COSTA RICA GUIDE

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Beaches

  • Santa Teresa & Mal Pais

    Santa Teresa & Mal Pais

    Santa Teresa and Mal Pais rank among the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, separated only by an intersection,...

    Beaches

  • Cabuya

    Cabuya

    Between Montezuma and Mal Pais on a beautiful stretch of coast full of small hidden, almost secret coves, is...

    Beaches White Sand

  • Manzanillo

    Manzanillo

    Shaded by palm and almendro trees the quiet beach of Manzanillo offers a relaxing bathing when mid to hight...

    Beaches

  • Hermosa Beach

    Hermosa Beach

    Beautiful Beach translated into English, as its name implies this is a perfect tropical beach, wide and sandy with...

    Beaches

  • Tambor Beach

    Tambor Beach

    The volcanic history of this area serves up a dark grey-colored, almost black sand beach which is the site...

    Beaches

  • Montezuma

    Montezuma

    Montezuma is a picturesque little town known for its beautiful beaches and adventurous waterfalls. With a bohemian atmosphere, this...

    Beaches

Culture

  • Dancing

    Dancing

    More than anything Costa Ricans love to dance. Whether it’s salsa, meringue, cumbia, reggae, or reggaeton, the dance floor...

    Culture

  • Fun Facts About Costa Rica

    Fun Facts About Costa Rica

    Costa Rica, often referred to as the Switzerland of the southern hemisphere, many think due to their lack of...

    Culture

  • Sand Castle Competition

    Sand Castle Competition

    Building a sand castle is a great way to spend a relaxing day at the beach. Watching a group...

    Culture

  • Palmares Fiestas

    Palmares Fiestas

    Palmares is the capital city of the canton of Palmares in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. Palmares...

    Culture

  • Lantern Parade

    Lantern Parade

    This parade is part of the Independence celebration, on the day before of the Independence Day all schools from...

    Culture

  • Santa Teresa Culture

    Santa Teresa Culture

    In Santa Teresa you'll find a mix of beach hotels and resorts, restaurants, shops, and private houses, as well...

    Culture

Getting Here

  • Private Charters

    Private Charters

    With exception to a helicopter transfer, no flights can take you directly to Santa Teresa.  Our closet airport is...

    $460 1-4 PAX Tax Incl

  • Private Helicopter Transfers

    Private Helicopter Transfers

    NOTHING spells VIP like a Private Helicopter Transfer from SJO to our exclusive beachfront resort. The flight takes less then...

    $1,840 and up

  • Local Flights to Santa Teresa

    Local Flights to Santa Teresa

      A quick 20 minute flight is the perfect way to begin your tropical vacation on our mystical and magical...

    $46 and up Plus Tax

  • Shuttle Service

    Shuttle Service

    There are some daily shared shuttle services available at specific departure times and certain specific locations. We are more...

    Getting Here

  • Driving to Santa Teresa

    Driving to Santa Teresa

    Taking a connecting flight from SJO to TMU/Tambor Airport is fastest and most direct/easiest route for arriving to the...

    Getting Here

  • A Map Of Nicoya Peninsula

    A Map Of Nicoya Peninsula

    Getting Here

  • A Map Of Santa Teresa & Area

    A Map Of Santa Teresa & Area

    Getting Here

Local Attractions

  • Montezuma Waterfalls

    Montezuma Waterfalls

    If you want to enjoy a great hike and beautiful waterfalls this is a "must-do" when in the Santa Teresa...

    Local Attractions

  • Suck Rock Point Break

    Suck Rock Point Break

    One of Costa Rica's top 5 surfing point breaks is in Santa Teresa and this famous wave, called "Suck...

    Local Attractions

  • Santa Teresa Organic Market

    Santa Teresa Organic Market

    A long standing tradition...probably one of Santa Teresa´s highlights, this event is a clear example of the culture and...

    Local Attractions

  • Canopy Zip-Line Tours

    Canopy Zip-Line Tours

    You have two options to do zip line, one is just about 15 min from Red Palm Villas in Mal...

    $45 per person

  • Los Suecos Beach

    Los Suecos Beach

    Los Suecos Beach (Swedish beach), is known like this because year ago there used to live a Swedish family there. Also...

    Local Attractions

  • Mal Pais Tide Pools

    Mal Pais Tide Pools

    At low tide, an incredible world of tide pools uncover.  Santa Teresa claims the most amazing just steps to the...

    Local Attractions

  • Giant Banyan Tree

    Giant Banyan Tree

    Located on the main road between Cabuya and Montezuma, it´s almost impossible to miss this beauty of nature because of it’s...

    Local Attractions

  • Cabuya

    Cabuya

    Another rare attraction of Cabuya is the small cemetery island (Isla de Cabuya), located a hundred meters off the...

    Local Attractions

  • Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

    Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

    With an area of 1270 hectares in the terrestrial and 1800 hectares in the sea, one kilometer from the...

    Local Attractions

  • Curú National Wildlife Refuge and Hacienda

    Curú National Wildlife Refuge and Hacienda

    This is another great spot for eco-tourists and animal lovers.  Curú  is part of the Tempisque Conservation Area, tropical...

    Local Attractions

National Parks

Restaurants

  • Soma at Milarepa Hotel

    Soma at Milarepa Hotel

    Immediate neighbor of Red Palm Villas, a 2 minute walk on the beach away, this "open air" pavilion style,...

    Restaurants

  • Koji´s – Sushi

    Koji´s – Sushi

    Excellent Japanese food in a relaxed beach environment, Koji´s is definitely a must if visiting Santa Teresa!  Just a...

