Map of the Santa Teresa Area, Costa Rica
The core of Santa Teresa extends along 4 km of road, from the intersection of "El Cruce" on Playa Carmen until "La Lora" on Playa Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa's infamous dirt road has no sidewalks for pedestrians and cars on the potholed street stirr up lots of dust. Drive slowly, especially if you are on an ATV.
The Northern part of Santa Teresa
On the way to Playa Hermosa: El Peñon
Past the bar and discotheque of "La Lora" Santa Teresa becomes less crowded and more tranquil. Some of Santa Teresa's most upscale hotels are found to the north of the village. 2 kms past "La Lora" you pass the "Peñon", a sugar-loaf shaped rock in the sea. At low tide, take a walk on the beach for the best views. Some 200 m after the Peñon, there is a large tide pool enclosed by a reef that is great for snorkeling and swimming.
Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa
Another 2 kms further, you arrive at a junction where an uphill road to the right leads to Manzanillo and
farther to Samara and Nosara,
while a turn to the left brings you to Playa Hermosa.
Playa Hermosa (Beautiful Beach) lives up to its name: it's the picture perfect tropical beach, wide and sandy with swaying palm trees and almendros. Swimming is safe as there are no underwater rocks. Be cautious however of the rip tides on the northern part of the beach.