Explore Mal Pais
Located on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Mal Pais/Santa Teresa is a very small community scattered along the pale, gold beaches with a beautiful backdrop of green vegetation.
This area is ideal for surfers looking for a remote surfing experience with no nightlife, just good, consistent waves and a great atmosphere. Local activities include surfing,
diving, hiking, horseback… but there are very few services available as a whole. This is what it means to get away from it all.
Great place for an all day trip, where you can visit the rose petal and dreadlocks hangout, as well as the gorgeous and numerous waterfalls. See the Montezuma section
for more details.
Drinks and music in the evenings for those who still have the energy to be out (as most are in bed early preparing for the morning surf!)
There is an incredible canopy tour out of Mal Pais; 6 hours for only $60 per person. There is also great surfing and horseback riding.
Very popular for breakfast in this open air restaurant, but also serving lunch and dinner with a varied menu.
Hotel Flor Blanca
Poolside restaurant at the Flor Blanca offering the finest gourmet food in Mal Pais. Obviously a little expensive, but worth the money for a nice meal.
Hotel Tropico Latino
Casual poolside dining offering a variety of international dishes at an affordable price. Portions are generous and the food is excellent.
A favorite among locals, who return to taste the creative dishes at the crowded restaurant. Fresh fish is the specialty and prices are low to mid range.
Soda Piedra del Mar
A hidden local gem with very affordable dishes and large portions.
La Bella Napoli
Excellent homemade Italian food.
Excellent fresh smoothies.
Places to Avoid
Avoid driving to Mal Pais, or leave from Mal Pais in the evening. The road traveling in is in bad condition, and bad enough when you can see where you
are going. Also, be sure to plan your departure or arrival taking into consideration the ferry times.