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‘Pura Vida’ in Santa Teresa surfer heaven

Step into a Costa Rican paradise. Nantipa is a cloud-nine boutique retreat that redefines barefoot luxury. Every element is inspired by the ocean and sky – right down to its name, which means ‘blue’ in the native Nicoya tribal language. From dawn to dusk you’ll have the sand between your toes and the sound of crashing waves in your ears.

Whether you’re a novice or seasoned surfer, the conditions here are point break perfect. Of course, you could just swing gently in a hammock in your bungalow or beside the pool. The bartenders here will happily mix the kind of cocktail you can only have in Costa Rica, using tropical island spirits and fruits. Dinner will bring you back down to the beach, where you’ll feast on fresh Costa Rican specialities as the sun melts into the horizon.

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With the wildlife-rich jungle behind you and the ocean in front, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty at Nantipa. Beach hop your way along the Nicoya Peninsula, on foot, surfboard or even on horseback. Visit the mighty Montezuma Waterfall. Swap sandals for hiking boots to trek Cabo Blanco National Park and visit Curu WildlifeReserve. Or take a boat and escape to the talcum powder sands of Tortuga Island. The concierges at Nantipa will happily recommend and arrange all sorts of unforgettable adventures.

Enjoy your stay!

15 Rooms |  2 Floors |  1 Restaurant | 

4.6 /5

116 reviews


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Environmentally Conscious

Natural beauty abounds at Hotel Nantipa, with its jungle-meets-ocean backdrop within easy reach of Montezuma Waterfall, Blanco National Park and Curu Wildlife Reserve. In addition to exclusively planting native species in the gardens and engaging in reforestation projects with local organisations, Hotel Nantipa limited the cutting of original trees to six plants which were all recycled into furniture or used in the property’s construction. Solar energy is used to heat the water for all rooms, while a state-of-the-art water treatment plant helps lower the hotel’s overall water consumption.

Cultural Custodians

The name Nantipa, meaning ‘blue’ in the Chorotegan language, is a special tribute to the native tribe who have lived in harmony with the Nicoya Peninsula since ancient times. Nicoya is one of the world’s five Blue Zones, as recognised by UNESCO and protected by the Catuza Chamber of Tourism – of which Hotel Nantipa is a founding affiliate. Blue Zones are informed and inspired by the world’s longest-lived cultures, implementing evidence-informed community wellbeing programmes to create sustainable, system-level solutions that improve population health and economic vitality.

Community Minded

From re-introducing macaws to the local ecosystem, to a cocktail menu inspired by local liqueurs and Costa Rican tropical fruits, a strong community spirit runs throughout Hotel Nantipa. Seafood is bought fresh from local fisherman on a daily basis, bread is made from scratch by a local baker, and organic produce is sourced almost exclusively from the Nicoya Peninsula region. There is also a daily beach clean-up programme where guests are rewarded for picking up micro-plastic residue in aluminium buckets with a refreshing smoothie from the Nantipa bar.

Covid-19 Measures

  • Daily maid and turn down services are optional and follow strict health protocols, using hospital-grade products.
  • Our restaurant, pool and beach areas have been reorganized according to social distancing protocols. 
  • All guests, visitors and staff members are required to wear face covering at all times inside the property (except for the guest rooms, swimming pool, beach loungers and tables).  Disinfectant gel available in all public areas.
  • Our Manzú Restaurant’s staff follow special health protocols and the tables have been rearranged according to social distancing measures.  Approved and inspected by the Tourism and Health authorities.
  • Temperature checks will be made to all guests, visitors and staff. Hand washing is mandatory upon entrance to the property. Hotel can arrange for Covid PCR tests through certified local companies, and the samples will be taken from the comfort of the hotel. 

Our rooms

From $473 after price

Nanku King Bed Suite

Sleeps 3

Nanku 2 Full Beds Suite

Sleeps 4

Ninta Bungalow Garden View

Sleeps 2

Ninta Beach Bungalow

Sleeps 2
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Quality Assured

Mystery Inspected

Global Rating

4.6 /5


116 reviews


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Hotel Nantipa, Costa Rica

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Key Features

Air conditioning

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Concierge desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Fire safety compliant
  • Full service housekeeping
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Security
  • Restaurant

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Concierge desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Fire safety compliant
  • Full service housekeeping
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Security
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Room service
  • Room service - limited hours
  • Massage services
  • Pets not allowed

Food And Drinks

The hotel restaurant serves creative Costa Rican cuisine with a side of sunset views. Beautifully positioned right on the beach, you can work your way through zingy ceviche as you listen to the waves roll in. The sizzle of the grill is for line-fresh seafood, with tacos, gallos and casados staples of the locally inspired menu.


Served Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open Air and outdoor sitting in the sand. Features Costa Rican favorites along with a seafood grill. Oustanding mixologist has prepared authentic Costa Rican drinks using local ingredients and tropical fruits. Ocean and Sunset Views from all tables.


You don’t need to leave the ocean to enjoy a spa treatment at Nantipa. Step straight from the sand into an open-sided bungalow that’s a serene spot for totally unwinding. Listen to the waves crash along the coast while relaxing during a treatment or intimate yoga class. This is beachside bliss.

Location of your stay

Hotel Address

Hotel Nantipa

Main Street


Santa Teresa de Cobano

Costa Rica

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Where is it?

82 kms to airport Juan Santamaria International

139 kms to airport Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport

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