Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, located on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, were once remote fishing villages that now rely on tourism as the main source of income. Visitors can enjoy surf camps, yoga retreats, and a range of accommodations from luxury to budget. Mal Pais offers a quieter vibe, while Santa Teresa attracts a younger and livelier crowd with more small hotels, restaurants, cafes, and bars. The area’s consistent surf is a major draw for both experts and beginners, and other activities include fishing, snorkeling, canopy tours, and nature hikes in Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve.

Nearby destinations include Montezuma, Nosara and Sámara.

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Santa Teresa Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Savanna

The climate in Santa Teresa is generally tropical with high temperatures ranging from 31°C (88°F) to 35°C (95°F) throughout the year. The warmest month is March with an average maximum temperature of 35°C (95°F), while the coolest is December with an average maximum of 31°C (89°F). To avoid the rainy season, the best time to visit Santa Teresa is during the drier months of January, February, March, and December.

Santa Teresa Weather

Paquera, CR
10:10 am
weather icon 31°C | °F
L: 31° H: 31°
overcast clouds
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:24 am
Sunset: 5:50 pm

At a Glance

Population: less than 3000

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: Santa Teresa

Largest Regional City: Nicoya

Vibe: beach, ocean, rural, tourist, blue zone, meditative, locals town

Distance to Nearest International Airport

Liberia International Airport – 208 kilometers (129 miles) – approx. 3 hours and 45 minutes without heavy traffic

Juan Santamaria International Airport – 174 kilometers (108 miles) – approx. 4.5 hours without heavy traffic


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