During my last trip to Costa Rica, three girlfriends and I took a little getaway. It’s about time I introduce you to Santa Teresa! The hippy-dippy little beach town is stretched out along one long main road on the Nicoya Peninsula, near Mal Pais, south of Nosara and Playa Guiones, my favorite surf/beach area. We stayed in a rental home outside of town, which some might find isolating but was just the escape we were looking for. Aside from a comical Halloween crab invasion every evening at sundown, the empty jungle beaches were the idyllic slice of Costa Rican paradise I have come to love about the coasts of Costa Rica.
When I drive to the middle of nowhere to flip the “off” switch, I don’t take as many photos as on a more attack-on-the senses-type trip. But I do get to feel my heart rate slow down as I take in scenes like this.
Here, I am too lazy to even stand up and just snap a photo of my view:
I can’t say enough how much I love how the thick jungle slices off into beach.
In Santa Teresa, there are a lot of expats, which can be common in Costa Rican surf towns. This can be both good and bad, depending on your preferences of travel. When I lived in Coco, we traded books in English like they were gold. So I couldn’t help but snap a photo of this sign, which almost made me tear up for joy!
Back at our house, the landlord’s dog, Ronni, kept us company. He was so sweet and loved hanging out with us. There are so many dogs in Costa Rica! After living there, I brought home two rescues myself, Jax and Chase. Who knew my first two pets would be two scrappy street dogs from Central America?
Travel is full of surprises!
We drove to Santa Teresa from Coco (more than five hours!) on Costa Rica’s famous dirt roads in Andreea’s 1993 diesel car, named Cayenne, whose adventures she details on her awesome blog, The Sasu Post.
My favorite local hot spots in Santa Teresa:
Basta Pasta: Along the main drag, Basta Pasta serves daily specials and heavy pours of wine. Kelsey and I had the best dinner here, fresh calamari and delicious pasta. One of the best meals I’ve had in Costa Rica!
Habaneros: Outdoor dining right on the beach, Habaneros boasts live music, margaritas and simple, fresh Mexican food.
Barefoot Gourmet: Charming organic market for local food shopping.
Burger Rancho: Favorite local hot spot famous for its fresh juices, tuna ceviche and yes, burgers.