The rich coasts of Costa Rica: A surfing paradise in Santa Teresa

Indulge your love of surfing in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica with a vacation at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat.

Article by Shannon Farley

Even though there wasn’t much gold to be found, Columbus was on to something when he named Costa Rica the “rich coast.”

With more than 700 miles of beautiful beaches on two coasts, warm tropical water, spectacular waves and plentiful sunshine, the country certainly lives up to its name.

All those beaches make Costa Rica a surfer’s paradise and one of the top surfing destinations in the world. Some of the best surf spots in Costa Rica can be found along the beaches of Santa Teresa on the southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula. Santa Teresa consistently wins Best Beach awards from international media and is a favorite destination for surfers of every skill level for the year-round ideal conditions.

Most people come to Santa Teresa for the two most popular pastimes of surfing and yoga, besides the great weather, white sand beaches, and vibrant international community. The growing beach town has attracted visitors and residents from all over the globe who come for adventure and fun in the friendly, relaxed, tropical setting.

Surfing in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is great year-round. Image by Carlos Palacios.

Santa Teresa and Hermosa beaches are especially known for their constant great waves – smaller waves for beginners and overhead barrels for pros. Whether you want to try surfing for the first time or already have saltwater running through your veins, you can rent a board or take surf lessons in Santa Teresa at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat.

Sitting directly on the beach by Playa Hermosa, Pranamar Villas offers private surf lessons for beginners and intermediate surfers. Experienced surfers can inquire about guided local surf trips. In addition, many of Pranamar’s yoga vacations in Santa Teresa include surfing as part of the all-inclusive vacation package.

Pranamar Villas offers yoga retreats in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica that include surfing.

A local bilingual instructor teaches the surf lessons, which last about two hours. You’ll start out with stretching on the beach to limber you up. Then you’ll practice the basic surfing skills, safety tips and paddling techniques you’ll need to get in the water and ride a wave. The private lesson will run you $65; there are discounts if you arrange for multiple lessons.

Maybe it’s time you take that vacation you deserve and visit Pranamar Villas. The beautiful Bali-style beachfront hotel in Santa Teresa has been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for many years and was named a Top 5 Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica by Travel & Leisure Magazine.Surfing Santa Teresa, Pranamar Villas


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