A bright beach town roughly 150 kilometers west of San Jose, Santa Teresa is a gorgeous destination for groups that love the outdoors, experiencing the Caribbean, and enjoying the quaint small town life. A great spot for family vacations with safe, relaxed, and vibrantly beautiful natural landscapes, Santa Teresa wows visitors as an undiscovered, undeveloped tourist paradise.
The highlights of Santa Teresa have to be the beaches with their excellent surfing, abundant and lively underwater wildlife, and sensational views from the jungle backdrop to the wide blue, calm waves. With panoramic vistas of pure blue skies, white sea foam, turquoise waters, and white sand beaches, Santa Teresa does natural beauty on a magnificent scale. Check out Playa Santa Teresa, the town’s namesake beach and the most popular attraction, said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. For learning how to surf, beaches like Playa Hermosa and Playa Manzanillo are great at high tide for the generally calm waters and easy swimming. Families and groups love the calm and casual atmosphere of Playa Carmen, however, and flock to its pristine shores for afternoons in the sun and surf.
The area’s relaxed atmosphere and focus on environmental and health consciousness make it an amazing destination for eco-friendly groups that enjoy a good exercise. From yoga classes in thatch roof pavilions deep in the jungle and on boardwalks over the crystal clear ocean to beach massages, horseback riding tours, wellness retreats, and canopy zip line tours are among the popular choices in the Santa Teresa region.
Santa Teresa may be one of Costa Rica’s smaller towns but it maintains a rustic, earthy vibe lost in many large resort cities. Here, beaches are left uncovered by giant hotels and thousands of tourists. Instead, your travel group can tour Costa Rica as locals enjoy it, experience the underwater wildlife from rays to sharks, sea turtles, and dolphins, and explore the canopies of Costa Rica’s most untouched, pristine jungle landscapes.