COSTA RICA ADVENTURE
Looking for adventure in Santa Teresa? There are so many different ways to see the jungle and beaches that surround our villas!
There is an abundance of beach and reef breaks in the Santa Teresa area for surfers of all levels. Our comfortable beachfront vacation rentals on Playa Hermosa have many waves within a five minute walk. New to surfing? Lessons are available from professional surf instructors for $45 (2-hour lesson, includes board rental).
Have you ever seen a Costa Rican jungle from above? There are two zipline tours near our Santa Teresa vacation rentals:
Montezuma Waterfall Canopy Tour – 2 hours, $40 per person
One of the zone’s premier attractions, this zipline tour follows the Montezuma river and gives you an opportunity to visit the famous waterfalls. There you can take pictures and/or go for a swim in the pools carved by the cascading waters.
Price does not include transportation to Montezuma if you do not have a vehicle ($30 each way, up to five people).
Canopy Tour del Pacifico Mal País – 2 hours, $40 per person
Located between Mal País and the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, bordering a beautiful farm, this zipline tour is rather unique, as the surrounding forest is relatively dry rather than rainforest. Enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean from the treetops!
Soar through the air like Superman – feel the sensation of ultimate adrenaline with ultimate security while flying more than 70 meters high, Superman-style, through the jungles of Montezuma on a 988-meter long cable. Exclusively offered in Montezuma, the only place on this continent! Price: $25; 2pm and 3pm. Price does not include transportation to Montezuma if you do not have a vehicle ($30 each way, up to five people).
Enjoy your surroundings the natural way: take a guided horseback tour from the empty beaches of our Santa Teresa beachfront vacation rentals into the mountainous jungle, then into the scenic farmlands of the Costa Rican countryside! Especially special at sunset…
- You choose the length and route! 2 hours: $35, 3 hours: $45, ½ day: $55 per person
- Or go on an all-day adventure to Manzanillo or Montezuma. $95 per person, min. two people (includes lunch).
Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
The first national park to be established in Costa Rica in 1963 by Swedish couple, Karen Morgensen and Olof Wessberg, Cabo Blanco is previously farmed land that has now been left to return to its natural state for this pioneer project. Now a 1250-hectare home to hundreds of animal and plant species, beautiful coastlines, and thick jungle, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Nicoya Peninsula. Previously an “Absolute Nature Reserve” (restricted to scientists and park rangers), it is now open to the public on the defined trails. This is a great place to hike, beachcomb, and watch for birds and other wildlife. Although Cabo Blanco starts at the end of the road in Mal Pais, you must enter the park through Cabuya. Since you need to cross two rivers and the road can be rough, you should have a 4×4 car, and even still it may not always be possible in the rainy season. Open 8am – 4pm, but the earlier you go, the more you will see. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays (in order to minimize our impact on the park). Admittance is $8/person, payable at the park entrance.
Take a day trip to the beautiful tropical island, Isla Tortuga! A breathtaking 50-minute boat ride from Montezuma, with an optional stop to snorkel along the way at the best snorkeling site on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, will transport you to the white sand beaches of Tortuga. After arriving you will be prepared a tasty BBQ lunch, while you explore the island. The afternoon can be spent however you like: playing volleyball, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, or just lying under the coco trees.
Price: $50 including snorkeling. Price does not include transportation to Montezuma if you do not have a vehicle ($30 each way, up to five people).
Isla Tortuga/Curu Wildlife Refuge Combo
Instead of leaving by boat to Tortuga from Montezuma, you will first be transported from the hotel to Curu Wildlife Refuge for a guided tour. This is great place to see many animals (including a lot of monkeys) and plant life. You will then leave for the 15-minute boat from Curu for Isla Tortuga, again, snorkelling along the way if you like. After arriving you will be prepared a tasty lunch, while you explore the island. The afternoon can be spent however you like: playing volleyball, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, or just lying under the coco trees. Price: $80
Also at Isla Tortuga, the diving here is famous around the world because it is the only area in Central America with three sank boats. Average visibility is 30 ft. to 50 ft. with possibilities of up to 80 ft. Explore volcanic rock formations and swim among white tip sharks, giant schools of grunt, yellowtails, spotted eagle rays, turtles, stingrays, angel fish, octopus, sea horses, starfish, frog fish and many species of eels.
Price: 1 Dive: $150, 2 Dives: $180. This includes full professional gear, round trip transportation from Montezuma to the Diving spot, full lunch and drinks, professional dive master instructors, and bilingual guides. Price does not include transportation to Montezuma if you do not have a vehicle ($30 each way, up to five people).
How would you like to catch your own dinner? Our waters are full of delicious fish, such as blue, black & stripe marlin, sailfish, yellow fish, bonito, tuna, amber jack, Sierra mackerel, barracuda, mahi mahi, wahoo, roosterfish, and snapper. After the fishing guides filet your catch, bring it back to Villas Hermosas’ poolside BBQ and feast like a king!
- Inshore Panga Fishing – 3 people maximum, minimum 3 hours
Price $50 per hour
- Off Shore (Sail Fish & Marlin) – American-built center consol, T-top, outriggers, bait well, practicing bait & switch with Costa Rican captain and American first mate, max. 4 people.
Price $100 per hour, minimum 5 hours for offshore (includes lunch and drinks)
- Inshore Panga Fishing – 3 people maximum, minimum 3 hours
- Sunrise off shore fishing (6:00am – 9:30am) – 24’ boat: $280; 26’ boat: $350
- Sunset off shore fishing (4:00pm – 6:30pm) – 24’ boat: $220
- ½ Day Deep Sea fishing (9:30am – 4:00pm) – 24’ boat: $600; 26’ boat: $700
- ½ Day Deep Sea fishing (7:00am – 2:00pm) – 24’ boat: $700; 26’ boat: $800
- Full Day Deep Sea fishing (7:30am – 4:00pm) – 24’ boat: $800; 26’ boat: $1000; 30’ Sport Fishing Yacht: $1500; 25’ Sport Fishing Yacht: $1700 (full day charters include lunch and beverages)
Prices do not include transportation to Montezuma if you do not have a vehicle ($30 each way, up to five people).
If you prefer to be in the driver’s seat and go anywhere you choose, renting an all-terrain vehicle is the right way to go. Rentals are available full-day, half-day, multi-day, or weekly and allow you the freedom to explore the area and discover your own piece of paradise on a secluded beach or a mountain road high above town. Also convenient for trips into town for supplies or eating out if you don’t have a rental car. PRICE $45 half-day, $70 full day. Please ask for multi-day/weekly rates.
Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary
Visit our local non-profit animal-rescue organization in Cabuya, which takes in all injured or rescued animals. Rainsong works on returning the species that are in danger of extinction in our region to their natural habitat. With the help of biologists and veterinarians they take care of some animals which are vanishing due to hunters. The Sanctuary comprises of 4 hectares of jungle donated by Mary Lynn Perry and Simón Gomez G. $5/person donation, open 8am-11am, 2pm-5pm daily.