teresa / Mal Pais area are Playa Hermosa, Playa Carmen and Cabuya.

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