Santa Teresa Beach

Imagine the most picturesque and unspoiled white sand beach that you can where the coastline is lined with layer upon layer of unspoiled jungle, palm trees and coconut groves. You can hear the sounds of wild birds chirping and squirrels playing in the trees behind you. White-faced monkeys (capuchin monkeys) are swinging in the trees. A howler monkey’s enormous yell echoes in the distance. The stunning and powerful ocean roars in front of you and it stretches out in all directions as far as the eye can see. Welcome to Santa Teresa beach. This once sleepy beach escape is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and it is just waiting to be explored by you and your whole family. Santa Teresa beach is near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica and although, it’s a little hard to get to, it is most definitely worth the trip.

Santa Teresa Beach

Santa Teresa beach is a 5-km expanse of beach where the jungle hugs the coastline. Although the town of Santa Teresa has grown significantly over the past ten years, local building laws have forbidden any beach construction and high-rise buildings leaving this Costa Rican paradise untouched and unspoiled. From the Blue Surf Sanctuary Hotel in Santa Teresa, you can walk either south or north to explore miles of coastline in paradise.


Santa Teresa beach is alive with action in the mornings. From sun-up until about high noon, Santa Teresa beach is a haven for sports enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. Sun tanners can be seen strewn up and down the beach. Families and their young children play games and build sandcastles while trying to out-race the rising tides. Joggers and walkers make the most of the early morning cooler hours while surfers flood to the beach to take advantage of the early morning glassy ocean conditions.

Mid-day is a little quieter on Santa Teresa beach but it is actually a great place to escape some of that mid-afternoon heat. The beach here offers plenty of shady hideaways where you can haul up with a book and enjoy the cool on-shore breeze. My favourite time of the day is the sunset hour at Santa Teresa beach, which seems to be one of the busiest times on the beach. It is as if everyone in town has the same idea and they all flood to the beach to meet friends, gather and to enjoy Santa Teresa’s spectacular sunsets. As the sun dips down over the horizon, sometimes a cheer and some claps can even be heard as another perfect day at Santa Teresa beach comes to a close.

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A True Sanctuary

We are perfect for first time surfers! Our surf instructors will start you off with the very basics of learning about surfing and surfing safety. We will make sure you have a healthy respect for the ocean. You will soon understand why surfing becomes a life style as you enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

by Bearpaw , May 2020

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Perfect Surf Getaway

“Had the best time at the Blue Surf Sanctuary. Lovely part of town, with the sea and amazing food options nearby. Couldn’t fault it really….”

by max g , feb 2020


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Blue Surf Sanctuary is a boutique surf hotel located near world famous surf spots at Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Costa Rica. We have 4 wonderfully equipped Bungalows and a beautiful open air kitchen located a very short walk from the beach. Our front desk is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our surf resort not only offers Costa Rica surf vacation packages, we also offer the ultimate beach retreat with local spa services, massage, and yoga! Let us build your perfect surf trip.

Many of our guests come to Costa Rica for the awesome surf. Santa Teresa / Mal Pais has become a world famous surf location. Not only is the surf great, the beach is consistently voted tops in all of Central and South America. It really is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will love the vibe. We can help you build the perfect Costa Rica surf vacation!

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula. The two small surf towns share a 6km stretch of beach and road. There are many restaurants, surf shops, and groceries. We are located near one of the best surf breaks in the country, Suck Rock.

Do you want an active Costa Rica vacation or retreat? Improve your surfing with our surf instructors, Relax, Yoga, repeat daily! Awesome surf and yoga in paradise is a great way to spend your Costa Rica vacation. Restore your balance in paradise. Experience nature and find yourself in beautiful Costa Rica. Your inner Pura Vida is waiting for you!