Mal Pais

Mal Pais

Mal Pais, a small town extends to the border of Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve.  Set on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, it is a tranquil area. Mal Pais didn’t get developed as much as Santa Teresa get. In Mal Pais you will enjoy the peaceful environment like that of small village. Though Malpais means “bad land” in Spanish, this place is just like a paradise with its greater amount of intact jungle, and more water in the hills that keeps the area greener. 


Regardless of your budget or group size, there is something for you in Mal Pais. There are some hotel set close to some of the best surf destinations. Some hotels host yoga, cardio and even kickboxing classes and spa services.

casa chemeleon Casa Chameleon Hotel:

It is an adult only hotel overlooking amazing ocean views from the vantage point of the lush mountainside. Its each of the luxurious villa is featured with ample amenities and private ocean view pool. It features a bar and a restaurant that serves healthy-diet Costa Rican cuisine. There is also an open kitchen that will allow you to see the chef preparing your meals. It is situated beachfront in a secluded jungle, just 40 minutes drive from Tambor Airport.

Call: +1 888-705-0274
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Vista de Olas:

Perched on top of a peaceful hill, Vista de Olas is a refined hotel featuring 6 sumptuous, secluded deluxe villas overlooking amazing ocean view. It also provides an open-sky bathroom, private porch and air conditioner. This hotel property also features a jacuzzi, luxurious infinity pool, private parking, wet bar, spa, pool lounge and BBQ restaurant. Hotel facilities also include rooms service, wireless internet, safe deposit box and yoga classes.

Call: +(506) 2640-0183
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Hotel Moana:

Situated within a lush tropical garden, Hotel Moana is featured with an outdoor pool, an ocean-view restaurant, rooms with private porch overlooking amazing garden views. Hotel facilities also include barbecue area, free WiFi, massage service, Yoga class and tour desk. This hotel is decorated with African style. It also features a pool bar and a TV lounge. It is set 30 minutes driving distance from Tambor Airport and on extra charge you can get shuttle service.

Call: +506 2640 0230

Blue Jay Lodge:

It is a nature lodge, located just 200 m from the beach of Mal Pais and 700 m from popular surfing spots. This lodge property boasts over 20,0 m of on-site gardens with a variety of wildlife. Its bedrooms are featured with a double and a single bed, room safe, fans, balcony with hammocks. Each of its bungalow includes wardrobe, a fan and large window overlooking jungle view. There is also a private terrace and an ensuite bathroom including shower and toilet. Throughout the property you will get free WiFi. Facilities also include laundry services, on-site surfing and yoga lessons. Within 45 minute drive you can reach Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve and within 4 hours driving you can reach Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport near Liberia.

Call: +506 2640 0089
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hotel the place Hotel The Place:

This hotel is located within 5 minutes walking distance from Playa del Carmen Beach. This hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, accommodation with air conditioner and free WiFi. Set on the edge of Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, this lodge can be reached with 5 minutes driving from the center of the town. At this hotel all the bungalows are decorated in unique style and each of those include a mini bar and a private bathroom with shower. Its restaurant serves continental breakfast and at the poolside bar you will find cocktails and you can also prepare your own meals in the communal kitchen area.

Call: +506 2640 0001

frank's place Frank’s Place:

This place is situated just 500 ft (150 m) from Playa Carmen and conveniently set close to the town’s restaurants, supermarket, banks and pharmacies. Most of the rooms of this hotel surround the common outdoor area that is featured with a swimming pool, restaurant, Jacuzzi and gardens. All the rooms feature private hot water bathroom, wireless internet, cable TV, air conditioner and wireless internet. Some rooms also have private balconies or patios furnished with chairs and table.

Call: +506 2640 0096


spicy monday shakshuka The Bakery:

Situated just 50 meteers north of Franks at Playa Carmen, Mal Pais, the Bakery is a great place to enjoy fresh baked cakes, croisants, bread and pastries. It also serves coffee and refreshing drinks. It remains open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any time in between. It also prepare fusion cuisine with fresh daily products and original flavors.

Call: +506 2640 0560

product c Product C:

It is a small family-run restaurant. It serves up daily, locally caught, fresh fish, lovingly cooked in a friendly ambience near the beautiful beaches of Mal Pais, Costa Rica. It has outdoor shaded patio seating and it remains open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 4pm. At this place you can also enjoy microbrew beers with your meal.

Call: +506 2640 1026

Ritmo Tropical Restaurant Pizzeria:

This restaurant remains open all year and it serves breakfast and dinner-notch. This restaurant merge International recipes with typical Costa Rican dishes. Its pizzas are renowned for Italian style, variety and quality. Its all dishes are made from fresh raw material. This restaurant remains open to the public and provides room service for the hotel guests.

Call: (+506) 2640-0174

Umi Sushi Umi Sushi:

At this place you can enjoy the Finest Japanese cuisine, atmosphere and tradition. This restaurant blends highest virtue of service anda honor, with Japanese rich culinary and cultural heritage.

