‘The place to be in Costa Rica’ was all I was told about Santa Teresa prior to pulling up on the main dusty street upon which this surf town sits.

If you’ve begun your travel research into Costa Rica, chances are you’ll have been told about Santa Teresa in amongst other best things to do in Costa Rica. It’s the destination most people come to soak up the surf, the yoga and the beach-bum Costa Rican dream. It’s one of the most touristy spots in Costa Rica and, granted if you’re looking for somewhere to connect with other travellers and bask in some of the best sunsets and surf breaks in Costa Rica – this is the perfect location.

I have to say, I did imagine Santa Teresa to be more ‘built up’ than it actually is. This isn’t a bad thing though of course as it’s still very rough and ready, just different from the picture I had in my mind. Santa Teresa reminds me of Bali 6/7 years ago, just as the Western entrepreneurs began catching on to the paradise, buying land and popping up modern infrastructure to lure in the new age traveller. Things are changing quickly here, even in the week that I’ve been here they have completed the tarmac on half of the main road (hallelujah). If you know, you know.

There are undeniably many comforts about having such western establishments somewhere so far from home. The high-speed WIFI, pastel-coloured everything and hand-woven bamboo lanterns always attract an international crowd. Digital nomads and forward-thinking creatives galore. There’s also a fast-growing healing and eco-conscious community here in Santa Teresa with many yoga studios, ceremonies and holistic offerings to choose from.

It’s certainly an exciting place to be, live or visit but at the same time it still has a beautifully raw edge to it and you only have to dip off the main stretch and you’re in the jungle. If you’re looking to invest somewhere, this is the place to buy land right now.

After spending 1 week in Santa Teresa, I am going to share with you the best things to do in Santa Teresa, my favourite finds in Santa Teresa, places to eat in Santa Teresa and top tips for your stay here in in Santa Teresa.

I hope you enjoy this Santa Teresa travel guide, let’s get stuck in…

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