Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

I just returned from a getaway to Santa Theresa, Costa Rica and guys I’m so in love! Santa Teresa is located on the Nicola Peninsula which I marked below…

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As you can see, Santa Teresa is in a pretty difficult place to get to, meaning that most travelers passing through Costa Rica skip going here. Even when I lived in Costa Rica last year I never got to visit this area because you need at least three days- not doable for a quick weekend trip!

Here’s a quick cost breakdown: 

Bus from SJ to Jaco: $7

Hostel in Jaco: $22

Dinner in Jaco: $7.49

Boat from Jaco to Montezuma: $40

Shuttle from Montezuma to Santa Teresa: $10

Selina Hostel Santa Teresa (3 nights): $36

ATV Rental 24 hours: $70, split between two people $35

Food: $25

Bus + Ferry from Santa Teresa to SJ: $12

Total: $194.49

We started out in Jaco, the closest beach town to San Jose and therefor a popular destination for both tourists and locals. We spent one night in this hostel, where we booked the $40 boat ride from Jaco to Montezuma for the next morning. Although a bit expensive, this boat ride is the quickest way to get to the peninsula if you’re strapped for time. We went with Zuma Tours which provided us with a smaller boat (6 people including my friend and I) and some super cool guides. We really wanted to do a Tortuga Island excursion with Zuma as well but unfortunately it rained most of the time we were in Santa Teresa 😦

After an hour boat ride, we landed on the shores of Montezuma beach and hopped in a shuttle which took us the 20 minutes from Montezuma to Santa Teresa. We stayed at Selina Santa Teresa which was probably the coolest hostel ever! I mean look at these photos.

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Things to do in the Santa Teresa/Montezuma area include renting ATVs and riding to the waterfalls of Montezuma, surfing, beach exploring, and Tortuga Island tours like I said before.

My friend and I rented ATVs but unfortunately got rained out which was no fun lol.

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When we weren’t swimming or laying on the beach we were walking around the town which is so cute. Santa Teresa has a ton of small cafes and juice shops so there are plenty of cool places to grab a bite to eat.

On our way back to San Jose we learned there was a much cheaper option than the $40 boat ride back, which was the public bus and ferry to Puntarenas, rather than Jaco. So of course we opted for that option!

It was a long day of traveling back yesterday but the ferry ride was during sunset so we got a fantastic view from out there on the water.

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Today I’m having a major catch-up-on-work/laundry day in San Jose, tomorrow is my birthday, and the next day I take the bus north to Tamarindo to start my photography job!

As always, thanks for reading.

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