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La Posada Santa Teresa

Private & shared rooms
Nearest major airport
Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Enjoy the simple, enjoy the Pura Vida!

"No matter what, enjoy the days. We are right in the middle of Santa Teresa, just a few steps from the beach, in one of the best spots to surf. Ride unforgettable waves, practice yoga, go to the beach, or go snorkeling. Experience all those things and relax. We will take care of the rest."

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

There are two seasons in Costa Rica: The dry season (October-April) and the Green Season (May-August), The Green season, also known as the wet season, is the top time for surfing on the Pacific coast and Santa Teresa, bringing very reliable SW and W swells that keep it surfable every day. The dry season is still great, though. The waters warm and the waves are less powerful and friendly. All year long you can find spots to either learn to surf or hit the lip.

The lodge

La Posada is located in Playa Carmen, in Santa Teresa. Only a hundred meters from the beach and near the best surfing spots in town. Its strategic location is near everything you need, from markets to pharmacies, restaurants, and most importantly - the beach. Around us, a magical jungle road, waterfalls, beaches, and national parks make our stay magic and our spot the perfect one for nature lovers.

You will have full access to the hostel's common areas during your stay, including billiard and the bar, a lounge atmosphere with videos and music, hammocks, a communal kitchen, and a swimming pool. Here, you will be able to make friends from all over the world and travel in an enjoyable way for the body and mind.


Choose from surf lessons to yoga sessions, snorkeling at Tortuga Island, horseback riding, exploring our National Parks, bike riding, having a massage, or chill by our swimming pool. Our hostel has all you need so you can enjoy your vacation at your own pace, either by reading a book, learn a new skill, or going on an exploration journey every day.


From freediving classes to Spanish lessons, we offer various courses so you can make the most of your vacation having fun and learning something new.

Our freediving and apnea courses will take you through the fantastic world of conscious breathing and breath-holding, starting with basic freediving theory and finishing with a complete swimming pool session to practice what you learn (2 to 3 hours approx). We also offer an Open Water Training Program, where you learn techniques to deal with everyday situations you may experience during ocean activities. Professional instructors designed all our courses and each of our guides have international certifications in their specific sector.

If learning a new language or improving your language skills is what you are looking for, join us for our five-day Spanish program, where you will talk with natives, learn new words and discover some of the most natural expressions in Costa Rica.


For honeymooners to a surf holiday - we've got you covered. We have special package holidays for people who want to book activities, classes, and accommodation altogether. Please, reach out for more information about our special rates and we will be happy to help!


Getting there
Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From there, you can get to our hostel by bus, car or ferry. By bus: conta... read more

La Posada Santa Teresa

Leading trips since 2011
Bookings manager

A once hotel place that would serve as a place to sleep for their guests. We took over La Posada four years ago and transformed it into a vibrant hostel and surf camp. We try to bring new and young energy all the time, focusing mainly on the experience of the guest with the hostel and their cultural experience with the people and Costa Rica. The owners and crew are young adventurous surfers trying to share the Pura Vida lifestyle that only those who visited this part of the world would understand.

Languages: English; Spanish
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

Choose your accommodation

Female dorm with 3 bunk beds and private... more
From $20 / night
Mixed dorm room with 3 bunk beds and pri... more
From $20 / night
Queen bed with private bathroom. This ro... more
From $70 / night
Queen bed + single bed with private bath... more
From $75 / night
Queen bed + bunk bed with private bathro... more
From $85 / night
For dates and accommodations not listed, or if you want to book further out


What's included?
Breakfast, air conditioning, cable TV, free WiFi, security box, hot shower, shared kitchen, swimming pool, free parking, large garden, and free use of common areas.
What's not included?
Flights, airport transfers, surf lessons, meals, snacks, courses, and surfboards. All are available for an extra fee.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
Risk-free booking
Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund.
Change of plans? No worries. Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund, no questions asked.
Best price guarantee
If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
Booking with Thermal never costs more. If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
Connect directly
Speak to the team on the ground, instead of a travel agent.
Instead of a travel agent, we connect you directly to the team on the ground for the answers you need.
Exclusive experiences
We have a roster of amazing, one-off trips in the works.
Each week brings something new to discover. We have a roster of amazing, one-off experiences in the works.