Get Lost in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Trip Advisor calls it one of the top 10 beach destinations in Central and South America and more than a few celebrities have chosen to make Santa Teresa, Costa Rica their home away from home.


“Lost in Santa…”, a local expression, deftly describes what happens to many when they discover this priceless gem on the Nicoya Peninsula. Once upon a time Santa Teresa was just a sleepy little beach town that surfers, artists and yogis from around the world stumbled upon. Often, those travelers fell in love with the area and stayed, thereby creating a wonderfully eclectic, International community.


Adjacent to Mal Pais or Bad Country, Santa Teresa has the distinct flavor of an ultra hip, cosmopolitan destination, yet paradoxically boasts pristine, untouched beaches and jungle, while the dirt road that runs through the area leaves no doubt that travelers are indeed in the wild un-tamed west.


With over 90 restaurants to choose from, including Nautilus Boutique Hotel’s own Olam, the area is a delight to those who consider themselves to be foodies. For the culinary artists among us, the fisherman’s village at the end of the road in Mal Pais is a great spot to pick up freshly caught yellow fin tuna, red snapper or grouper at the end of the day, while the organic farmers market, on the beach every Saturday, is a must for mingling, listening to live music and picking up fresh vegies, herbs and fruits for the week’s culinary masterpieces.

Never a dull moment, locals and visitors alike love the amazing surf, endless hiking, biking or riding trails, art galleries, nightly live music (just pick a place!), bonfires on the beach, awe inspiring sunsets, local movie nights and more. Yoga enthusiasts can always find a top-notch yoga class and spa junkies will find that booking a massage is only a challenge when it comes to deciding who is the best therapist in town. Catch a full moon party at the beach club on the sand or hang out on a Saturday afternoon for a local football (soccer!) game. Whatever your pleasure is, you’ll probably find it in Santa Teresa. Click here for the current local weather forecast.