Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica
The Travel Guide to the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information

Map of the Santa Teresa Area, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa Costa Rica Area Map

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

Santa Teresa Playa Hermosa

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

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.

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Manzanillo

El Peñon Santa Teresa

Jungle Beach

Playa Hermosa Santa Teresa

Villas Orishas

Villas Orishas

Two individual, romantic vacation rental villas

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Villas Hermosas

Hotel

Distinctive beachfront hotel with luxury villas

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El Rey Patricio

Beach Hotel

An intimate beach lodge and Spanish restaurant

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Hotel Milarepa

Hotel

Asian-inspired hotel with bungalows on the beach

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Pranamar Resort

Yoga Resort

A blissful oceanfront eco resort and yoga retreat

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The White House

Luxury Vacation Rental

An outstanding modern-design beach rental

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Maison Marazul

Beach Vacation Rental

A chic modern Moroccan luxury villa on the beach

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Playa Carmen

Playa Carmen

Playa Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais

Mal Pais

Manzanillo

Manzanillo

Road to Samara

Samara Road