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Travel Guide to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica 2021

 
 
I have been living in Santa Teresa for almost a year now. I came here for vacation and ended up falling in love with this place. Its absolutely paradise! And who doesn't want to live in paradise?

I work remotely from here with my brand, This Way, and I still travel for modeling work an do productions here which I am grateful to be able to. I traveled here with my dog who is happy to be a beach dog and he has already got a lot of new friends here. 
The season in Santa Teresa is almost all year around. High season is from mid November - mid April which is also called "dry season". From mid April - mid November can you have some more rainy days. Mainly May and June and again Sep and October are rainy season. But this is just a rule of thumb. I have been here in all of September and October where it was only raining for max 8 days. And when it was raining it was for a night or a few hours or minutes during the day. But to be sure for better weather I recommend traveling during high season and July and August. 

Below are my guide to my favourite spots in this epic town:

Where to Eat during the day: 
The Bakery: The best breakfast and lunch serving everything from açai bowls, to Shakshuka, and breakfast bagel. Their bread and pastries are out of this world as they bake everything themselves. 
El Patio: eat in a cute little garden in North Santa Teresa serving breakfast and lunch. 

Ani's
: Acai bowls are popular here and I also like their salad bowls. 
Where to go out at night: 
I have 3 favorite restaurants in Santa Teresa that are delicious. I go to one of these still at least once a week, if not twice. 
Katana restaurant: an asian fusion restaurant which nice vibe 
El Corazon: Vegetarian restaurant which is delicious and they serve amazing drinks as well. 
Koji's: Best Japanese restaurant in town. 
For drinks and vibes I like to go to Somos for a nice margarita too. 

Where to Sleep: 
More affordable price range there are some cool hostels and charming hotels.

Fuego Lodge: A cute lodge with bungalow style rooms. The lodge has their own yoga deck where there are daily yoga classes. 
Airbnb - Ocean Apartments: I love Ocean apartments. They are located in north Santa Teresa on a hill so you have the ocean view but the hill is not so far up which means you can walk down and do not need an ATV. These apartments are fully equipped and I love waking up to ocean view. 
Villa Cacao: This hotel has studios and apartments and a common area of a pool. I stayed in one of their studios and had a great time. Its located close to the Main Street so you can walk everywhere. Its a Belgium owned hotel which are giving you great service. They will help you will everything you need. 
Horizon: A charming yoga hotel with wood cabins. I love the family-owned vibe her. The wife and husband are working here everyday in the restaurant and you feel their warm vibe throughout the hotel. 
Somos: Cool hostel with a great vibe and food truck for Indian dosas, salads, and burgers. 
  
Where to do Yoga: 

Pranamar:
Pranamar hotel is located in Hermosa. Its stunning and has a huge yoga shala deck offering daily yoga classes. They also have Yin yoga with music on Saturdays which I love. 
Horizon: Horizon hotel is a family owned hotel offering yoga in their deck overlooking the horizon. They have 2 classes daily.  And they also have a tasty organic restaurant open Monday - Saturday from early morning to 2PM. 
Florblanca: Is a tropical stunning hotel located in north Santa Teresa. Here you can practice yoga and listen to the sound of the waves as the hotel is beach front. 
 
Surfing: You can surf in several beaches in Santa Teresa. La Lora beach is the most popular beach in Santa Teresa which can also be very crowded. If you go more south you find, Playa Carmen, which is another great beach for surfing. And if you go north from La Lora you will find Hermosa Beach which is also amazing for surf. 
I like to switch it up and surf at the different beaches. It also depends on the weather conditions on where is best. 
 
 
 
 You will see the most beautiful sunsets in Santa Teresa. 
Also, an ATV is the best way to get around in Santa Teresa. So here we are. Chili and I hitting the roads. 

xx and safe travels 
Julie Pallesen 

 


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