A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its summary of not-to-miss shops and restaurants in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, including a great spot to “relax, eat great food, and feel inspired” at. Thanks to Kate for submitting her personal account to us. We hope your hot rollers were in tow for the Bajo Del Mar grand opening. Pura vida!
Featured Author: Kate Zealand (visit the Hostels and Hot Rollers Blog)
During our travels here in Santa Teresa, we’ve come across from pretty cool places.
Today’s post is all about some of our favourites!
Green World Store: Oh yes my friends, Santa Teresa has a health food store. Although I’m not sure that Shaun every actually went inside, I think I was there about every other day. In Canada I can spend so much time cruising up and down the aisles of health food stores, looking at all the goodies. Turns out, I can spend even more time cruising them when everything is written in Spanish!
Cafe Zaza: Air conditioning and coffee..What more could a girl ask for??This cute little cafe is closer to Santa Teresa side of the strip, and is in the same complex as a couple little shops. It’s a pretty hostel central area, and while we were there, there was a lot of talk about things being stolen. Just keep you wits about you as you sip your latte!
Bajo del Mar: We ended up here for dinner on their opening night. We had planned on going somewhere else for dinner, but after a couple glasses of boxed wine in plastic cups, our fellow hostel mates convinced us to join them here. It turned out that the owner used to work at our hostel, so they were all heading there to support him. We were keeping an open mind, as we knew it was their opening night, and we were a pretty big group, but the meal was amazing! We had a Margarita pizza. Shaun, and I order these all the time, so we are pretty critical of them, but I gotta say, this one was amazing! The crust was so crispy, and the ingredients so fresh. A must visit if you’re in the area!
Zwart Art Cafe: So this place wins the prize. I spent soo many afternoons at Zwart, sketching, and drinking coffee. This place is a coffee shop/ bookstore/diner/art studio. A one stop shop! The owner even offered to have me come use her paints (unfortunately, I ran out of time). If you are looking for a place to relax, eat great food, and feel inspired, I would highly recommend Zwart.
Banana Beach: This is one of few bars that is right on the beach, but let me tell you, it’s a winner. Hammocks, beds, lounge chairs, tables. However you want to relax, they have it. Shaun and I spent many afternoons buying the occasional cervasa and coke light, just so we could use their beach chairs.We spent most of our time here during the day, and at sunset, but they have something different going on every night, plus some great (but pricey) food.
So those are just a couple of the many great places we’ve encountered while we were here, and most are pretty close to our hostel. Like I mentioned before, the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa road is 10km long, so there are lots of places we didn’t spend much time at. We will be staying in Mal Pais in the new year, so I’m sure we will have all sorts of new places from this area to share!
What has the been the best place local business you’ve every found while travelling?
Click here to read the above post on the Hostels and Hot Rollers Blog
About Kate Zealand:
It all started about 4 months before we were planning on leaving. I was sitting at my vanity, sprizting, fluffing, and getting glammed up for an evening out. Shaun walked in, looked at me, and asked, “You’re not bringing your hot rollers to Costa Rica are you?”.
And with that…my blog was born.
So readers, perhaps that will give you a glimpse into what’s in store. Read on to see how a lover of glitter, Disney, make-up, working out, and eating clean survives five months travelling through Costa Rica with just a backpack and a husband in tow.
And as to whether I packed my hot rollers…you’ll just have to wait and see.
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