Santa Teresa: a slice of heaven

One of my favorite places in Costa Rica is Santa Teresa which lies on the Southern Nicoya Peninsula. It's an enchanting and and eclectic surf and yoga hotspot, located in one of the worlds 5 Blue Zones: a geographical area where people live the healthiest and longest lives. 

Some of the best things to do in Santa Teresa is so soak up the sunshine and local flavours. Bohemian boutique hotels and design shops, organic markets, bakeries and juice bars, wellness centers and surf hostels sprinkle the main street and hidden dirt pathways leasing to the jungle and ocean.

The area is infused with a blend of expats and Costa Ricans, sharing in the like-minded mentality of 'Pura Vida' or 'Pure Life'. It's a unique beach village that creates a dynamic hub for those looking to immerse themselves in an international community who value a slower pace of life, connected to nature and inspired by the energy of an international crowd.

Santa Teresa is truly a small slice of heaven and there's something for everyone! It's powerful energy comes from the raw elements of the wild Pacific coastline, and it boasts a magic in the air from the diverse travelers and creatives it attracts. 

Below are my top suggestions on what to experience while in Santa Teresa!

Sunrise/sunset: The beach becomes a daily playground for health enthusiasts at these sacred transitions during the morning and evening. Surfers, runners, yogis, hula hoopers, dancers and everything in between show up to embrace the greatest show on Mother Earth.

Local organic market: This small market comes alive once a week boasting fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade cheeses, yogurt, natural food products and artesian goods. 

Green World Store: Health food store with superfoods, natural products and fresh produce!

Natutilus/Olam: Stay at one of my favorite small boutique hotels! Nautilus is the perfect size with 6 villas and a cozy garden area, located in one of the best parts of Santa Teresa. They have the most amazing cafe (Olam) with the best salads and smoothies under the sun! Enjoy the entire menu which plant based and curated with heart and intention. Practice in their shala and experience various types of yoga.

Earth Cafe: Cute bohemian style cafe with healthy eats - delicious fresh smoothies, acai bowls and breakfast/lunch options for Vegans/Vegetarians!

Zwart Cafe: A funky little cafe, sprinkled with artwork and a lovely menu for breakfast/lunch.

Katana: Delicious menu of all flavors Asian with many beautiful Vegan/Vegetarian options!

Koji's: Sushi lovers this is for you! A rustic shack which boats a cozy atmosphere and has a menu filled with beautiful, fresh seafood options. 

Bakery: Conveniently located in the heart of the center (near la Crusa) this small but busy bakery has all the delicious treats and coffees you could ever dream of!

Pranamar Yoga Retreat: Stay onsite in their Balinese inspired cabanas, show up for daily practice in their shala or simply enjoy their beautiful fresh plant based menu! Practice with the incredibly seasoned yogini, Nancy Goodfellow, who leads students deep into their heart through a creative flow, mantra, mudra and philosophy. Pranamar is a sanctuary not to be missed.

FlorBlanc: Daily classes in their shala space with Stefano, a charming Italian yogi who will lead you through traditional practices blended with his own unique charisma.

Rocamar: Sunday evenings are great for all ages as they often have a DJ, bonfire on the beach, hula hoopers and games. 

Banana Beach: Lounge in one of their chill outs at sundown with a cocktail, and soak up the beach vibes by doing nothing at all! The perfect spot to unwind. Often they have live music and reggae throughout the week. 

Montezuma Waterfalls: Get lost on an ATV ride through the jungle and arrive in Montezuma with idyllic postcard beaches and coves along with a 3 tiered waterfall with a swimming hole! 

LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures. Read more about her here

Lauren Lee

LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here