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7 Days Surf Camp Costa Rica in Santa Teresa & Malpais

  • Mal Pais Surf Camp, 61111 Malpais, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Surf Camp in Top Surf Spots

Enjoy surf on Costa Rica’s top surf destination! Malpais and Santa Teresa of Costa Rica boast various top surf spots, from challenging peak breaks and strong waves to easy going surf breaks for beginners. Along miles of fabulous beaches you can explore a new surf spot every day. Enjoy a quiet location on 10 acres of tropical landscaped gardens, backed by the lush jungle of Malpais.

Highlights

  • Surf lessons
  • Surf materials
  • Best surf spots
  • Use of surfboards
  • 6 nights' lodging
  • 3 daily meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be accommodated in the shared rancho or private cabina at Mal Pais Surf Camp. Just minutes away from the top surf spots of Santa Teresa and Malpais, Mal Pais Surf Camp sprawls over 10 acres of landscaped tropical gardens.

Mal Pais Surf Camp offers a great selection of cheap rooms, cabinas, and dorms at good value to fit all budgets. Live the true Costa Rican lifestyle in comfort. You’ll be stoked! It’s a great way to meet people while enjoying all amenities of the hotel.

Rancho

The ranchos look out into the garden, and have fans and a large safe box. They all share a spacious with well-equipped communal kitchen, and sleep up to 4 people.

Private cabina

The two cabinas with private bathroom are equipped with 1 double bed, 1 single bed, air conditioner, ceiling fan, and safe box. They share one kitchen which looks out into the garden and jungle.

Services and amenities

  • Poolside universal gym
  • Massage rancho
  • Pool and Ping-Pong table
  • Satellite TV and surf videos
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Book exchange
  • Laundry service

You will start surfing in Malpais, then go to Playa Carmen to surf the beach break, then further go to north in Playa Santa Teresa where you'll find a point break with more stronger waves. Still further north, you will find Playa Hermosa which is easy for beginners and Manzanillo with a reef break for the very experienced surfer.

If you want to learn how to surf, there is no better place to go than the Mal Pais Surf Camp. The team of surf instructors will teach you surf etiquette and the art of surfing in a fun way and you will meet fellow surfers in the hotel to exchange experiences while having a cold beer. Learning to surf is also big fun for the whole family. Group rates are also available upon request, please contact Mal Pais Surf Camp for more information.

This surf camp will take place in Malpais, Cost Rica, just minutes away from the top surf spots of Santa Teresa and Malpais.

Malpais

The small beach community of Malpais sits next to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Malpais is in tranquil and undisturbed surroundings. The beaches of Malpais are great scenic beauty with small coves, tide pools, and lonesome stretches of coastline. On its northern end, on Playa Carmen, Malpais joins the thriving surf town of Santa Teresa where you'll find some of the best surf beaches of Costa Rica.

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is just across the road intersection, around 200 meters from the Mal Pais Surf Camp. In Santa Teresa you will find banks, supermarkets, car, and ATV rentals along with a multitude of bars, restaurants, and surf shops. Santa Teresa has grown quickly in recent years and the buzzy lifestyle of the surf town is attractive.

This surf camp includes 3 daily meals (limited menu).

  • A visit to Cabo Blanco
  • ATV riding
  • Boat tours
  • Canopy tour
  • Dolphins, sea turtles and whales watching
  • Fishing tour
  • Hiking along the scenic coast
  • Horseback riding
  • Snorkeling or diving
  • Stand up paddling
  • 3 daily meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Surf lessons
  • Use of surfboards
  • 13% government taxes

Driving directions from San Jose International Airport (SJC)

  • Drive from San Jose International Airport (SJC) to Puntarenas (approximately 2 hours).
  • Then, board the car to ferry to Paquera (approximately 70 minutes).
  • Once in Paquera, drive for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to Malpais on a good to fair road with signs.
  • In Playa Carmen or Santa Teresa, turn left and continue for 200 meters until the Mal Pais Surf Camp entrance.

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight to San Jose International Airport (SJC). You can fly with one of Costa Rica’s national carriers, Sansa or Nature Air. From San Jose International Airport (SJC), fly directly to Tambor Airport (TMU) then take a taxi for the 40-minute ride to Malpais.

Mal Pais Surf Camp can pick you up at your hotel in San Jose or Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). The price for the transportation is 50 USD per person, or 95 USD for transportation and 1 night in a hotel near the airport.

In addition, you can drive from San Jose International Airport (SJC) to Puntarenas (approximately 2 hours) then board the car to ferry to Paquera (approximately 70 minutes). Once in Paquera, drive approximately 1 - 1.5 hours to Malpais on a good to fair road with signs. In Playa Carmen or Santa Teresa, turn left and continue for 200 meters until the Mal Pais Surf Camp entrance.

Arrival by bus

Adventurous and budget traveler can take the direct bus from San Jose to Malpais. The price is very reasonable but a bit hassle. The buses take 5.5 hours to Malpais and leave San Jose at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Mal Pais Surf Camp an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "This place is amazing. If you go to Costa Rica, you've got to stay at Malpais Surf Camp even if you don't surf. Great, big, and very clean cabinas. It's only a 5-minute walk to the beach or you can also enjoy the big pool. The people are great too!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "What a little nugget! Mal Pais Surf Camp is a small professionally run resort. Real fun surfing right in font of the place at all sizes. Super friendly people, great food, and clean pool. All the surfboards you need right here on premise. If you're in Mal Pais, be sure to check it out."

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "My significant other and I come back year after year. Love the surf camp and the folks that run it. Basic, clean accommodations (we stay at the cabina with 1 double bed and shared bathroom), great food, laid back vibe, and super relaxing. I can't imagine not coming back again and again."

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Malpais, Costa Rica

The Mal Pais Surf Camp is a full-service hotel in Malpais and Santa Teresa, known as one of Costa Rica’s top surf destinations with miles of fabulous beaches.

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