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Costa Rica Stories
by Agnes Maltesdotter
I must admit I escape a grey winter in Stockholm when the airplane leaves Arlanda airport.
A day later, I find myself at an airport in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. From there we have booked a smaller propeller plane that will take us to Santa Teresa. We fly in height with the mountains and after only 30 minuts in the air we land between the palm trees next to Tambor beach. For those who don’t like small airplanes, transfers are of course possible, but plane is the fastest way for sure.
We sneak into Teresa and five minutes in on the gravel road, away from the almost too hectic village, we arrive at Griss Lodge & Villas. An amazing place for those who want to live in a wooden house or possibly rent a fantastic “apartment”. The family houses are located three minutes from the sea, and almost hidden from the public.
For those who wants even more peace and quiet I suggest Ohana, a cozy little courtyard located right next to Griss Villas. Ohana has three small houses and a small pool that is part of the area. Very harmonious and also decent prices.
If you are a family travelling and want to rent a stylish villa, I truly recommend Costa Va De Villa which is a block away from Ohana & Griss. Beautiful and well planned.
Around the villas you can always sense the smell of Santa Teresa’s best coffee, which is a few minutes down the street. Here, Italy is an inspiration and at Ginger Café you can calm your desires with a really good espresso.
If you want to stay some place out of the ordinary, Joya Villas is great. There are two houses that are located up in the mountains but only minutes from the sea. Here you will live with a panoramic view of the ocean and always close to nature. At Joya villas you can also rent your private chef who in my opinion cooks the best food you can find in Santa Teresa.
Santa Teresa offers an array of amazing restaurants and cafés and good food is served everywhere.
My top four restaurants are:
Katana, here you will find wonderful sushi, poke bowls, green curry and baos among other things.
Makanas, a wonderful restaurant on the outskirts of Santa Teresa, the menu is mobile but always a taste experience. Don’t miss the dessert!
Kodjis, here we have Teresa’s most delicious chop and for those who love sushi this place is a must. Even a good local beer is served here.
Roccamar, a bar at the end of Santa Teresa that serves wonderful simple dishes, a fantastic hamburger and delicious fish tacos …. Perfect lunch spot on the beach.
Favorite Cafés are:
Cafe social, here you can find the world’s best smoothies, salads and super-savory mackerel.
Earth Cafe, owned by two unholy Swedes who make the best breakfast in the village.
Ginger Café, so charming and it’s the best place for a good coffee.
The Bakery, offers the city’s best croissants and a wide menu.
If you are in Costa Rica, I would recommend you to surf. Costa Rica offers some of the world’s best waves whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner. There are local teachers and also surf schools such as the Swedish Surf Academy.
Santa Teresa offers sunsets like nowhere else in the world and, in the night if you’ll look up, you’ll find the finest starry sky I have ever seen. At Thursday’s at Kikas Restaurant, live bands play, starting at ten in the evening, and it does not take long before the dance floor is full.
Santa Teresa is truly a magical place with an amazing energy.
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