Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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  • A collection of luxurious, eco-friendly bungalows set on one of Costa Rica’s most celebrated surf beaches

  • Barefoot luxury feel with spectacular sunset views

  • Just a short walk from the laid-back coastal town of Santa Teresa

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With a warm climate most of the year, the Nicoya Peninsula is known for its great weather. However, during the rainy season from April to November most of the roads can get quite impassable due to rivers washing them out. Mid November trade winds from the north-east arrive, marking the end of the rainy season. The following months these offshore winds, called Papagayo, relief the heat and provide perfect surf conditions. Sunshine is guaranteed during the high-season months of January - April. During this long and pronounced dry season many trees and shrub drop their leaves which makes it easier to spot animals.

In May a mellow rainy season follows which the tourism industry has dubbed the Green Season.

It's the time of the year preferred by eco-tourists as nature is verdant green, sunsets multi-hued, and many hotels offer low season rates.

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Taking its name from the ancient Chorotegan word for blue, Nantipa is a boutique beachfront retreat, set right on the sands of the famous surf beaches of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.

Situated in one of the world’s five ‘Blue Zones’ and inspired by the spectacular natural beauty that surrounds it, Nantipa is a laid back, luxurious boutique hotel set right on the sands of the Nicoya Peninsula.  Embodying the Costa Rican lifestyle concept of ‘Pura Vida’, this elegant yet pared back collection of beachfront bungalows has direct access to the famous waves of Santa Teresa, a Mecca for surfing fanatics. 

Surrounded by national parks and nature reserves, there are no shortage of activities on offer at Nantipa. Horse ride on a local ranch, head out fishing with the locals, zip line through the canopy of the Cabo Blanco National Park or try your hand at surfing amongst some of the best waves in the world.

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Just 15 bungalows are spread out across Nantipa’s tropical gardens. Chic and pared back in design with whitewashed walls, muted tones and black accents that add an architectural touch, they personify the barefoot luxury philosophy that pervades this quiet stretch of coastline. Rattan furniture, woven hammocks and tropical foliage add to the quintessentially coastal vibe, with direct access to the beach and turquoise waters of the Pacific. The Ninta bungalows each have a large terrace with private pool, hammock and outdoor seating area, many with views of the tidal pools and pounding waves, whilst the Nanku Suites offer extra internal space, an additional bed and large living area.  Every stylish room is equipped with climate control, flat screen televisions, dining areas and high speed WIFI.


Nantipa’s restaurant, Manzu, sits right on the beachfront with prime sunset views and a soundtrack of the crashing waves. Built under a wooden structure and thatched roof that harks back to the structures of the Chorotegan people, this laid-back haunt serves up fresh, exciting food combining international flavors with a Tico twist. The bar is fully stocked with local beers, a selection of wines and expert mixologists are at the helm, ready to make sundowner cocktails from fresh local fruit and liqueurs.


A small bungalow down by the shore is the current home of the small spa, offering an array of treatments overlooking the ocean. 

Surrounded by national parks and nature reserves, there are no shortage of activities on offer at Nantipa. Horse ride on a local ranch, head out fishing with the locals, zip line through the canopy of the Cabo Blanco National Park or try your hand at surfing amongst some of the best waves in the world.


  • Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

    Explore the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, Costa Rica's first protected area, accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide. Head into vibrant tropical jungle and experience the natural wonders which surround you in this area of true natural beauty.

  • Catamaran Sail with Snorkelling

    Silently glide in a catamaran along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast past exotic bays, golden beaches and tropical jungles, spotting dolphins, sea turtles and whales before dropping anchor in a quiet bay to go snorkeling or kayaking in the pristine warm waters.

  • Horseback Riding at Hacienda Ario

    Ride through the grounds of this beautiful hacienda, enjoying spectacular views as you explore the 15,000 acres, crossing rivers, passing through patches of jungle and along unspoiled beaches, pastures and meadows.

  • Kayaking the Pochote Mangroves

    Surround yourself with nature on this fun tour of the area's mangroves by kayak, looking out for the resident wildlife as you paddle through winding canals and past the small village of Pochote.

  • Mal Pais Canopy Tour

    Speed through the trees on a series of zip lines and enjoy panoramic views of the jungle canopy, observing the fascinating nature all around you! From here you can see the coastline through the trees and if you're lucky you may catch sight of monkeys!

  • Montezuma Waterfalls Trails

    Head into the jungle with a naturalist guide and explore a series of trails and hanging bridges, bringing you closer to the jungle canopy before you reach a series of refreshing pools and waterfalls where you can jump in for a swim!

  • Ocean Kayaking at Curú Wildlife Refuge

    Paddle across calm waters, traveling alongside stunning tropical jungle in the bay of Curú Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Enjoy this adventure to Playa Quesera, a small white sand beach where a picnic table will be ready and waiting.

  • Ostional Sea Turtle Excursion

    If visiting between September and November, make sure to visit Ostional Beach where tens of thousands of sea turtles return each year to lay their eggs.

  • Stargazing and dining experience

    Shoot for the moon and the stars with an exclusive stargazing and dining experience, enjoy learning about the sparkling southern sky, while enjoying cocktails and culinary treats infused with meteorite dust!

  • Sunset Catamaran Tour of Papagayo

    Set out on a cruising adventure aboard a luxury 47-foot catamaran to see ocean wildlife and jungle shoreline! Snorkel to see colorful marine life and soak in the sunset views surrounding Costa Rica's Papagayo Peninsula.

  • Visit the SIBU Sanctuary and Wildlife Refuge

    Take a visit to Costa Rica's wonderful SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Refuge for injured and orphaned animals. Here you will find rehabilitated howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, coatis, racoons, opossums and porcupines, along with other small mammals.

Vacation Ideas

  • Active Costa Rica

    San Jose, Turrialba District, Arenal and Santa Teresa

    from $6200 pp 11 nights

    • Get off the beaten track to a remote jungle hideaway
    • Ride rushing rapids and zip-line through the canopy
    • Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly colored birds
  • Imagine Costa Rica

    Heredia, Monteverde, Arenal and Santa Teresa

    from $3800 pp 10 nights

    • Let the unique vibe and pure wonder of this country wash over you whilst immersing in the culture, cuisine and natural beauty that surrounds you
    • Begin your epic journey visiting the outdoor wonders of Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate and La Paz Waterfall
    • Be enchanted by the breath-taking vistas of the majestic Arenal volcano and the abundance of wildlife at Caño Negro Wildlife refuge

Location & directions

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Nantipa is perched on the tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, within walking distance of the laid-back surf town of Santa Teresa. The hotel is within a 35-minute drive of the airstrip at Tambor, with its connecting flights to San Jose International Airport.

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