In the north of the Puntarenas province, south of the Nicoya Peninsula, there is a tiny village called Playa Santa Teresa. It is recognized worldwide as having some of the finest surfing conditions in Costa Rica. This beach is secluded and there are no big constructions on the beach and the town consists of one main road and all commerce and small hotels are on the sides.
Santa Teresa is becoming the main attraction of the 15 km long coastal road that goes through it. This road connects Mal Pais (South end), to Playa Manzanillo (North end), passing through Santa Teresa, El Carmen, Playa Cocal and Playa Hermosa.
The beach here offers plenty of activities to keep you busy including hiking, canopy tours and horseback riding or for those wishing to chill out and relax; you can just enjoy the sun and sunbathe for the day. There is also some good nightlife around as well as excellent dinning.
With its beautiful grey/white sandy beach and all year round swells, it is no wonder that this is a popular surfing location all year round. The off shore winds are consistent enough to provide top quality surfing throughout the year but the swells reach their peak from May to December. World class waves, suitable for any degree of surfing experience is provided by a fantastic beach break. The waves which come from the right and the left make for powerful, clean open face waves with some hollow rides on the low tide. The wave lengths are normally 50 meters but they can reach as long as 200 meters. With varying swells coming from the north-west, west and south west and with a wind westerly wind direction, the surfing conditions here are absolutely amazing. The surfing here is good all day long, but is better at dawn or sunset. Swells can reach up to 17 feet.
Playa Santa Teresa offers a perfect holiday setting and top quality surfing conditions.
Santa Teresa is especially attractive to young people, who are traveling there from all parts of the world. Therefore, apart from surfing, you will find a great nightlife there.
Santa Teresa offers accommodation of all levels and restaurants of all flavors, complemented by all the services you need for your trip, from banks to car rentals.
The best time for your trip will be in summer (December-April), it is a place where it rains a lot during the green season (May-Nov.), that’s why is the vegetation there is so lush. You may also drive along the beautiful coastal road that goes from here, to Samara: it gets flooded by rivers in winter (even in summer it is better to ask some locals what time is best to cross the rivers).