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When is the best time to surf in Santa Teresa

Best time to go

The major swell season and best time to surf in Santa Teresa is from April to October with S-SW swells. Santa Teresa is located on the western coast of the Nicoya Peninsula and has quickly became a mainstream spot with white sand beachbreak, pointbreaks, and consistent waves at lower tides. Because of this good location, there’s a ocean breeze keeping surfers cool the entire year.

The months November to Mid-April are the warm and sunny months of the year. Although there’s always humidity in Costa Rica, these are the driest months, with clear blue skies, cool nights, lush greenery, and a cool offshore wind.

From the end of April to August you can expect some more rain showers, in the evenings and nights mostly. With major swell, fewer crowds and lower prices, this is an ideal time to explore this region on lower budget and surf at the same time.

The rainiest months of the year are September and October, also referred to as the Green Season, when the jungle is thankfully receiving its much needed water.

Because of its high water temperature year-round (26-28 C), there’s no need for a wetsuit and you can wear bikinis or boardshorts anytime!

Best time to go

The major swell season and best time to surf in Santa Teresa is from April to October with S-SW swells. Santa Teresa is located on the western coast of the Nicoya Peninsula and has quickly became a mainstream spot with white sand beachbreak, pointbreaks, and consistent waves at lower tides. Because of this good location, there’s a ocean breeze keeping surfers cool the entire year.

The months November to Mid-April are the warm and sunny months of the year. Although there’s always humidity in Costa Rica, these are the driest months, with clear blue skies, cool nights, lush greenery, and a cool offshore wind.

From the end of April to August you can expect some more rain showers, in the evenings and nights mostly. With major swell, fewer crowds and lower prices, this is an ideal time to explore this region on lower budget and surf at the same time.

The rainiest months of the year are September and October, also referred to as the Green Season, when the jungle is thankfully receiving its much needed water.

Because of its high water temperature year-round (26-28 C), there’s no need for a wetsuit and you can wear bikinis or boardshorts anytime!

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What kind of food & nightlife is Santa Teresa known for?

Going out in Santa Teresa

Food

Being located along the coast, you’ll find most restaurants near the beach. With a huge variety of international and local cuisine, there’s plenty of local produce from the jungles around to taste. A must-try when you are in Santa Teresa are the Argentinian empanadas - one of the best you’ll ever taste!

Nightlife

The nightlife around Santa Teresa is pretty chill and authentic, with beach bars for sunset drinks and Thursday reggae parties at La Lora Amarilla. Well-known among surfers are the Vista de Olas pool party and the hosted deep house parties around.

Santa Teresa at a glance
Santa Teresa has stunning coastlines, prime wave conditions, and consistent swell.
No Wetsuit Needed
Surf Santa Teresa’s challenging point breaks without a wetsuit, as you can wear bikinis and boardshorts all year long
Best Time
The wet season, May-October, produces the best surfable waves and opportunities to surf every day
San Jose Airport
Take the shuttle or boat to get to Santa Teresa. If you cross the Gulf of Nicoya from Jaco to Malpais you might spot dolphins or whales
Adventure Paradise
Santa Teresa is a family-friendly adventure paradise, with ziplining, horse riding, quad riding, and nature tours around the corner
Empanadas
The best Argentinian empanadas can be found in Santa Teresa, so make sure to order one of these (cheap) delicious bites!
Vista de Olas
Visit the Vista de Olas viewing point, overlooking all beaches, with definitely one of your most iconic sunsets ever
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