Exploring the Nightlife of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

a margarita placed on a deck with a thinly sliced lime overlooks the beach at sunset, as surfers and small fishing boats gather near the shore

La Pura Vida” is the Costa Rican expression that reflects a love of the simpler pleasures in life. Because of its culture that celebrates living life to its fullest, Costa Rica offers almost every tropical adventure imaginable. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica’s robust nightlife is as rich and vibrant as its coffee, its culture, and of course, its renowned daytime adventures. Just as the rolling waves change with the tide, so also do the opportunities for unforgettable memories. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, or a festive jungle party, Santa Teresa has it all.

Santa Teresa enthusiastically welcomes you, ready to sweep you off your feet to dance all night so you can put them up in a hammock the next day.

Santa Teresa is the heart of all that is the best of Costa Rica: a beachside fishing town turned into a refined getaway teeming with adventure and fiestas galore, it still offers rest and relaxation to unwind from a night on the town. Casa Teresa and Casa Teresa Grande exemplify all that is best about this Pacific Ocean jewel, as it is the perfect combination of celebrating all that is Costa Rica, alongside pampering all that is you.

Mi casa es su casa” – my home is your home – is an expression that reflects a passion for hospitality. When you travel a world away, surrounded by endless ocean waves and deep, lush jungles, comfort is a top priority. 

Where the Jungle Party’s At

A raised glass of a large mojito is raised at sunset

Surf and turf isn’t just a way to describe the cuisine: it’s the nation’s whole vibe and signature recipe for Costa Rica’s second-to-none nightlife, as exemplified in Santa Teresa. Even along the main road hugging the beach, there is an abundance to choose from and explore, from intimate cocktail lounges, to beach bars, to discotecas offering addictive reggaeton and sensuous salsa. 

  • Some local, beachside establishments, such as Banana, even hold surfing competitions, living up to Santa Teresa’s culture of surfing by day, and partying by night. 
  • Kooks Bar is a sports bar and hub for American-inspired smokehouse fare, recently opened as part of the El Corazon restaurant.
  • The Drift Bar is a popular vegan and vegetarian-friendly Costa Rican fusion restaurant and bar that features both delectable cocktails and fresh-pressed juices for the health-conscious foodie (and partier!). 
  • Craving fresh, Italian style seafood in a vibrant atmosphere? Pronto is the place to go for Mediterranean dishes with Pura Vida flair!
  • Somos is a chic, veggie-forward cafe that becomes a party on the weekends as a DJ gets the party going.  
  • Santa Teresa is home to the “jungle party!” When night falls, beachgoers trade their surfboards for wristbands as they share in the uniqueness of exclusive parties surrounded by the rhythmic pulsing of natural jungle beats. Ask your personal concierge for more advice about how to fold this one-of-a-kind experience into your time in Santa Teresa.

The Gastronomy of Costa Rica 

The food culture of Costa Rica, as part of its nightlife, is second to none. This jungle nation dancing just above the equator lets the warm sunlight bring fresh produce to perfection, including its famous coffee beans – as it is surrounded by the bounty of the ocean. Costa Rican cuisine takes on fine sushi and cevicherias, to Italian delicacies, to traditional, authentic comfort foods after a late night bar crawl, no night filled with festive dancing and creative drinks and is complete without decadent cuisine to pair it with. 

When you stay at Casa Teresa, whether you choose to enjoy the finely prepared meals by a private chef on site or decide to try the various cuisine options Santa Teresa has to offer, you will surely be in for indulgent and memorable experiences. This also includes increasing numbers of vegan and vegetarian options.

Other Adventures Await

Sometimes the best way to truly adventure through Costa Rica is by choosing your own adventure! ATV adventures? Rainforest hiking? Snorkeling? Catching up on the gossip of Howler monkeys after last night’s jungle party? Shopping at Santa Teresa’s local markets? 

Even for the most spontaneous and experienced traveler, Casa Teresa concierge and other staff are eager to help turn your experience into one that is tailored to you. Please seek recommendations directly from the locals who have as much of a passion for Santa Teresa as they do for making your stay as joyful as possible.

And, after a day of taking in all that Santa Teresa has to offer by day and through its vibrant nightlife, returning to Casa Teresa is the perfect home-away-from-home for some rest and restoration. You can treat yourself further by booking a rewarding massage, or by adding a yoga or meditation class to your stay.

Buen Viaje a Santa Teresa

There are so many reasons to experience La Pura Vida for yourself. Perhaps you are a bride or groom-to-be, ready to kick off the festivities with your closest friends

Perhaps you are planning a breathtaking destination wedding. Perhaps you and your friends are water sports aficionados, excited to turn exciting nights out into unforgettable dawn patrols. Perhaps you and your significant other are ready for a getaway that includes shopping in Costa Rica for that little something that will make you the life of the party. 

No matter the reason that brings you to this Central American gem, as the sun begins to set in Costa Rica and the temperatures cool, the people – like the jungle itself – begin to come to life. 

From a toast to the sunset to the “zarpe”, the last drink of the night,  Santa Teresa’s Costa Rican nightlife is a party like none other. Buen Viaje: enjoy your travels!