24 Hours in Santa Teresa

We were midway through our trip to Costa Rica when we decided to spend 24 hours in Santa Teresa. We had started our journey in Montezuma and were now on our way to Santa Teresa thanks to Vamos Rent-A-Car who provided us with our 4×4.

As soon as we arrived to the Santa Teresa area, we stopped at Playa Carmen to eat at Product C Fish Market, the BEST restaurant in Playa Carmen, hands down. We ordered 2 fish bowls as well as two lemonade’s with rum. Great all around, do not miss this place as you drive into Santa Teresa.

Once we were done eating we started to walk around the Playa Carmen Commercial Center.  Besides Product C, the commercial center has many other restaurants and stores, including a jewelry store we visited named Del Monserrat. They sell beautiful custom made jewelry and we ended up buying a silver necklace and chatting with the owner, Esteban Monseratt.

After telling Esteban that we had nowhere to stay that night, he told us about a hip hostel over in Santa Teresa that we should check out named Selina Hostel. Taking his advice, we drove over to Selina in Santa Teresa.

Selina Santa Teresa is the biggest hostel on the main road and is more of a 4 story playground. Selina is more than a hostel. It is a curated experience that cares about the community.

The Hostel was everything we could ask for, it had an amazing vibe and a whole schedule of events. We opted to get a Suite for the night and were amazed that this Hostel felt more like a Hotel. I would certainly recommend this hostel to anyone visiting this area no matter your budget. They have rooms with A/C as well as communal rooms for you and your friends if you want to share.  Selina certainly is the best hostel in Santa Teresa.

Oh, did I mention that It is a 1 minute walk to the beach? Not just any beach. Santa Teresa Beach. Come here for sundown and make sure to thank me later. What an amazing experience.

We were really tired that night so we went to bed a little early to make sure and get up early in the morning to visit a secret cave that everyone was talking about in Mal Pais. The great thing here is that we had our 4×4, so we hopped on in and made our way to Mal Pais. After a short walk we reached the “secret cave”. We spent about an hour here just relaxing by the rocks and taking pictures.  Make sure to ask about this cave when you visit Selina, they know all about it.

When we arrived back to Selina Hostel, we scheduled a surf lesson and headed over to Playa Hermosa for yet another spectacular sunset.

This time around, thanks to our great surf instructor, Lore, from Selina Hostel, we were doing much better. Lore is a lifelong surfer and the most experienced surfer chick anywhere near Santa Teresa. We’d like to thank her very much for bringing us here. Theres nothing quite like surfing during sundown on the Nicoya Peninsula.

We would again like to thank Selina Hostel for making this an amazing experience. Look no further when booking a stay in Santa Teresa. Pura Vida!

Photos by Carlos de Varona from Chromahouse.

What did you think of the 24 hours in Santa Teresa? Any other recommendations in Montezuma? Leave us a comment below!

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