Santa Teresa is a small, but fast growing town in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. It is located about 150 kilometers (93 mi) west of the capital city of San José. Like other coastal villages on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa started as a remote fishing village. The other principle industries were cattle ranching and logging. In the early 1990s, the town of Santa Teresa was “discovered” by low budget tourists and started growing since then.
Santa Teresa, stretches over 5 kilometers (3 mi) of both paved and gravel roads. Since it´s still a small city it has basic infrastructure with some shops and some internet cafés. Now, there are more than 30 hotels, ranging in price from $10 to $1000 per night. Santa Teresa is known for gold-grey beaches, good surf conditions and a relaxing atmosphere. Surfing conditions are generally best during mid to high tides. Santa Teresa has also become known for its many excellent restaurants, all started by various chefs who have moved to the area from various other countries.
Public transport in town exists and connects to the neighboring cities of Cobano, Montezuma and Mal Pais. Direct bus connections go as far as San José. Car and ATV rentals are also available. Many visitors fly to San Jose and catch a connecting flight to Tambor. Nature Air and Sansa Airlines offer this service. Once you arrive to Tambor you can take a Private shuttle or a taxi.
By car from San Jose airport you can drive through San Jose and take the ferry to the peninsula in Puntarenas that it will cost you 30 dollars for the transportation of the car and the cost per passenger it’s approximately of 1, 50 dollars. Takes around and hours and a half to get to Paquera and it leaves every day at 5:30 am, 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm and 8:30 pm. We strongly recommend that if you are planning to rent a car, make it a 4X4 wheel.
The roads are quite rough and are the typical mixture paved and gravel roads. The best way to get around Santa Teresa is to rent an ATV, side by side or an SUV if driving in from San Jose. In Santa Teresa, travelers can also rent 5 seater side by side, called “buggy”, a 4×4 vehicle that provides the feeling of a quad but the safety of a car, ideal for groups and families. Bikes are also a good and ecological choice we encourage,
Surfing and Eco-tourism are the top things in Santa Teresa to see and do. The Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve is less than 30 minutes away if you rent an ATV. The coast along the town as well as south and north of Santa Teresa has different breaks and a constant swell all year. We offer the best surf lessons in the area and board rentals for those who want to take advantage of this.
In town we have a huge variety of restaurants and styles, from simple and cheap restaurant to high level with big chefs from all over the world. Additionally, there are a variety of unremarkable sodas that serve the usual Gallo Pinto and Casados along the main road.