    Restaurants

  • Nectar Int’l Cuisine

    Nectar Int’l Cuisine

    Just 3-4 minutes by foot up the beach from the Red Palm Villas, this is a special treat for...

    Restaurants

  • Rocamar

    Rocamar

      ON THE BEACH, just next to Red Palm Villas, a locals favorite, this beachside hangout serves great food reasonably priced,...

    Restaurants

  • Playa de los Artistas

    Playa de los Artistas

    A MUST if in Montezuma!  This artfully decorated open-air beachside restaurant is located in Montezuma across from Mango Hotel....

    Restaurants

  • Zwart Art Cafe

    Zwart Art Cafe

    Artist-owned gallery, book shop and cafe where you can enjoy a tasty meal or check out the studio...

    Restaurants

  • The Bakery

    The Bakery

    Traditional artisan baked goods and pastries, here they work day and night to deliver fresh goods every morning....

    Restaurants

  • Brisas del Mar

    Brisas del Mar

    With a mix of local and international cuisines, here you can enjoy amazing dishes while enjoying a great view...

    Restaurants

  • Ginger Cafe

    Ginger Cafe

    Ginger Cafe it´s a very cozy Italian Cafe, where you can enjoy a nice breakfast or lunch. The croissants...

    Restaurants

  • Al Chile Viola

    Al Chile Viola

    Offering a great collection of incredible and delicious Italian dishes prepared carefully by Italian Chef Emiliano Franceschini and served...

    Restaurants

  • Las Caracolas

    Las Caracolas

    Soda Las Caracolas offers authentic Tico dishes, delicious and fresh food in an outdoor setting, one of the few...

    Restaurants

  • Olam

    Olam

    Raw food cuisine has become increasingly popular and trendy in recent years as day by day more and more...

    Restaurants

  • Mary´s Restaurant

    Mary´s Restaurant

    Mary's serves "made from scratch" brick oven pizza nightly, as well as fish tacos, chicken burritos and a variety...

    Restaurants

  • Burger Rancho

    Burger Rancho

    Tiny little spot but very famous for delicious burgers, veggie dishes, kabobs, and slow-cooked chicken. Don’t miss the tuna burger...

    Restaurants

  • Ranchos Itauna

    Ranchos Itauna

    Offering international specialties ranging from Indonesian curries to typical Brazilian. Barbecue on Thursdays. For dinner the restaurant and bar opens...

    Restaurants

  • Kika

    Kika

    A combination of local ingredients, Argentinian cuisine and secret family recipes, this place is a good example of Santa Teresa´s vibe. Sesame...

    Restaurants

  • Papaya Lounge

    Papaya Lounge

    Perched on a hilltop overlooking Mal Pais with magnificent and spectacular views is a stunning restaurant to discover, The...

    Restaurants

Things to do

  • KINA Surf Shop Santa Teresa

    KINA Surf Shop Santa Teresa

    Have a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket, not to worry, there are lots of options to spend...

    Things to do

Travelers Checklist

  • Santa Teresa Beach

    Santa Teresa Beach

    Known as a celebrity hideaway, this little tropical paradise is everything you could dream and more. With golden sunsets,...

    Travelers Checklist

  • Welcome To Our Costa Rica Resort

    Welcome To Our Costa Rica Resort

    Possibly the #1  question we hear from guests preparing  to stay with us is “is Red Palm Villas right...

    Travelers Checklist

  • Questions and Answers

    Questions and Answers

    If this is your first trip to Costa Rica, maybe this area of our website can help you to arrive...

    Travelers Checklist

Volcanos

  • Turrialba Volcano

    Turrialba Volcano

    Located in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica along the southeast corner of the Central Volcanic Corridor. The summit...

    Volcanos

  • Tenorio Volcano and Miravalles Protected Zone

    Tenorio Volcano and Miravalles Protected Zone

    Located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica which forms part of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area. Achieving a...

    Volcanos

  • Irazu Volcano

    Irazu Volcano

    Situated in the Cordillera Central close to the city of Cartago. From the top it is possible to see both...

    Volcanos

  • Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

    Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

    Located in northwestern Costa Rica, about 25 km from Liberia in the province of Guanacaste. Its name means "The Old Woman's Corner". This...

    Volcanos

  • Poas Volcano

    Poas Volcano

    Located in the central highlands of Costa Rica. Visiting Poas Volcano is a popular day trip for travelers staying...

    Volcanos

  • Arenal Volcano

    Arenal Volcano

    Until 2010, it was Costa Rica’s most active volcano. When visiting Arenal you can enjoy its bountiful...

    Volcanos Arenol Volcano

Weather

  • North Pacific – includes Santa Teresa

    North Pacific – includes Santa Teresa

    The North Pacific is a dry desert climate.  It includes the Guanacaste Province, which is made up of Liberia...

    Weather

  • South Pacific Region

    South Pacific Region

    Includes the Osa Peninsula and the south Pacific coast; dry season is shorter in here and experiences more intense...

    Weather

  • Central Pacific

    Central Pacific

    This area includes the western parts of the San Jose and Puntarenas Provinces, extending south from the Tarcoles River...

    Weather

  • Northern Zone

    Northern Zone

    Northern Zone of Costa Rica includes Monteverde, Arenal, Ciuadad Quesada, and the northern part of Alajuela and Heredia Provinces).  January...

    Weather

  • Central Valley Region

    Central Valley Region

    Central Valley Region includes city of San Jose, Heredia, Escazu, Santa Ana, Cartago, Barva, Grecia, among others): usually weather...

    Weather

  • Caribbean Region

    Caribbean Region

    It´s hard to define when really dry season is in this region. The least rainy months tend to be...

    Weather