COSTA RICA IS PARADISE
WORK BETTER AND BE HAPPIER IN COSTA RICA
Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries on Earth. People living in Costa Rica have a higher overall wellbeing than people living in richer nations and it is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.
Santa Teresa is located in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. It is home to one of just five Blue Zones in the world and it is a place where people live longer and remain healthier and happier than anywhere else in the world. It is an absolute paradise with its white sand beaches, lush jungle surroundings, warm water and year round waves. It is a place where you often pass monkeys and iguanas on your way to the Supermarket and everyone gathers on the beach at sunset to watch the sun set across the horizon.
Santa Teresa is definitely one of the best places to experience the ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle that Costa Ricans have in their hearts and souls.
SANTA TERESA: A LITTLE BEACH TOWN IN THE JUNGLE
Santa Teresa is a small Costa Rican beach village where you can work and enjoy life living close to the nature.
It is the perfect little town for those that are looking for a better work-life balance. It is a multicultural melting pot where Costa Ricans, Argentineans, Israelis, Canadians, Americans, Italians, French, Germans, Brazilians, Columbians and many other people from around the world come to work, live and play together as a community.
If you want to surf before you start work or in-between, THE OFFICE is the right spot for you. We have lockers, where you can put your personal belongings while you surf and there is a tropical outdoor shower where you can rinse off post-surf. If you want to learn how to surf while you’re here, let us know and we can arrange a whole surf-workation for you.
At THE OFFICE, you can bring your board to work! Imagine starting your workday with an early morning surf while taking in the beautiful jungle surroundings. Head to THE OFFICE post-surf for a rinse off in our tropical outdoor shower and enjoy your first coffee in our garden setting. Start working feeling refreshed and free. Have a Skype date with your clients abroad or go forward with your own projects. This is the dream and it’s all possible here at THE OFFICE.
If Yoga is your passion, there are tons of options. Several hotels around town offer Vinyasa Flow, Hata, Ashtanga, Jing yoga or Pilatesmix classes with ocean views and experienced teachers from all over the world.
If your body needs some feel good treatments or you have a serious health issue, there are many therapists in town. There are relaxing, deep-tissue or hot stone massages as well as Thai Chi. We also have a chiropractor in town and magnet-therapists and healers, who can see your aura and improve your overall health.
You can visit the Cabo Blanco National Park or the Curu Wildlife Reserve where you can see a lot of wildlife including raccoons, anteaters, capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, whitetail deer, armadillos, spiders, collared peccaries, coyotes, porcupines, coatis, ocelots, weasels and tree ocelots. You can also go zip lining, visit the waterfalls in Montezuma or partake in any number of the local activities such as fishing, snorkeling, kayaking or horseback riding.
There are several daycares and Kindergartens in the area if you need someone to take care of your children while you work. There is Sonya’s in Mal Pais, Tai Meli’s and Puedo School in Santa Teresa and Hermosa Valley School in Hermosa. A babysitter or a private nanny can also be arranged depending on your needs.
There are 2 dentists, one regular doctor and 2 pharmacies in town. There are also 3 emergency centers that provide airlift services if you need to be rushed to San Jose. A public clinic is located 30-minutes away in Cobano and the closest hospital is in Puntarenas.
There are many supermarkets in Santa Teresa. The supermarket that is closest to THE OFFICE is the Green world store, which offers all kinds of vegetables and organic products. You can also buy vegan ice cream there as well as other healthy and locally produced goods. Super Costa is located only a 7-minute walk from THE OFFICE and it is another supermarket where you can find everything you need.
Every Saturday afternoon, there is also an organic market on the beach in front of the famous surf spot La Lora. Here you can buy organic vegetables and fruits as well as homemade goodies and handmade crafts.
Santa Teresa has an abundance of fantastic restaurants. The Fishbar is where you’ll find fresh fish-dishes with a Belgium influence as well as some vegetarian dishes. The Burger Rancho has the best burgers in town. Amici offers delicious pizzas cooked over a wood-fired oven and Olam serves up tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes. There are also many sodas in town where you can eat typical Costa Rican dishes such as Gallo Pinto and Casados.
Many local bars and restaurants around town host special events throughout the high season including live music shows, salsa dance lessons and open mike nights. Perhaps one of the most regular nights is at Kika’s, where there is live music every Thursday night. At midnight when the music stops, the party continues next door at La Lora Amarillo where you can dance to reggae until the wee hours of the morning. Rancho Itauna is another hotspot about town that is famous for its legendary full moon parties as well as its yearly New Years Eve Bash.
You can drive, catch a bus, take a shuttle or fly to Santa Teresa from San Jose. There are several rental car offices near the airport. There is also a $15 direct bus that leaves San Jose at 6am and 2pm every day from the 7-10 Bus Terminal downtown (Terminal siete diez). Another option is to take a shuttle bus. This costs $50 and they will pick you up at either your hotel or the airport in San Jose. You can also fly with Sansa or Nature Air from San Jose to Tambor, which is located only a 40-minute taxi ride from Santa Teresa.
Sunscreen, bathing suits, a hat and sunglasses are a must. If you are coming in the rainy season, consider bringing a rain jacket and mosquito repellent as well.