Mal Pais and Santa Teresa
Malpais is situated on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula. Also known as the Hawaii of Latin America, there are several beaches to swim, dive or snorkel through its the main attraction is its unique conditions for surfing and it’s pristine subtropical nature. Horseback riding, sport fishing, canopy tours, scuba, and nature tours make up some of the other popular activities nearby. Malpais is a community unlike any other in Costa Rica with strong surf culture and a laid-back atmosphere that maintains the type of earthy tourism that made Costa Rica famous.
Santa Teresa extends for approximately 6 km. It has grown quite quickly in the last few years with people coming from all corners of the world, some settled and transformed this little fishing village into one of Costa Rica’s trendiest destinations. With waves for the beginner to the fearless pro, waves are available for all, year-round.
In the past, there was a huge cattle farm, which in time got subdivided between locals, and then eventually was sold to foreigners seeking a place in Paradise. Today in Santa Teresa you will find many restaurants, places to stay to accommodate all budgets, horseriding, volleyball, beach soccer, canopy or even ultralight flying are but a few or it’s diverse activities, whether you want to surf or just relax this is one of the Pacific’s greatest spots.
Malpais and Santa Teresa have many hotels and accommodations that range from beach hammocks to cabinets, to four-star luxury hotels. In this beautiful and tranquil beach community of Costa Rica, there is something for everybody. Cabo Blanco The Cabo Blanco National Park is located 3 Km south, a paradise for tourists, students of biology and ecology. Its name derives from the Chorotega Indians who inhabited the area, they discovered a very smooth stone with which they could draw, “mah pah” was the name they called it, hence the name according to one version. MalPais boasts a great selection of places to stay and eat from camping on the beach to luxurious resorts and a wide range of activities. Without a doubt, it’s a very attractive place to relax and enjoy the golden rays of the Pacific sunset.