Meli Melo Hotel Santa Teresa - Costa Rica


Couples or Honeymooners
Group - Land Based
Solo Travellers
Learn to Surf

Surf and Yoga

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating



January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December



Located in the heart of one of the most pristine parts of tropical Costa Rica, this is the perfect place for those seeking a true surf-adventure getaway.

Just steps from Hotel Meli Melo you’ll find consistent beach breaks, bordered by lush rainforests teeming with wildlife and plenty of places to explore in the nearby national park.

The unpretentious and simple feel of the establishment will suit modest travelers. And its location on the main street of the vibrant surfing village of Santa Teresa gives you access to plenty of restaurants and cafes, surf shops and a taste of simple Costa Rican nightlife.

The vibe here mirrors that of the eclectic local community, all the way from its brightly coloured rooms to the convenience of a communal kitchen and the benefit of free cruiser bicycles.

Quick Facts
    • Easy surf access
    • Reasonable prices
    • Learn to surf options
    • Surf guiding
    • Bicycling, Adventure Tours
    • Plenty of dining options
    • Communal kitchen
    • National Park
    • Hammocks
    • Gardens
    • Board rental
    • Yoga and pilates

Playa Santa Teresa is at the heart of the true surfing experience in Costa Rica. The quaint village nestled in the Nicoya Peninsula is famed world over for its long white sandy beaches, incredible scenery, lush jungles and magnificent sub-tropical sunsets over the sea.

It’s made the small and harder to reach town a magnet for traveling surfers, yogis, expats, artists and foodies alike.

Yet somehow, Santa Teresa has maintained its charm, with minimalist and eco-friendly development ensuring an away-from-it-all experience coupled with always fun and often epic waves.

Just a short walk to the best banks on offer at Santa Teresa beach, and a few steps from shops and restaurants, Meli Melo is in a fantastic position to enjoy the best this beautiful place has to offer.

The hotel is well-loved for its welcoming atmosphere, beautiful tropical gardens and plenty of space to relax in the wings of a hammock or around other hotel guests.

The experience here is very personable with your hosts priding themselves on offering you exactly the type of Pura Vida holiday you are searching for.

Picture wandering through a huge national park, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, quad-biking and kayaking, visiting wildlife refuges and staring in awe at beautiful waterfalls.

You can also organise a Surf Package through the hotel’s ISA registered surf coach for a week long introduction or to improve your skills, including a complimentary massage, competitive accommodations rates and daily two-hour coaching sessions.

Or a Jungle Package to entertain your adventurous-side. Picture ATV riding through the jungle, and to nearby waterfalls, canopy touring and horse riding on the beach.

Those into wellness will appreciate the bounty of yoga studios in the surrounding area, and a range of fresh dining options including everything from classic cafes to Argentinian fare and delicious Japanese.

The hotel and its range of Bungalow style rooms are conveniently positioned on the main street, but is sheltered by beautiful tropical gardens which help retain a sense of complete tranquility.

Relax in your hammock, or unwind in the space around the outdoor kitchen where like-minded travelers often meet to share stories or a glass of wine.

Take a long stroll along the beach as the sun sets over the water, or enjoy a run through the surrounding jungle.

Wake up for a yoga session at a nearby shala and dance the night away at a local bar.

And start each day with a complimentary breakfast before planning your adventure-filled day in this tropical paradise.


Quaint and modest accommodations await at Meli Melo, a space renowned for its laid back atmosphere and welcoming vibe.

The rooms are clean and well-maintained offering a cheerful and homely atmosphere with their bright colours and basic amenities.

This includes the benefit of private hot water bathrooms, air-conditioning and wireless internet.

Step outside to enjoy your private little patio or terrace, complete with table and chairs perfect for a morning pot of complimentary Costa Rican coffee.

Rooms feature either one queen size bed for couples, or two double beds for families or groups wanting to share their space.

You also have the added benefit of parking, a shared kitchen, a lush tropical garden space and laundry service.

Surf & Other Activities

With Santa Teresa’s consistent A-Frame beach break on your doorstep and a range of different waves in the vicinity, you’ll be hard pressed to stay out of the water during your stay.

You can surf virtually every day of the year in Santa Teresa. The conditions are highly consistent and vary from epic offshore days of top to bottom barrels to soft rolling beachies perfect for beginners sneaking through on the inside.

On the low tide, and on the right swell, Santa Teresa can rival any world class beach break, but for the majority of the year you will find super fun waves just steps from Meli Melo.

There is also an abundance of other beach and reef breaks within easy reach, either through a short bike ride or bus drive.

Your hosts will be happy to let you in on a few local secrets, and help you find your way to some of the surrounding spots.

