Montezuma waterfall view from forest.
You can be as active or as relaxed as you like while visiting Santa Teresa beach community on the Costa Rican Pacific Coast. Here is our list of top ten things to do during your stay at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat.
The international community that has built up over the years includes wellness experts that practice and teach yoga on a daily basis. The area is known for its yoga retreats, and certified and experienced instructors, such as Nancy Goodfellow, one of the owners at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat. So take in a class, or two, or more, and discover the health benefits of this millenary discipline.
Nancy Goodfellow demonstrates "Mudra" hand pose. Photo credit nancygoodfellowyoga.
Santa Teresa and Mal Pais beaches have world-class breaks and ideal conditions all year round. This makes them a heavenly spot for surfers of all experience levels. So if you don’t know how to surf, there are plenty of surf schools in the area, El Carmen surf spot is a good place to start. For more experienced surfers, try the Punta Barrigona and Sunset Reef spots in Mal Pais. A little further north is Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa and Manzanillo, combining point breaks and high swells.
The spa experience at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat isn’t just about having a relaxing massage to soothe tired muscles. They offer different treatments that can increase flexibility, reduce stress and improve breathing capacity. So incorporate these to your visit for a well- rounded wellness experience.
Sebastian Campanile manages Gaia Bodywork and Wellness Spa.Waterfalls
There are so many diverse and beautiful waterfalls in the Santa Teresa area it would take days to explore them all, why not give it a try? Hike up to the multi-level one up the Montezuma river and take a rewarding dip in their refreshing water. Walk down Cocolito Beach until you reach El Chorro, which spills right into the sea.
El Chorro Waterfall on Cocolito Beach.
Visit one of the most exceptional trees in Costa Rica, a decades old Banyan Tree on the road from Montezuma to Cabuya. The beautiful root formations completing its giant trunk will help you understand why this species is called the “Tree of Life” in many cultures.
Higueron's impressive root formations create enormous trunk, photo credit bossertartstudio.[/
Horseback riding tours can be arranged to go up the surrounding hills through open fields with ocean views, on the beach at sunset. Another viewpoint from which to experience the beauties of the area.
For visitors seeking adrenaline filled experiences, book a tour where you can drive an ATV (Quad) through streams, pastures and beaches.
Ziplining has become a popular way to enjoy tropical forests in Costa Rica. There is a zipline in the Santa Teresa area with 9 cables and 13 platforms, and includes a stop at the Montezuma waterfall. Relax your grip on that cable and look around a bit before you start putting the brakes on, and enjoy the view!
Foodies rejoice! Culinary options in the Santa Teresa area have multiplied in recent years, influx of international chefs have brought their flare to the area. Sushi, burgers, typical Costa Rican fare and more. Try Luc’s Seafood Grill and Chapa, where Argentinian born chef Luciano Riotti combines local fresh ingredients in an innovative way.
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Looking for a souvenir of your Costa Rican stay as well as gifts for friends and family? Street vendors in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais will offer their handmade jewelry on the town’s main roads, and quaint shops in town offer swimsuits, silkscreened t-shirts and more.
Why stop at 10! Hire a fishing charter, practice paddle boarding, check out nightlife and dance the night away. Visit the Santa Teresa area and create a list of your list of own top things to do while staying at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat!
Article by Katie Widdowson