Santa Teresa, simply extraordinary!

A short relaxing break in Santa Teresa was so gratifying.  November is a wonderful time to visit, still low season, not too crowded, very little rain…. Even though some restaurants aren’t open yet for the high season, you’ll find enough options for a rewarding culinary experience.
First stop after 2 hr drive + 1hr ferry ride: The Bakery, serving reliable good food for a long time: a fresh Greek salad and an omelet plus a yummy homemade coffee cake with Costa Rican coffee… can’t think of a better start.

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img_6001Next stop: Checking in at Calista Beach Front Bungalows. Two perfectly equipped bungalows with as little and as much as one would need for a relaxing vacation. I could live here forever. The waves are just meters from your door, great shaded area to relax and the intimacy you want anywhere you travel that’s so hard to get. Priceless! If you are a surfer this is what heaven should look like!

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At night we decided to try the restaurant Shambala at the Tropico Latino Hotel, a small menu prepared by chef Randy Siles, recently named the ambassador of the sustainable and healthy cuisine plan for Costa Rica, prepares creative recipes with fresh native ingredients.  The best dish of the night was his grouper tiradito, really mouthwatering…

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Second day: Waking up to the pleasant sound of the ocean plus the breaking waves just meters from my bungalow is a dream come true. Next came a surprisingly delicious breakfast at Bali Beach Cafe. Enthusiastic Argentinians prepare food with passion at this little gem. Homemade breads, healthy bowls and juices are among their specialties. After a satisfying breakfast nothing better than a long walk on the beach. Santa Teresa is one of those beaches where you can walk forever while enjoying a nice dive in the ocean along the way. A couple of hours later, a good book became our companion for the rest of the day.

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Dinner time… we check out  Al Chile Viola, a nice Italian restaurant with 100% Santa Teresa’s vibe. A tuna/mackerel tartar, so good can’t wait to have it again, delightful bull’s meat raviolis, and a whole grilled octopus served with a roasted squash were all delicious.

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Back at the bungalow, the ocean and the waves help you doze to sleep.

The third day breakfast came after another long walk on the beach to the recently opened Cafe Social, a recommendation by my chef friend Jose Lopez, well… these guys are here to stay! Couldn’t wait to dig into the Medialuna’s pan, this yummy Argentinian croissant-like pastry was the perfect match to a Costa Rican coffee. “La Pochi” eggs where so tasteful my husband almost ordered a second serving. We even went back for a quick lunch before heading back home and tried the sandwiches and salads, all really good.

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The perfect farewell from Santa Teresa came after an hour drive:  a beautiful rainbow as seen from the ferry boat.
Santa Teresa is probably one of the best destinations in Costa Rica, not only for its beauty but for everything it offers: exceptional food, constant waves to surf, world renowned yoga retreats and low key ambiance. Visit Santa Teresa and I’ll promise an unparalleled experience.

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TIP: Bring cash! Most places take cash only!

Where to stay:
Calista 4.5/5

Restaurants and Cafes:
The Bakery 4.5/5
Bali Beach Cafe 4.5/5
Restaurante Shambala 3.5/5
Cafe Social 4.5/5
Al Chile e Viola 4/5

 

 

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