Call: +506 2640 0968

the Papaya Lounge The Papaya Lounge Restaurant:

The Papaya Lounge is a great spot to unwind and watch the sunset. At the time of breakfast, it offers a selection of dishes including French toast, traditional Gallo Pinto (rice and beans), huevo rancheros, pancakes, and fruit bowl. It also serves wide range of tapas including the best of local seafood and produce for its guests to sample. In its bar you will find fresh fruit daiquiris and the best Mojitos aroud. It remains open for breakfast 7:30 to 10 a.m and dinner 5 to 10 pm.

Call: +506 2640 0230

mary's kitchen Mary’s Restaurant:

Located at the far end of Mal Pais village, this open-air restaurant serves delicious wood-fired pizzas, grilled seafood, homemade bacon and sausage, fresh produce straight from the farm. This charming little local restaurant’s specialty is whatever the local fishermen catches and delicious brick oven pizza. It is popular for its desserts and pleasant atmosphere.

Call: +506 2640 0153


nativo sports bar Nativos Sports Bar:

After a long day of surf, you can enjoy a great time with your friends at this sport bar and can enjoy your favorite sport. Its specialty is the draft beer. It also have Pilsen and Imperial and delicious cocktails. You can also enjoy best coffee in town and 100% natural smoothies.

Call: +506 2640 0356

Bar D&N:

D & N is the short form of Day and Night. It is strangely only open during the evening. The town gathers to enjoy live reggae or DJ music on Monday Night Reggae and it is the biggest event of the week. You can enjoy your drinks on the beach and under the stars and at the same time enjoy watching the waves crash against the sand.



Playa Mal Pais:

With long, rocky stretch, this enormous beach is just south of Santa Teresa. It has shady and sandy area and considere as one of the best Pacific Coast. It also has some of the best surfing spots especially for the beginners its consistent waves also make it a great place for the advanced surfers.

Playa El Carmen:

It is also one of the most popular beach in the area. With its white sand and unspoiled shore, it is a perfect place for those who want to socialize or to browse jewelry from local vendors. It is ideal for both beginners and advanced level surfers.

Playa Santa Teresa:

It is another well known surf beach in Costa Rica. This beach has a few rocky patches and its consistent swells makes this place perfect for surfing.

Playa Hermosa:

From the center of the town within 20 minutes drive you can reach this enormous beach. It has clear water and it is less crowded that allows the visitors to enjoy some tranquil time. It is also an ideal place for surfing.

Playa Manzanillo:

It takes a half hour by car from Mal Pais and Santa Teresa to reach Playa Manzanillo. At the time of traveling towards this beach, you will pass through multiple hills and enjoy watching amazing landscape views of the ‘M’ shaped shoreline.

Nature Reserves and Wildlife Refuges:

Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve:

Just five miles from the Santa Teresa and Mal Pais intersection, you will find the back entrance of the Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve. This reserve is home to different wild animals including over 39 species of bats. You can reach the beach by its short trail and one incredibly long way.

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Curu Wildlife Refuge:

From the Paquera ferry, this reserve is just 15 minutes west and from Santa Teresa/Mal Pais it is 15 minutes east. There are 17 trails in its tropical wet and dry forest and also mangrove swamps. It is a perfect place to enjoy a variety of activities like ATV tour, snorkeling, and horseback riding that will also allow you to enjoy exploring the amazing natural beauty of the area.

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Yoga and Surfing in Mal Pais:

indigo yoga Indigo Yoga Surf Resort:

This resort has Indigo Shala that is a magical place where a variety of Yoga styles are practiced. Owner of Indigo Yoga Resort, Francesca D´ottavi offers a special blend of yoga Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Aerial Yoga and skills. Its aim is to make the guests experience truth, inner peace, love and enlightenment through a healthy body, mind and soul. This resort is also close to some amazing points, reefs and 3 consistant beachbreaks all within walking distance or a short drive. So the guests can go for amazing surfing.

Call: +506 8304 4308

casa zen Casa Zen:

Casa Zen offers yoga packages that will allow you to awaken your mind, body and soul and get relaxed and rejuvenated. In addition to the yoga practice, you can also learn how to surf warm tropical waves and fly through the jungle on a zip line as well as discovering raw food nutrition, calming yourself with a massage.

Call: +506 2640 0523
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pranamar villas yoga Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat:

There is a Yoga shala in Pranamar Villas property that is built as a space to bring people together. It is a place to grow, to learn, to celebrate, and experience Divineness. It offers Yoga classes that will challenge you physically but more than that, it will give you the opportunity to increase self-awareness, knowledge and joy. It offers different packages including yoga and surfing.

Call: (506)2640-0852
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Mal Pais Surf Camp:

It is a full-service hotel in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Set just minutes away from the top surf spots of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa, this hotel offers surf board rentals, surf lessons and lots of information about surf spots and breaks in Mal Pais, Santa Teresa and all the rest of Costa Rica. It offers surf packages including 3 meals with limited options. It also include accommodations in its shared rancho and use of surfboards. It costs 60 per person per day. If you want to stay in a private cabina, you will have to pay $80 per person per day. It can arrange other packages on request but you need to inform about your requirements.

Call: (506) 2640 0031


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