You have to be committed to get to Santa Teresa. There is no easy road to this hippy surf town – it’s either an expensive flight followed by a boat ride, a rickety bus or a long drive (up and) down a dusty, pothole riddled road.
But once you get there, the minor whiplash and flat tire will be worth it. The beaches are pristine and the surf offers something for every skill level. Plus, if you feel the need to improve that board-top balance, there are a plethora of yoga classes to slip into.
The main strip of this little town is an extension of that dirt road you rode in on. Along the way are a good range of accommodations from surfer shacks to high end resorts. The main drag also offers up a variety of food options from greasy tacos to falafels, sushi and organic vegetarian. But the main thing you’ll notice about the strip is that people are barefoot and toting their surf boards to the beach.
It’s a popular place with expats who are as staunchly against development as the locals. Will the road to Santa Teresa be paved some day? Not if they have anything to do with it. That accessibility challenge is what helps keep this Costa Rican surfer refuge pure (instead of becoming another Tamarindo). Plus, it’s another good excuse for never leaving – not that you need any more excuses.