Quickie Quad Quests: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

ATVs or all terrain vehicles… those powerful 4 wheelers, also known as quads, come in many different sizes and shapes. It is usually used for recreation driving off road in the dirt or mud, mostly, the dirtier and wetter the better the experience.

Though in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, an idyllic coastal community paradise where roads are so bumpy and full of pot holes, quads are a convenient means of transportation. So aside from the ATV rentals or ATV tours available, locals can be seen doing their daily business on their quads with a basket or crate at the backseat for storage.

One rainy afternoon after an amazing lunch of local food, we decided to explore the area beyond our hostel. Of course, the rain would make it harder but the sun eventually showed up and we were ecstatic! After three days, there was only so much yoga my hubby can take. He was kicking to do some adrenaline action.

It was our first time to be on an ATV. My hubby was driving and I was just perfectly content to be on the backseat. He had a quick driving lesson up and down the little road and in ten minutes we were on our way!



The goals of this trip: to check out Montezuma, a hippie beachside town, and that huge banyan tree somewhere along the way. No other specific itineraries, just go and enjoy the drive.

As we drove south past the busy town center, houses and buildings became more sparse and the scenery turned more rural and green. Potholes and muddy roads notwithstanding, the bumpy ride amused us to no end. We thought we got lost several times because there was no one else on the road and road signs were hard to come by, but still, we carried on our way amidst tall trees and rolling hills.




We made a left from Mal Pais, the town 5 kms. after Santa Teresa to get to Cabuya on the other side of the Nicoya peninsula. Watch out for the road signs here! From Cabuya, turn left and proceed to Montezuma, about 10 kms. A few minutes down the road will bring you to the famed El Higueron de Cabuya or the biggest banyan tree I have ever seen. I was super excited over this than getting to Montezuma, honestly. But before that, we had a false alarm earlier mistaking another tree for THE big one, it was pretty much a tall tree but not as big as I pictured it would be. As you can see, we were excitedly taking photos.




Duh. Wrong tree!



So can you imagine my surprise when this ginormous tree came into view? I poked and poked my hubby telling him to stop, stop, stop, oh my God, oh my God… Wow!!! (umm, yes, really, I sounded that way)

No one knows how old this tree is. Right before we left, I whispered to the tree to stay alive as long as it can…

We went on and drove past hidden beaches, scenic coastlines and not a whole lot of tourists until we got to the town of Montezuma. Nah, it didn’t impress me that much so we just continued on driving. From Montezuma, make another left to get to the town of Cobano, 8 kms away. This was a bigger town, lots of people, vehicles and buildings. We reached this main intersection and we were not sure where to go, we might have missed the sign or something so this was where my limited Spanish came into play. I told my hubby to approach this kind looking elderly lady and I asked her “donde esta Santa Teresa?” She gave me a big smile and pointed to us the correct direction. “Muchas gracias!” Making a left at the intersection would take you back to Santa Teresa.

We reached town just before sunset, all in all it took us about 4 hours to drive around the tip of the peninsula. We did three river crossings (they were more like streams), and that was some splashy fun! My butt was sore and my legs were almost numb from sitting at the backseat even if we did stop at intervals to stretch. We ended our day eating pizza at a popular restaurant by the beach where there were lots of surfers and beachgoers frolicking about. A busy scene yet a relaxing one when people watching and sunsets are involved.

Do you like going on spontaneous adventures? Let’s go!


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