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Santa Teresa lies in the southern tip of the Nicoya Península, one of the most diverse and attractive areas of Costa Rica.
Santa Teresa is a long wide sandy beach located 6 km north of Cabo Blanco National Park, stretching to the pristine Playa Hermosa. This beautiful touristic destinations has tropical jungles, world class surf, and amazing sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.
Thanks to a community of locals and foreigners that have settled down here during the last ten years, this place offers interesting cultural events like music concerts, fashions shows, fire dancing, and acrobatic spectacules.
There are international restaurants with delicious cuisine from all over the world as well as many different kinds of outdoor activities like horse back riding, canopy, fishing tours, diving and snorkeling, surfing, kite surf, and yoga classes and retreats.
Last but not least, Santa Teresa boasts a remarkable reputation for its ecological conscienceness that gave them the "blue flag" (ecological national program) since 2001.
The southern Nicoya Peninsula is one of Costa Rica's most secluded gems. It originally belonged to Nicaragua during the colonial period and only became part of Costa Rica in 1825, when Central America gained independence from Spain. From the hilly interior the mountains sweep down to the Pacific Ocean, creating some of the most beautiful and solitary beaches of Costa Rica. Because of poor or non-existent roads, this tropical paradise has long been off the beaten track for travelers in Costa Rica.
But roads and transportation are improving slowly, and tourism is becoming an important part of the economy. Thankfully, hotels and businesses have still remained small and mostly privately owned, helping to preserve the relaxed and unhurried atmosphere of the peninsula. Travel here is still slow and it is best to resign yourself to a leisurely pace.
Malpais, which translates literally into “bad country”, is a tranquil little village with charming hotels loosely spread out along three kilometers of road. At the southern end it borders the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve while to the north it merges with Santa Teresa where you find shops, tourist facilities and a vibrant surfer scene.
Santa Teresa has become a trendy new travel destination in Costa Rica, especially attracting surfers and the younger crowds to its great waves, broad sandy beaches and dramatic sunsets. Surfers raving about the exquisite beaches and world-class surf in Santa Teresa have drawn the international scene to their new favorite spot. Many who just came for a surf vacation in Costa Rica fell in love with Santa Teresa and never left.
Cosmopolitan newcomers have added their spice and style to the local flavor, so there are now an array of international restaurants and hotels. Formerly a small fishermen's village, Santa Teresa has quickly developed into a lively little town and one of Costa Rica’s most treasured areas.
Drive 2 hours to Puntarenas and take the 1.5 hour ferry to Paquera. Drive 1.5 hours through Tambor to Cobano. From Cobano, drive a half hour to Malpais. At the crossroad turn right toward Santa Teresa. We are approximately 4 kilometers on the left (north); you will see a large wooden gate with 10º carved on it. 9.65508°N 85.18089°W.
Both Sansa and Nature Air fly to Tambor from many locations throughout Costa Rica. Domestic flights arrive at the small airport of Tambor, just a 50 minute drive to Santa Teresa and Latitude 10 Resort.
We are happy to arrange a transfer for you to ensure convenient and worriless transportation. Many guests find long distance taxis to be the easiest way to get around Costa Rica without having to navigate or drive on unfamiliar roads.
Please contact us for more detailed directions and assistance organizing your transportation.