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Playa Carmen Costa Rica

Playa Carmen Costa Rica
Playa Carmen Costa Rica
Playa Carmen Costa-Rica

Where in the world is… Playa Carmen? Often lumped in with the town of Santa Teresa in Costa Rica, Playa Carmen is actually the lively town that is sandwiched between Mal País and Santa Teresa in the southern region of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Playa Carmen, and in fact this whole region that runs from Santa Teresa to Mal Pais, is a new and thriving travel destination in Costa Rica for surfers, beach lovers and world travelers alike.

Playa Carmen, just a short distance from Blue Surf Sanctuary, originally became known for its picture-perfect, consistent waves that were great for all levels of surfers. In recent years however, Playa Carmen has morphed into something much more than just your ordinary surfing beach. Every year, more and more adventure seekers, food lovers and nature enthusiasts are coming to visit this quaint little Costa Rican coastal town. The people here are so friendly, warm and vibrant. The town itself centers around its only road, a rutted-out dirt causeway and once  you enter, you may never want to leave.

Playa Carmen Sunset
This photo was taken from http://www.luxurylivingint.com where they have an article that talks about how Playa Carmen/Santa Teresa was ranked as the #1 Beach Destination in Central America by the 2012 Traveler’s Choice Awards.

Playa Carmen (The beach, not the town)

Playa Carmen has beautiful, wide-open beaches that brush up against one of Costa Rica’s most lush and active jungles. The jungle here hugs the coastline making it a great place for a picnic or an afternoon at the beach where the whole family can tuck away under the shade of some hidden hideaway. The ocean and the jungle in Playa Carmen are both awe-inspiring and very much alive with much natural wildlife making every day here unique and an absolute joy. The town of Playa Carmen is also colored with many different restaurants that reflect the towns multicultural inhabitants as they showcase many different ethnicities and flavors from all over the world. Don’t forget to look up when you’re in Playa Carmen because hidden way up in the lush hills are many quaint boutique hotels and vacation rentals that overlook the town.

Sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? Whether you are looking for a surf vacation or just something different and off the beaten track in Costa Rica, Playa Carmen is the place. For surfers, there are surf hotels, surf camps, surf schools and surf shops. For everyone else, there are plenty of fun activities, hotels and restaurants for every budget. There are also many mouth-watering bakeries, top of line tasty restaurants, revered Yoga retreats, spectacular sunsets and a happening nightlife. I can personally guarantee that your next trip to Playa Carmen in Costa Rica will be anything but boring.

Come stay with us at Blue Surf Sanctuary and enjoy all this beautiful area has to offer.

Here is a video of a short drive through Playa Carmen in Costa Rica:

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We are perfect for first time surfers! Our surf instructors will start you off with the very basics of learning about surfing and surfing safety. We will make sure you have a healthy respect for the ocean. You will soon understand why surfing becomes a life style as you enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

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“Had the best time at the Blue Surf Sanctuary. Lovely part of town, with the sea and amazing food options nearby. Couldn’t fault it really….”

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Blue Surf Sanctuary is a boutique surf hotel located near world famous surf spots at Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Costa Rica. We have 4 wonderfully equipped Bungalows and a beautiful open air kitchen located a very short walk from the beach. Our front desk is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our surf resort not only offers Costa Rica surf vacation packages, we also offer the ultimate beach retreat with local spa services, massage, and yoga! Let us build your perfect surf trip.

Many of our guests come to Costa Rica for the awesome surf. Santa Teresa / Mal Pais has become a world famous surf location. Not only is the surf great, the beach is consistently voted tops in all of Central and South America. It really is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will love the vibe. We can help you build the perfect Costa Rica surf vacation!

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula. The two small surf towns share a 6km stretch of beach and road. There are many restaurants, surf shops, and groceries. We are located near one of the best surf breaks in the country, Suck Rock.

Do you want an active Costa Rica vacation or retreat? Improve your surfing with our surf instructors, Relax, Yoga, repeat daily! Awesome surf and yoga in paradise is a great way to spend your Costa Rica vacation. Restore your balance in paradise. Experience nature and find yourself in beautiful Costa Rica. Your inner Pura Vida is waiting for you!

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