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Things to do in Playa Santa Teresa

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“Sitting on the western edge of the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa is a tiny beach village that draws in a lot of surfers , yoga enthusiasts and beach bodies. In the last several years, this laid-back town has blossomed into a booming travel destination because of its natural beautiful beaches and wonderful people that live here. Despite its size, Santa Teresa has been hailed as world-class surfing spot in Costa Rica - with gorgeous white sandy beaches and swells that put a smile on surfers' faces year-round. Besides surfing, Santa Teresa packs a variety of things to do. Many visitors enjoy horseback riding, ATVs, hiking, waterfall and canopy tours. This village couldn't be better for spending some R and R with the family on its cozy beaches.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Beach
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“The laid-back vibe! This is my favorite place to enjoy the sunset or a late-night dinner. The kitchen is open late and any item of the menu is delicious, from burgers to tuna steaks, local beer to creative cocktails. This is the place to take off your shoes, dig your toes in the sand and sip your drink in Santa Teresa style! BONUS! Banana Beach hosts events and live music performance, check the schedule on facebook or their website.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Small beachside bar and restaurant. Great for sunset or for the beach and surf. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
South American Restaurant
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“Try the veggie Spring Rolls for an appetizer and Grandma's Pork for your entree! I don't usually ever order pork, but here...it's a must.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great, healthy food options for breakfast, lunch, post-surf. Vegan/Vegetarian options. Fantastic smoothies and juices”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Italian chef hand making pasta in the jungle. Usually has a special that blends fresh caught fish with Italian style.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Well stocked grocery store in Santa Teresa. If there is something that we can't find in Playa Manzanillo, we head to Super Ronny's #2. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 7 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“This is more of a local cantina, if you like dancing they have reggae nights and live music too.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
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“Cute little restaurant / art studio combo. Great vibe, delicous breakfast and lunch with lots of healthy options.”
  • 1 local recommends
Health Food Store
“A really nice mom & pop organic produce store. Very nice selection of organic veggies, fruits, grass fed beef and free range chicken. Tons of other yummy goodies to choose from!!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place to eat. Located in the town of Santa Teresa, which is definitely a must-see for visitors to the area. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pizza Tomate is very close (walking distance) to Villa Lior. The food is awesome and they tend to have live music. I recommend everything from Pizza to the Burger! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Ginger Cafe has great breakfasts and the best coffee in town. The place has been here for many years and is owned by very friendly Italians. Great atmosphere!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Snack Place
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“Typical Costa Rican dishes and fun environment. Great for lunch and dinner, plus you can never go wrong with a Casado”
  • 7 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“We can't resist the selection of the delicious smoothies here. The 'Olam Breakfast' is perfect to get your day started.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Beach
“The laid-back vibe! This is my favorite place to enjoy the sunset or a late-night dinner. The kitchen is open late and any item of the menu is delicious, from burgers to tuna steaks, local beer to creative cocktails. This is the place to take off your shoes, dig your toes in the sand and sip your drink in Santa Teresa style! BONUS! Banana Beach hosts events and live music performance, check the schedule on facebook or their website.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Small beachside bar and restaurant. Great for sunset or for the beach and surf. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
South American Restaurant
“Try the veggie Spring Rolls for an appetizer and Grandma's Pork for your entree! I don't usually ever order pork, but here...it's a must.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great, healthy food options for breakfast, lunch, post-surf. Vegan/Vegetarian options. Fantastic smoothies and juices”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Italian chef hand making pasta in the jungle. Usually has a special that blends fresh caught fish with Italian style.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place to eat. Located in the town of Santa Teresa, which is definitely a must-see for visitors to the area. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pizza Tomate is very close (walking distance) to Villa Lior. The food is awesome and they tend to have live music. I recommend everything from Pizza to the Burger! ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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