Playa Santa Teresa

Mal País & Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa is a long, stunning beach that's famous for its fast and powerful beach break. The waves are pretty consistent and can be surfed at virtually any time of day. At the north end of the beach, Roca Mar – aka Suck Rock – is an awesome point break and a local favorite. The break La Lora is named for the nightclub that marks the turnoff from the main road, which is how you find it.

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1. Playa Hermosa

0.96 MILES

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2. Playa El Carmen

1.24 MILES

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3. Playa Manzanillo

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4. Montezuma Gardens

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5. Montezuma Waterfalls

6.46 MILES

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6. Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco

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7. Montezuma Bay

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8. Church

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This local landmark is on the north side of the soccer field.