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Costa Rica Christmas Legends: The Festival of La Yeguita

Festival of the Yeguita in Costa Rica, photo by Outward Bound Costa Rica

One of the more interesting Christmastime festivals held in Costa Rica involves a little black mare and the Virgin of Guadalupe.

While these may not be traditional Christmas characters, the Festival of “La Yeguita” (the little mare) is a big deal on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Held every December 12th, the annual celebration merges traditional native beliefs and Roman Catholic customs.

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How to get to Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Beachfront Hotel Tropico Latino at Santa Teresa

You want to come to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica – named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You’ve heard that Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady and other celebrities have houses there; it’s really popular and is a hot destination for surfing in Costa Rica. But where is it and how do you get there?Hotel Tropico Latino for Costa Rica surf vacations

Santa Teresa Beach is located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica on the southern Nicoya Peninsula. There are three ways to get to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica: driving (car, shuttle service or public bus), domestic flight or boat taxi.

Hotel Tropico Latino is a Santa Teresa beachfront hotel at beautiful Playa Carmen. Hotel Tropico Latino specializes in Costa Rica surf holidays and yoga retreats in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

How to get to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica by car or bus

Take the ferry from the Central Pacific port of Puntarenas to Paquera. Be sure not to take the ferry to Playa Naranjo. It takes about 75 minutes for the ferry to cross the Nicoya Gulf to Paquera. Note that if it is high tourist season or a holiday, you need to be in line at the ferry terminal at least an hour or more before the ferry departs to ensure you’ll get on board. The fee for the car includes the driver’s ticket; every other passenger pays a separate fee as a pedestrian and must walk on and off the ferry (only the driver in the car).

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Learn to surf on a Costa Rica surf holiday in Santa Teresa

Surfing at Hotel Tropico Latino, Santa TeresaYoung or old, beginning or a pro, the thrill of being out in the ocean is still the same. Maybe it’s the powerful rush of catching a wave and the feeling of flying on water as you race across the wave’s face. Learning how to surf can change your life.

Always wanted to try surfing? Or tried it, love it and want to get better? Come to Costa Rica on vacation and do it. Costa Rica is the third most popular destination for surfing after Hawaii and Indonesia. Water temperatures are usually 83-85°F; no wetsuit needed! Air temperatures on the coasts are in the 80s and 90s F, and the sun shines most of the year.

Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast southern Nicoya Peninsula is a hot destination for surfing in Costa Rica. Santa Teresa is frequently named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world for its warm Pacific Ocean, great waves, uncrowded beaches, tropical palm trees, friendly locals and picture-perfect sunsets. You’ll be star-struck by the beauty of the jungle that hugs the coastline, pouring down from the mountains to white sand beaches and the clear blue sea. Famous for year-round surf, you can find awesome beach and point breaks with uncrowded easy-to-ride waves.

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What to do with kids in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Sunset Santa Teresa with familiesFamilies with kids can go nearly anywhere in Costa Rica and be happy. There is so much to do and see: rainforest exploring, canopy zip-lines, surfing, snorkeling, nesting sea turtles, endless beaches, and lots of wild animals and cool bugs, plants and trees.

The southern Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is home to the very kid-friendly town of Santa Teresa. Renowned for being one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, is safe, family-oriented, relaxed, and full of restaurants, shops, hotels and things to do.

At beautiful Playa Carmen in Santa Teresa, Hotel Tropico Latino is a comfortable 4-star beach hotel, that in addition to Santa Teresa yoga retreats and yoga classes, and Costa Rica surf camps, offers tours and activities for the whole family.

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Making waves in Santa Teresa Costa Rica: Women-only surf retreats

Women surfing, photo by Pura Vida Adventures

 

There are women-only gyms, women’s athletic events, women-only professional clubs, and girls also rule the school at Pura Vida Adventures surf retreats in Costa Rica.


Pura Vida Adventures brings women from the U.S. and other countries to the pristine beaches and rocking waves of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica to Hotel Tropico Latino for surfing and yoga vacations. Surfer Tierza Eichner founded the women’s surfing and travel company 10 years ago.

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Martha’s House

A beautiful octagon-shaped,
two-story house surrounded
by lush tropical gardens only
2 min away from the beach.

Martha’s House  Mal Pais Santa Teresa

A beautiful octagon-shaped, two-story house surrounded by lush tropical
gardens only 2 min away from the beach.

- See more at: http://www.hoteltropicolatino.com/martha-house-santa-teresa.html#sthash.2gNiCNIE.dpuf

Martha’s House  Mal Pais Santa Teresa

A beautiful octagon-shaped, two-story house surrounded by lush tropical
gardens only 2 min away from the beach.

- See more at: http://www.hoteltropicolatino.com/martha-house-santa-teresa.html#sthash.2gNiCNIE.dpuf

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