Surf, yoga and sunsets on a beach untainted by tourism

In the small surf town of Santa Teresa, Florblanca is a cool vibe escape of coconut sorbets, stylish villas and barefoot adventure.

It’s good vibrations and simple pleasures at this artfully rustic rainforest-covered retreat. Villas are bohemian and beachy, iguanas scurry past a beautiful pool and monkeys hide in the trees. Days are spent ocean-bound, borrowing surfboards or riding waves with a local instructor. There’s a renowned yoga dojo, a wild spa suspended over waterfall pools and hook-to-fork, farm-to-table dining with your toes in the sand.

Why we love Florblanca

  • Surrounded by verdant rainforest, bleached beaches and wild waves

  • Petite retreat. Just 11 beautiful villas with living rooms, outdoor bathrooms and hammocks on the terrace

  • Packed with activities including surfing, paddle boarding, yoga, Pilates and horse riding

  • Slow the pace with a skin-softening coconut scrub at Spa Bambu

4 stars
11 hours
On the south coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, surrounded by the forest
Approx. 6 hours’ transfer from San Jose airport



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Spas & wellness
  • Sustainability

Dine indoors or outdoors, by the beach, at the bar or in the poolside palapa. Nectar restaurant delivers Latin, Mediterranean and Asian flavours to all the best lounging spots at Florblanca.

Nectar Restaurant
There’s a wild charm at Nectar restaurant where you can fuel up with surfer’s burrito breakfasts and slow down with post-beach yellow fin tuna salads. Order sushi and sip rosé at lunchtime and return for fresh catch-of-the-day, shrimp spaghetti and sunset scenes. The restaurant serves responsibly sourced fish and is built around organic, seasonal, local produce.

With bamboo encircled therapy rooms, waterfalls cascading into stone pools and a huge jacuzzi, Spa Bambu is a soul-soothing space with treatments including Costa Rican coffee scrubs and hot stone massages.

Practice sunrise salutations and evening Vinyasa at the oceanfront open-air yoga dojo and join daily Pilates classes in a studio kitted out with Balanced Body Springboards.

Join Fitness Bootcamp for personalised circuit training on the beach.

Florblanca is a scenic and sustainable escape, whose gardens are chemical-free and whose native species of plants and trees offer safe habitat for animals including monkeys, birds and mammals. Their location is rich in biodiversity and staff are trained in how to protect sea turtle nesting. Organic waste is turned into compost to feed the gardens and natural rocks ensure rainwater drains away properly to avoid soil depletion. Energy-efficient lighting is used throughout the hotel and UV lamps purify water. You’ll also eat clean and kind here. Nectar restaurant serves organic, local produce and sustainably sourced seafood.

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