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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Jungle in Santa Teresa

Spot tropical wildlife and enjoy Costa Rica’s best beaches in this tiny surf town that’s recently been bolstered by an influx of expats and eco-entrepreneurs.


1. Where to Stay

Canaima Chill House's suites are inspired by treehouses.  

Find peace of mind at the Nautilus Residential Hotel (from $100), a Zen-like property with design-conscious one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom villas. The place is situated about 650 feet from the beach, so you can walk to the ocean easily or gaze at the surrounding hills from a poolside seat.

Sleep in the jungle at Canaima Chill House (from $80), a boutique hotel built into the trees above the town and owned by a Spanish entrepreneur who gives surfing lessons ($35 for a 90-minute lesson, board provided). All eight, kitchen-equipped suites accommodate up to four people and come with open-air, hanging bamboo beds where you can hear nearby howler monkeys.

Listen to the waves at Hotel Luz de Luna (from $40 with kitchen), a collection of wooden bungalows situated in a verdant tropical garden just a minute away from the beach. Though it’s backpacker- and budget-friendly, it’s just as comfortable, if slightly less spacious, as nearby hotels, and there’s an on-site café that serves breakfast daily.

Published on Mar 1, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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