Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Santa Teresa Costa Rica Recap

Last week I had the pleasure of joining my boyfriend, his parents, his sister, and her boyfriend for an amazing vacation in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Santa Teresa is a small beach town full of an interesting mix of locals, Westerners, surfers, yogis, and artists. It attracts celebrities like Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, and Matt Damon, though the vibe is completely low-key and laid back. The area is safe, so we we're able to spend lots of time ATVing around town and checking out the local restaurants. This was a nice change from being stuck at an all-inclusive!

After flying from Toronto to San Jose, we took a small charter plane to Tambor. I have a fear of flying and being in a tiny, bumpy plane didn't help! At one point the plane dropped and I screamed. The one nice thing about the plane was that it flew close to the ground so we had an amazing view of the ocean. 

Where I stayed
The White House is a gorgeous 3-bedroom beach front villa located along Playa Hermosa. The house shares the concierge, housekeeping, and security with the Pranamar yoga resort right next door. Each morning they would bring us fresh pastries and fruit, and clean the house from top to bottom. The house has a full kitchen, so it was nice to have the freedom to cook our own meals and prepare snacks whenever we wanted.

I loved sitting in the hammocks on the beach looking at hermit krabs, spotting howler monkeys in the trees, whale watching, and drinking wine. Although we couldn't swim in the ocean right out front of the house because of rocks, it was only a 5 minute walk to prime swimming and surfing further down the beach. There's also a beautiful infinity pool right in front of the house.

I have SUPER curly hair and I left my hair straightener at home for the first time ever! I knew it would be pointless to bring it since I would be in and out of the pool all whole day. Though I won't be letting it go curly anytime soon in the city, it was nice not having to worry about doing my hair each morning. 

What I did

A big thank you to my boyfriend's mother for planning all these activities!

Yoga: Since we were located right next to Pranamar, we we're able to join classes next door at the resort and a lovely teacher Amy from Pranamar also gave us private lessons on the White House property. As much as I love doing yoga at home, nothing will ever beat looking out on to the ocean during my practice. It was so calming and I started falling asleep at end of every single class.

Horseback Riding: I used to be a crazy horse girl, so naturally I was very excited to go riding. Our awesome guides took us through the forest and along the beach, while we learned about the plants and animals.

Zip-lining: Our wild (but safe!) guides had us do some very crazy and terrifying positions while zip-lining through a beautiful forest.

Surfing: I personally didn't surf, though I enjoyed watching my boyfriend and his sister's boyfriend take surf lessons while the local dogs frolicked along Playa Hermosa. The waves are great for beginners.

Reading: I finished two books, The Glass Castle and The Invention of Wings, both great books. I added my reviews to my Reading List!

What I Ate
I'm not exaggerating when I say that I had some of the best food that I've ever tried! Most restaurants were in these nondescript, open air shacks along the road but served absolutely incredible food.

Zwart Art Cafe: An art studio/cafe that serves lots of healthy food including bowls, vegetarian dishes, smoothies, and juices. The banana pancakes that I had were good, but the atmosphere and art was better. The studio of artist Margriet Zwart is located in the middle of the cafe and her bright, unique paintings are on display. She did all of the art for the White House.

Te Parto En 8: They serve Italian food including pizza, pasta, as well as breakfast. My favorites were the pepperoni pizza,  zucchini carpaccio, and tuna carpaccio. We went twice in one week!

Koji's: A higher end sushi restaurant with a nice atmosphere. The Tuna Tataki was the best tuna dish that I have ever tried in my life! The sushi rolls and chicken teriyaki we're also pretty good.

Chicken Joe's: They serve awesome chicken (duh), fries, potato salad, tacos, and plantain chips. Their pineapple BBQ sauce is to die for! I considered bribing them for the recipe.

Soda Tiquicia: A soda is sort of like a Costa Rican diner. I had a traditional "Casado" dish with rice, beans, salad, fries, and chicken for the equivalent of $6.

Private Chef: In celebration of my boyfriend's parent's anniversary, they hired a private chef to cook dinner. We had shrimp croquettes, seabass with sweet potato puree and veggies, and banana flambe, all excellent.


  1. Your pictures are amazing! Looks like you had a fabulous time!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  2. Ahhh I've been wanting to go to Costa Rica! What an amazing trip!



Blog Design by Get Polished