You can take a walk to Playa Carmen or ride one of the complimentary cruisers to Playa Hermosa just 20 minutes away, and well worth the move if you score it on a good day.

Beginners will be happy to know Meli Melo offers surf packages for both novice and intermediate surfers.

The long beach offers great learning conditions and the hotel’s ISA certified coach has plenty of experience.

There is also a wide range of surfboards and bodyboards available for rent, with the added benefit of being able to swap and change your equipment as often as you like during your stay.

Just enquire with the guys before you plan your trip.

Other Activities

There’s so many different activities to enjoy while in Santa Teresa and the crew at Meli Melo are more than happy to arrange any variety of experiences you are searching for during your stay.

Yoga and Pilates

Santa Teresa is a growing hub for yoga and wellness centered lifestyles. A number of expats have established world-class yoga shalas, massage centres, pilates studios and a few gyms to suit travelers seeking a healthy escape.


Meli Melo offer a relaxing massage service, either in the privacy of the hotel space or on the beach at sunset.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy a spectacular horseback ride through the stunning Costa Rican jungle and later watch the sun set over the water. An incredible way to experience your surroundings in a completely natural way.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Costa Rica’s first National Park will not disappoint nature lovers, with 1250 hectares of untouched beauty, home to hundreds of animal and plant species, thick jungle, and breathtaking coastlines.

Isla Tortuga

A day trip to kayak hike and explore a beautiful tropical island, some 50 minutes from Mal Pais with the option to stop and snorkel and enjoy a tasty BBQ lunch on the island.

Curu Wildlife Refuge

Support a sustainable ecological haven while gaining an up and close experience with some native wildlife, including plenty of monkeys.

Scuba Diving

Fantastic dive sights await at Isla Tortuga, most famous for three sunken shipwrecks, its volcanic formations, spotted eagle rays, turtles, stingrays and many species of eels.

Sport Fishing

Spend a day wrestling with the abundant giants of the sea and bring back your catch to have it cooked in Meli Melo’s communal kitchen.

Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit a local non-for-profit animal rescue operation in Cabuya supporting the rescue, rehabilitation and return of native animals.

Montezuma Waterfalls

Fall in love with the beauty of three large interconnected waterfalls in the jungles on the outskirts of Montezuma, some 30 minutes away.

Canopy and Zipline

Between Mal Pais and the Cabo Blanco Nature reserve and bordering a beautiful farm, you can enjoy views of the beautiful ocean from the tree tops.

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Standard and Family room: 

  • A/C
  • Private bathroom with hot shower 
  • Orthopaedic mattresses 
  • Patio and / or terrace with hammock 
  • Complementary morning coffee 
  • Daily Cleaning
  • Free Safety box
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Free access to shared kitchen
  • Free bicycles (Banana Beach Cruiser)


Family room: 

  • A/C in the main bedroom 
  • Private bathroom with hot shower
  • Orthopaedic mattresses
  • Fully equipped kitchen with fridge and freezer, coffee maker, stove, and toaster
  • Daily Cleaning
  • Free Safety box
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Free bicycles (Banana Beach Cruiser)


Disclaimer - This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with The Perfect Wave Travel Co. The Perfect Wave acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, land based accommodation and boat charter operators. The Perfect Waves obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The Perfect Wave has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

Other Surf Experiences

Laura, November 2014

Meli Melo was a charming hostel in Santa Teresa. My husband and I went for an anniversary trip. Our private room was clean and comfortable. It was everything we needed, including fridge, stove, and coffee maker. Surfing lessons from Frederic were a great plus, too!”

Cathy, January

“My husband & I stayed for 3 amazing weeks at Hotel Meli Melo and felt right at home from the start. Melanie & Frederick were great/helpful hosts and we loved our welcoming canines, Mirza & Chico. Our accommodations were clean (muchas gracias, Angela), comfortable, and private - set within a lush, tropical landscape. The outdoor communal kitchen was a great place to cook & socialize. It is perfectly located with the beach across the street and groceries, restaurants, and bakeries all within walking distance. We enjoyed exploring the area on the complimentary bikes they provided. We were very sad to leave this paradise!”

Lydia, January

“Our third visit to Santa Teresa and Hotel Meli Melo. We love coming here and plan to return again, hopefully soon! Our room was comfortable and had an outdoor bathroom area which was fun. The communal kitchen is great with labeled storage areas on the shelf and in the fridge for each room. The coffee each morning is nice. Easy walk to the grocery store or to restaurants and the path to the beach is pretty much right across the street. Frederick and Melanie are nice, always helpful, and we consider them friends. Always sad when we have to leave this wonderful place."