Santa Teresa is a beach town located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It attracts a lot of surfers and it has a backpacker, hippie kind of vibe. We especially enjoyed the beach, restaurants and ATV experience.
DAY 1 FRIDAY
We were planning on renting ATVs for just one day, but when we arrived and saw everyone mobbing around on ATVs we couldn’t help ourselves and went ahead and rented the ATVs 2 full days. It was the best decision, we highly recommend! We paid $50/ day per ATV.
Banana Beach is on the main strip in Santa Teresa, literally you can’t miss it. It is a tiki style restaurant set right on the beach. The restaurant is open from breakfast to dinner, so whether you are looking for a daytime hangout spot to drink pina coladas on a lounge chair in the sand, or a happy hour sunset session, or a late night reggae dance party - this is the place for you.
DAY 2 SATURDAY
Now that have your ATVs, take those bitches to Montezuma! It is a dusty, mountainous ride but so worth it. It takes about an hour to get from Santa Teresa to the Montezuma waterfall on your ATV. Once you arrive, the hike to the lower falls is about 20-30 minutes through a slippery river and damp jungle, but the relief once you reach the waterfall is unreal. Jumping into the cool, clear natural pool washing off all the dust and sweat you’ve collected along the journey will be the best part of your trip, trust us!
What to bring on this daytime excursion:
Eye protection - Santa Teresa and Montezuma are extremely dry and dusty so make sure to bring some sort of eye protection unless your helmet has an eye shield.
Plenty of water! Like we mentioned, it is very dry, dusty and sunny so be sure to keep hydrated.
Sunscreen - the sun is intense and you may not even realize how much sun you are getting while on the ATVs because of the windy, so be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen before leaving for your Montezuma adventure.
Bathing suit - duh, you are in Costa Rica ;) You will want to jump in the Montezuma Waterfall. Once you arrived after your dusty, sweaty journey, jumping in the cool water feels amazing!
Passport - you must carry your passport with you while driving the ATV.
Cash! Almost everything in Santa Teresa and Montezuma are cash only.
Take your ATVs to Montezuma for lunch after the waterfall.
DAY 3 SUNDAY
Sundays are always our chill days, and there’s no better place to chill than paradise! The Bakery is the perfect spot to start your Sunday with a lemon ginger iced tea or iced vanilla coffee. They have everything from fresh croissants and baked breads to poached eggs and avocado toast.
Santa Teresa is a surfer’s paradise. There are endless options for renting a board or getting lessons if you are interested. Not to worry, if you aren’t an experienced surfer, Santa Teresa is a great beach to learn! If surfing isn’t for you, grab your sunscreen, snacks, and hammock and post up to enjoy a day at one of Costa Rica’s best beaches.
This restaurant was so good we actually ate here two days in a row. The vibe reminded us of southern California, everything is outside with dim lighting. The sushi rolls were excellent and the sake was even better (maybe that’s just because of how much we drank, hehe). It is the perfect spot to unwind, relax and eat sushi until you can’t move.