Mal Pais and Santa Teresa information


Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are located near the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, adjacent to Cabo Blanco National Park. These are two of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica and are favorite beaches for surfers, beach bums and the cupotico employees. Climate in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa is generally favorable for tourism year around with two rainy months during September and October; during the rest of the year rain tends to fall during afternoon with sunny mornings and clear skies during the nights.

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The two corresponding tiny villages Mal Pais and Santa Teresa consist of few hotels and cabins, couple of mini markets, a few good restaurants; Buenos Aires for Argentinean food and gorgeous sunsets, Tomate for Pizza, Talburger for the best hamburgers around and Jungle Juice for the best breakfast and shakes, there are also two bars / discos; Tabu and La Lora that provide night entertainment.


Hotels in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa

  The hotels in Mal Pais and the Hotels in Santa Teresa characterize in their small size and personal service. Most of the hotels featured on are located straight on the beach, offering swimming pools, gourmet restaurants, Air-condition or ceiling fans in rooms, coffee makers, private bathroom with hot shower and Jacuzzi.
  Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Reserve We have gathered only the best and most recommended hotels, including the exclusive Hotel Flor Blanca, Hotel Sunset Reef, Hotel Tropico Latino, Casa Chamelon and Hotel Milarepa. All offer fine to excellent service with great attention to details and are set on a few of the most gorgeous beaches in Costa Rica. You can browse our Santa Teresa and Mal Pais hotel page, review photos, rates and submit your reservation.
Surfing in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa and other Tours and Activities
  Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are mainly famous for their consistent and very good surf conditions all year around. During May through October the region gets the bigger swells.
A few of the famous beaches are Playa Carmen (The first beach driving straight upon arriving to Mal Pais) and Santa Teresa in front of “Brunelas” and La Lora – these are two of the best beaches for all levels, offering easy slow and fun waves. For more advanced surfers you can go to Playa De Los Suecos located 4 Km south (left) of the crossroads. Park your car near the fishing boats and walk south 100 yards along the rocks.
Puddle through the channel next to the hotel, it is a very fast lefthander wave for advanced surfers with. Also available are the Reef Wave in Manzanillo (Needs a lot of swell to work well) and the Punta Barrigona: Between Los Suecos and the crossroads – just by Mar Azul restaurant – long lefthander.

Other than Surf and beach combing you can go on daily trips to the Cabo Blanco National Park, Sport Fishing is available year around, ATV rentals and tours, Canopy tours and many other activities are available for the enjoyment of visitors. You can visit our Santa Teresa and Mal Pais tours and activities section to learn more about the region’s fun stuff to do! You can also make reservations online to the selected tours and activities.

How to get to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa from San Jose:

By Car – Between 5 -6 hours
From San Jose drive to Puntarenas (About 2 hours drive). In Puntarenas take the ferry to Paquera (1.5 hours on the ferry). The cost for the ferry per car is about $10 and $2 per person. From Paquera take the road towards playa Tambor, from Tambor follow the signs to Cobano and from Cobano to Santa Teresa and Mal Pais (It is about 1 hour from Paquera to Cobano and another 30 minutes from Cobano to Mal Pais).

  Up to Cobano the road is paved and the last 7 Kilometers (4.3 miles) are gravel road. Welcome to paradise!!!

By Bus- Between 7 – 8 hours.
Take the Bus that goes to Puntarenas from San Jose, bus station is located 350 meter north to the Health Ministery building. No Reservation Necessary. Tel in San Jose is (506) 222-0064 and in Puntarenas is (506) 551-2158. Direct busses depart from 6am to 7pm each hour and price is about $5. Indirect busses depart from 4am to 9am each 2 hours and cost is $3 and it is 4 hours drive.
On arriving to Puntarenas take a taxi to the ferry ($1.5) and buy a ticket to the ferry ($1.5). The ferry goes out of Puntarenas to Paquera every 2 hours, starting at 6:30am. The ferry ride is 1.5 hours long. From Paquera take the bus to Cobano and from Cobano either take the bus or take a taxi (About 30 minutes ride).

By Airplane – 2 -3 hours (flight takes 45 minutes).
You can take a domestic flight from San Jose to Tambor and then take a taxi from Tambor to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Flight to Tambor takes about 45 minutes and taxi takes about 45 minutes more.

That’s it – as mentioned above for travelers looking for a really special place to visit and enjoy a few days on true unspoiled beaches Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are the perfect choice!


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