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Accommodation
Private bungalows & suites
Duration
2+ nights
Nearest major airport
Tambor Airport (TMU)

An authentic Costa Rican boutique experience

"My friends and I had a vision for an intimate, tasteful beachfront retreat where travelers could celebrate life with amazing surfing, yoga and an innovative food scene. Nantipa brings our dream to life, and we're excited to welcome travelers to share this experience."

The surf

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Costa Rica is blessed with great surf year-round. Because it is only nine degrees north of the equator, we enjoy warm water all year. Costa Rican surf breaks are usually large and the beaches wide enough to accommodate many surfers without feeling cramped.

The year is divided into two main seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season runs from May to mid-November. Surf in the wet season tends to be bigger, better, and more consistent. The dry season goes from mid-November to May and still offers great surf.

Surf breaks

In addition to Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa, nearby breaks include Playa Carmen (a point break located 10min away from Hotel Nantipa, great for bigger swells), Mar Azul (a point break for advanced surfers that is located 15min away), and Cabuya (this break has amazing waves and long rides and is great for bigger swells, it's about a 30min drive from the hotel).

The lodge

We built Nantipa as an intimate, authentic boutique escape. With just 15 bungalows and suites, Nantipa is a perfect size - big enough to support luxury services, two infinity pools, and creative cuisine, without being overwhelming and anonymous. Our gardens are alive with native Santa Teresa plants, and the property blends into the surrounding landscape.

If you're seeking cultural/community adventures, the surfer town of Santa Teresa is close at hand. Nantipa is just 150 meters south of the main plaza. Santa Teresa offers restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.

Manzú restaurant

Our restaurant is on the beach immediately in front of the resort. The menu varies seasonally. Our team finds inspiration in Costa Rican cuisine, using the diverse fruits, vegetables, and grilled seafood found nearby. And our mixologist puts local liquors and delicacies to good use!

Pool

Our large (270 square meters) infinity pool is positioned in the center of the property. Beverage service makes it easy to relax by the pool after surfing. Next to the pool, you'll find a green grassy area and sandy spaces where you'll enjoy chaise lounges and hammocks with plenty of privacy.

Location

Getting there
Santa Teresa is very accessible from a wide range of options via land, ocean, or air. The most convenient being landing in Ta... read more

Nantipa

Leading trips since 2010
Meni Mikowski
Meni Mikowski
Meni Mikowski

Nantipa was the dream of our founders - Harry, Luis, and Meni. Harry owned land in Santa Teresa, and his friends Meni and Luis had a background in tourism and hospitality. They recognized the potential of this unique place and sought to create an experience that captured their sensibility.

Nantipa means blue in Chorotega, which is the language of the native tribe that has inhabited the Nicoya Peninsula - where Santa Teresa is found - since ancient times. Nicoya has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the world's five Blue Zones, which stand out for the health and longevity of their population. It seemed fitting to honor this tradition.

At Nantipa, we seek to be good stewards of this tradition. We have partnered with the 5 Minute Beach Cleanup Foundation to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans. Sustainability is the value we hold dear, and we operated the resort with sustainability in mind. Steps taken to balance luxury with the protection of the environment include reduction of single-use plastic, reducing resources, preserving native plants, and outreach to our community.

Languages: English, Spanish
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Response time: Within 24 hours

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Questions?

What's included?
Wifi included. Discounts and promotions on classes (depending on the package).
What's not included?
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Manzú restaurant. Tours and activities.
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.
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Change of plans? No worries. Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund, no questions asked.
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Booking with Thermal never costs more. If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
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