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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Mal Pais, Costa Rica your home away from home

Anyone with half an eye can see that this coastal portion of Costa Rica that borders the Pacific Ocean does little to earn its name. Mal Pais, for those who don?t understand Spanish, means ?bad land?. On surveying the miles of soft white sand and the lush greenery surrounding them, visitors will wonder just how anyone could foist such an inappropriate name on the place. But the name owes its origin to the agricultural roots of the area. Whenever summer came around and dried up the seasonal rivers, frustrated farmers concluded that the land was against them. However, few are complaining now with Mal Pais? rise as a tourist hotspot showing no signs of slowing. Apart from the delicious waves it offers surfers this laid back locale has plenty for tourists to see and do. In terms of accommodation visitors can expect to be housed in hilltop villas with mind blowing views and lovely beach houses.

Things to do on holiday to Mal Pais, Costa Rica

Surfing is what led to this area?s transformation into a tourist resort so it can be expected that a good portion of its visitors are driven there by this sport. But those who can?t tell one side of a surf board from the other need not worry. There are a number of surfing camps nearby from which they can get friendly instructors to safely guide them into riding their first waves.

Other than being a surfers? paradise, Mal Pais is recognised as having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And the fact that the place is still rather remote and underdeveloped means that visitors can expect a measure of seclusion and tranquillity.

The waters off Mal Pais are also ideal for snorkelling and other water sports.

Places to visit on holiday to Mal Pais, Costa Rica

Nature lovers will be thrilled to know they have a whole park to explore in the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve. This protected 2,896 acres of land on the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is choke-full of diverse plant species. As visitors hike along the 4.5km trail, they will encounter monkeys and tree species such as lancewood and bastard cedar. The trail leads to a patch of beach where tourists can cool their heels. To see more animals, wildlife lovers will want to head to the nearby Curu Wildlife Refuge. Here they will find anteaters, coyotes, armadillos as well as over 200 bird species.

Weather in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

This area boasts marvellous warm weather throughout the year with temperatures hovering between 25 and 33°C virtually every month of the year. September and October are the rainiest months on the Mal Pais calendar with averages of 150mm being recorded in the former month.

Travel to Mal Pais, Costa Rica

To access this slice of heaven on earth, visitors need to fly to the Juan Santamaria International Airport. This facility serves some USA cities such as Los Angeles and Miami as well as a few other cities on the American continent such as Panama City, Mexico City and San Salvador. From here visitors can journey on to Mal Pais by taxi or in a rental vehicle both of which are available at the airport.

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A beautiful quiet bungalow on a hilltop with two ocean views. Stunning, very private, safe (gated

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A beautiful quiet bungalow on a hilltop with two ocean views. Stunning, very private, safe (gated community) only 10 min drive down to the beaches and restaurants. The slat design allows for excellent air circulation and even despite being there in the hot season, it was good sleeping at night. A 4x4 with a/c is essential as the road is rough (and very dusty). Town is well stocked with good groceries, surfing supplies, restaurants (try Product C and Mary's for good seafood). Would go back in a heartbeat. Host could have reached out with directions and information about the house - I had to email him and then he directed me to another person. Otherwise, perfect.
  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017