Being right on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, with warm Pacific Ocean, uncrowded white sand and shady palm trees, you may never want to leave your hammock or cushy lounge chair. However, there's also a lot going on in this region of the southern Nicoya Peninsula, so if you should get the urge to be active and adventurous, here are 8 top things to do in Santa Teresa Costa Rica.
You can go to beginner and advanced yoga classes every day on two beachfront yoga decks at Hotel Tropico Latino. Certified instructors also offer private yoga classes, “ungravity yoga”, acro yoga, couple’s yoga, kids’ yoga, family yoga and health fitness classes upon request. Mats, blocks, straps and other yoga props are provided for use. See the Hotel Tropico Latino yoga class schedule on their website, where you can also read about instructors Daniel Castro and Jessica Chea. Be sure to check out their great offering for Costa Rica yoga retreat vacations throughout the year.
One of the best places for stand up paddle boarding in Costa Rica is in Santa Teresa and neighboring Mal Pais. SUP (stand up paddling) is a great all-body workout, is relatively easy to learn, and is lots of fun. Stand up paddling uses a wide, long, modified surfboard with a long paddle (like a one blade kayak paddle) to maneuver in the water. Your Costa Rica paddle board guides with Mal Pais SUP Tours will teach you everything you need to know. See this cool video of the fun stand up paddling tour in Mal Pais.
While staying at surfing destination Santa Teresa Beach, take a surf lesson in the excellent rolling waves of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. No wetsuit needed, and the sun shines most of the time. Certified surf instructors at Hotel Tropico Latino go beyond teaching you basic technical skills by assessing your ability and creating a personalized surf program that will take you to the next level. Walk out the front door of your hotel room, and you can be on the beach and in the surf in a minute! There’s a hip artsy video on surfing in Santa Teresa on Hotel Tropico Latino’s website.
Horseback Riding in Santa Teresa Costa Rica
Horseback riding tours along the beautiful coastline of Costa Rica’s Santa Teresa Beach are lots of fun, especially at sunset. Tours from Hotel Tropico Latino ride along the palm-fringed shore from Santa Teresa Beach to Playa Hermosa and back.
Canopy Zip Line Tour in Santa Teresa Costa Rica
Fly high over the dry tropical forest on a canopy zip line tour by Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Adjacent to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, this exciting zip line tour in Mal Pais is nearly one mile long, with 11 platforms set high in gigantic trees that give you great views of the Pacific Ocean.
Hiking in Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
This small national private reserve at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is spectacularly picturesque with tropical forest, pure white-sand beaches, aquamarine sea, waterfalls and rivers, and abundant birds, monkeys and other wildlife to see. The Cabo Blanco Reserve is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are two main trails for visitors to walk – 1.3 km and 4 km.
Tortuga Island Tour in Costa Rica
For that picture-perfect Costa Rica tour, you have to take the one-day tour to Tortuga Island in the Nicoya Gulf. Famous for its sugary white sand beaches, tall swaying coconut palms, and crystal clear turquoise waters, Tortuga Island is a tropical paradise you’ll daydream about forever! There are few currents in the warm ocean, which make it ideal for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking.
Sportfishing in Santa Teresa Costa Rica
The coastline from Santa Teresa Beach down to Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve boasts over a dozen IGFA world records and is one of the best places for sportfishing in Costa Rica for year-round catches. Here you can find Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Snook, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Blue and Black Marlin and Roosterfish.
Staying at Hotel Tropico Latino on the beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is unforgettable. Very private guest bungalows, suites and rooms are scattered along the beachfront and in beautiful gardens shaded by huge, old trees. The Santa Teresa beachfront hotel at Playa Carmen features beachfront yoga classes, the wonderful Spa Natural, their beachside restaurant serving delicious award-winning cuisine, and the immense spread of white sand and cobalt blue Pacific Ocean right in front of Santa Teresa Beach.
Article by Shannon Farley