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Pura Vida Costa Rica

Author: bonbon travel tips
Date of Trip: January 2011

There's not much to be said about a place like Santa Teresa. The best travel tip I can give about this place that it’s a place you have to feel its magic for yourself..

Being there Is a sure recipe for feeling a pure sensation of freedom and happiness, as every afternoon while you're there you'll see how the whole village gathers as one tribe at the beach, choosing whether to play football with the local kids, or just hanging out while waiting for another beautiful sunset to come.

It's not that easy to get to Santa Teresa. From San Jose it’s a about 6 hours and it's also involves switching from the bus to a ferry and then back to a bus. If you're not renting a 4x4 car, Better get an including all fares ticket from a reliable public transportation company In San Jose. If you're not in a hurry, One way to go is getting to the small town of Montezuma first, spending a night or two there, enjoying maybe the nightlife there, and then head to santa Teresa from there using the bus (1-1.5 hours).

Like all over costa rica, there are plenty of activities to fill your time with. One day time adventure I enjoyed very much doing while I was there was renting a quad and enjoying a sweet dirt road drive to the village of Montezuma (don’t forget to take a map from the quad rental place you choose..). My recommendation would be to rent the quad after a mild rainy day, then take the quad to off roads field route all the way to montezuma. The rain will make the road muddy and your ride much more fun..

This cool beach town is thriving with a large foreign community of musicians, artists, nature lovers, surf lovers and more..
Its beauty and serenity is worth a visit, whether if you're on your way to Santa Teresa from San José and your looking to spend a night or more there, or whether you get there by a quad tour from Santa Teresa.
One place not to miss Is el chorro waterfall. It’s a wonderful tall waterfall outside of town along the coast. Go inside for a nice refreshing swim..around Montezuma there are also beautiful bays a white sand untouched beaches.

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If you're getting bored of hanging out the beach (how can you?! ), and your missing the more cold remote feeling of the mountains, head to monte verde.

is on the country side of Costa Rica, about 4.5 hours ride, towards north west of San José.

Monteverde is actually a private nature reserve set about 1500 metes high, covered with a dusty foggy forest, with cool temperatures. This place is surrounded with nature, with over 100 mammals, 400 kinds of birds, and many flowers and plants including 420 types of orchids and even coffee plantations .

You can find various types of accommodation in one of the 10 village populated with true nature lovers around the area. Key factors would be finding one that has a balcony with hammocks overlooking the beautiful view…if you're not with a car, try not to stay too far off your essential necessities like food, internet, banks and est.'

While you're there, one thing you have to do is to take the canopy tour. There are two safe and reliable companies that operates these tours: Salvatore Zip Lines and Sky Trek Zip Lines. In this fun tour, you'll walk through specially built bridges and platforms, zip line between the top of the tress, take omegas all with an amazing view as you'll be hanging on the tree tops, virtually between the earth and the sky. Both of the canopy this company's offer are very much satisfying and safe (trust me, even your grandma can do this), but there are a few differences so better check them out before you choose one.

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