Nautilus Hotel Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Golfo de Nicoya

Luxury eco-friendly surf resort offering finest quality villa accommodation with your holiday home break within 3 minutes' walk and surf guiding possible.

LowPressure’s Stormrider Surf Guide says

The Surf at Golfo De Nicoya, Costa Rica

In the ‘70’s, Central America began to attract U.S surfers, looking for exotic waves close to home. Costa Rica was a major draw, where it was possible to be surfing an endless, peeling pointbreak, within an hour’s drive of the airport and a choice of two very different coastlines. Political stability, high degree of education and an absence of civil war, so popular in neighbouring countries, has earned it the reputation of being a ‘Latin Switzerland’. Compared to its population, Costa Rica has an incredible number of surfing expats and travellers, representing 10% of all tourists, which translates to 100,000 surfers. Areas such as Guanacaste, became a victim of its own success, so new waves were sought around the Nicoya Gulf, opening up places like Mal Pais. Despite the shocking access roads requiring 4WD in the wet season, this wild area became a surf-school heaven, trading on idyllic tropical scenery, incredible national park wildlife and mellow beachbreaks.

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Condition descriptions provided by the Operator

Just a 3 minute walk from the hotel is the best surfing spot in Santa Teresa /mal Pais beaches.Santa Teresa beach has some of the best and least crowded surf in the world. You have choices to the north and the south on the beach. The water is always warm and the waves are always big enough. We can rent you a board and take care of all your surfing needs. If you want to learn, we can also arrange surfing lessons.

The beach village of Playa Santa Teresa is located in the south of the Nicoya Peninsula. This beach is known worldwide for some of the best surfing spots in Central America. Private and secluded, Playa Santa Teresa lies on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and is roughly 150 km west of the capital city San Jose. Situated north of the very popular Playa Mal Pais, Playa Santa Teresa is a beautiful white/grey sandy beach with swells that are superb all year round. Some 12 km south-east of Cobano.


Santa Teresa area

Get Lost in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Trip Advisor calls it one of the top 10 beach destinations in Central and South America and more than a few celebrities have chosen to make it their home away from home.

“Lost in Santa…”, a local expression, deftly describes what happens to many when they discover this priceless gem on the Nicoya Peninsula. Once upon a time Santa Teresa was just a sleepy little beach town that surfers, artists and yogis from around the world stumbled upon. Often, those travelers fell in love with the area and stayed, thereby creating a wonderfully eclectic, International community.

Adjacent to Mal Pais or Bad Country, Santa Teresa has the distinct flavor of an ultra hip, cosmopolitan destination, yet paradoxically boasts pristine, untouched beaches and jungle, while the dirt road that runs through the area leaves no doubt that travelers are indeed in the wild un-tamed west.

With over 90 restaurants to choose from, including Nautilus Boutique Hotel’s own Olam, the area is a delight to those who consider themselves to be foodies. For the culinary artists among us, the fisherman’s village at the end of the road in Mal Pais is a great spot to pick up freshly caught yellow fin tuna, red snapper or grouper at the end of the day, while the organic farmers market, on the beach every Saturday, is a must for mingling, listening to live music and picking up fresh vegies, herbs and fruits for the week’s culinary masterpieces.

Never a dull moment, locals and visitors alike love the amazing surf, endless hiking, biking or riding trails, art galleries, nightly live music (just pick a place!), bonfires on the beach, awe inspiring sunsets, local movie nights and more. Yoga enthusiasts can always find a top-notch class and spa junkies will find that booking a massage is only a challenge when it comes to deciding who is the best therapist in town. Catch a full moon party at the beach club on the sand or hang out on a Saturday afternoon for a local football (soccer!) game. Whatever your pleasure is, you’ll probably find it in Santa.

PP/Night from US$ 45