Welcome to Playa Santa Teresa.If you were looking for one of the most quiet and virgin places left in Costa Rica, your search has come to the end : miles of white sand beach,exuberant nature, crystal clear waters, all this and much more will conquer your heart and be the perfect frame for an unforgetable vacation. Known as one of the best surf spots of all Nicoya Peninsula , Santa Teresa have miles of uncrowded beach and reef breaks, offering a wide range of world-class waves for any level of surf, making it suitable for both beginners or expert surfers. In the last years,this small town has become a preferred destination for the tourist, growing in armony with the environment and actracting many foreigners that fell in love, like us, and came to live in this special place,creating a flavored blend of local and multiethnic cultures. Walking through town you will find a spicy variety of restaurants,from the italian one to the argentinian, asian, sushi’s, home-cooked fast foods, international cuisine,healthy food and pizzerias, vegetarian and gluten free options,tico sodas( local food),cafes and bakeries, bars, souvenirs, handmade crafts and bikini shops.”Everything here” is locally made with love, from the food to the clothes. Town also offers services like supermarkets, fish market, veggies shop (organic also available), farmacy, emergency ambulance, doctors,banks, ATM, all spread out in the 3 km road extension. Among the plenty activities in the area available you can enjoy Surfing, Yoga, Snorkeling, Ocean and River Kayaking, SUPing, Diving, Horseback riding,Canopy tour, Massages and Spa Treatments, ATV and Bike rentals, long walks into the beach, amazing sunsets… tired after a long day of activities? Then let the rocky pool waters left by the tide cradle you at the sound of the ocean. A few kilometers away Cabo Blanco wildlife refuge,the first and oldest national park of Costa Rica counts with a unique biodiversity and one of the most beautiful unspoiled beach: Playa Cabo Blanco.A little paradise for bird-watchers and nature lovers. Half an hour driving away, Montezuma with its nice little centre and fresh waterfalls,will keep you busy walking through the green trails and climbing up the rocks.Playa Manzanillo and Playa Hermosa instead, just a few minutes away will bright up your day with scenic drives and beautiful landscapes.
Let us introduce ourselves! We are Alessia and Stefano, an italian couple that came in Costa Rica in 2000, fell in love with it and never left again!After a few years in the North Pacific area,we moved to Santa Teresa in 2004 and started our own project, Hotel Raratonga, and… once we finished to build that in 2005, we started to dedicate our time to build good memories for our guests, creating a Home away from home, for them. We Love: the beach, the nature, the ocean,sunrises and sunsets,healthy food,travelling,yoga ,dogs,cats and all animals in general! We live on the grounds so you will see us often around and in the reception helping our guests.Part of our team are also Lucy and Greivin,our two receptionists, that will help you through out all your vacation to arrange activities and offering you touristic information, and our 2 maids Marisela and Giselle that will ensure your rooms will be fresh and sparkling at your arrival.
Hotel Raratonga, the first and main lodge, opened its doors for the first time in 2005. Built and managed by us, the lodge was born to offer the guests a place to stay that could be comfortable,clean,affordable,ecological and in balance with the natural surrouding. Completely made of fine local woods, Raratonga is a small cozy hotel featuring a 4 private rooms , 2 apartments with kitchen and a pool,decorated with a fusion of rustic simple style and a mediterranean touch. The lodge is ideal for couples,families with children,group of friends.We like to keep the quitness of the place to enjoy the lush sound of the nature: howler monkeys,parrots,birds,squirrels,howls,frogs… and much more.We like to refresh and renew our units and grounds every year to make sure our guests can enjoy always a sparkling well kept place. We are located at only 70 metres from the path to the main surf spot, the “Lora Amarilla” one, 20 metres from the closest supermarket, local food restaurant and café.Local bus stops in front of our door.In 500 metres you will find many restaurants,cafes,bakeries,surf shops.ATM is at 3 km.We are right on the main street and offer a gated parking for 3 cars or external parking.
Raratonga Apartments, is our recent addition completed in January 2010 that we created together with our asociate and lifetime friend Gianni.The lodge offers 5 fully equipped apartments with kitchen, distributed in 2 floors and a refreshing pool. Situated at 90 metres from the beach access of “Lora Amarilla”,100 metres from the centre ,400 metres from the Hotel and a short walk to restaurants, cafes,bakeries,shops, It is settled in a very quite neighborhood, 70 metres back from the main road ,away from the dust and the noise.Howlers monkeys, parrots,birds,iguanas are frequent visitors of the mango trees we have in out properties and will bring a smile on your face each morning. The ground floor is made of concrete in a mediterranean style with rustic decoration and furnishing,while the upper floor is all made of fine woods following the style of “ Hotel Raratonga”. We love simplicity and convenience and this is the pattern that guides our apartments and the facilities offered.All apartments have their own private patio and open to the tropical garden and swimming pool.A caretaker is always on site if needed.We also offer an external parking area for 4 cars.