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  • Surfer-friendly site 100 metres away from Mal País beach
  • Close to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
  • Outdoor pool set among 10 acres of landscaped tropical gardens

Everybody go surfing – for sure. You'll only have to tuck your board under your arm for a 100-metre stroll to reach the waves from Mal Pais Surf Camp, in one of the top surfing destinations in Costa Rica.

This surfer-friendly site is in the south-western corner of Península de Nicoya, 10 minutes' drive from the lively Puntarenas Province seaside town and surf setting of Santa Teresa. The stunning beaches and tiptop waves see surfers descend on this region all year round, and other outdoor activities are within easy driving distance, from snorkelling around Tortuga Island to horseback trails to the waterfalls in Montezuma. (And if you're new to balancing on a board? A surf school is also 100 metres away and you can book lessons – and hire boards – right on site.)

You'll have first-rate facilities at your disposal back at base, along with 10 acres of landscaped tropical grounds to wander, lounge around and bunk down in among a lush forest setting. There's a fine big outdoor pool for lazy dips, beside an outdoor gym if you're feeling a tad more energetic, and a book exchange, satellite TV and surf films if you're up for nothing more than idling about.

The site restaurant serves continental breakfasts, tico beans and rice, pancakes, fruits and muesli; snacks like burgers and wraps at lunchtime; and local specialities and vegetarian dishes for dinner. The bar serves fresh fruit and vegetable juices, sodas, cocktails and beers.

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Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade

TV room




Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Local produce

Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year



Gastronomic delight


Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

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Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby


Large (51-200 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby


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  • Carmen, Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 0000000
  • Timezone America/Costa_Rica Central Standard Time (GMT-06:00)   GPS 9.6235°N 85.1464°W


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Local attractions

Surfing and surf lessons are available 100 metres away, and the surf camp is also within easy reach of the top surf spots of Santa Teresa and Mal País, as well as the small coves and tidal pools along this stretch of coastline.

Take a wander around Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve – Costa Rica's first protected parkland – to spy brown pelicans, ospreys and Costa Rica's largest community of brown boobies. You can also spot land-and tree-based species white-tailed deer, armadillos, anteaters and howler monkeys around the reserve's woodland.

From the main beach within Curu Wildlife Reserve an hour's drive away, take a 10-minute boat ride to Tortuga Island, a popular spot for snorkelling. Or book a horseback hack along the beach or a quad bike tour up to the falls of Montezuma, a beach town in a land of waterfalls and pools.


  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Mal Pais Surf Camp have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Mal Pais Surf Camp dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Mal Pais Surf Camp? Surfing and surf lessons are available 100 metres away, and the surf camp is also within easy reach of the top surf spots of Santa Teresa and Mal País, as well as … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Mal Pais Surf Camp?
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    Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

Firearms are not permitted.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Open fires are prohibited.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 9 a.m..