Once a sleepy surf town, Santa Teresa has become a popular tourist destination for surfers and non-surfers alike. In 2016, New York Times Style Magazine called Santa Teresa the Next Tulum. Travelers of all ages, from backpackers to families to retirees, come to Santa Teresa to enjoy this tropical paradise. Even if you don't surf, you'll find plenty to do in and around town. Santa Teresa is truly a magical place. Most of the people who now live here, originally came on vacation, fell in love, and decided to settle here.
On the Pacific Ocean, in the southwest corner of the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa and Malpais (the adjoining town just south of Santa Teresa) lie on the beach, and extend up into the hills, where there are breathtaking views of the ocean and town. The main road runs through town, parallel to the beach, with shops, restaurants, and groceries on both sides of the road. The Nicoya Peninsula is one of the worlds few Blue Zones. Residents of Blue Zones tend to live healthier, longer, lives. Is it any wonder people love living in Santa Teresa?
Santa Teresa has attracted many world class chefs, and there is a wide variety of high quality restaurants. You can find anything from Italian food, Asian Cuisine, Mexican Food, Sushi, and much more. Private chefs can also come to your villa and prepare an unforgettable meal for you.Besides surfing, there are many other trips and activities in and around Santa Teresa. See a list of some of these activities below. We're eager to help you plan your vacation.