Mal Pais

Mal Pais

Mal Pais is an offbeat, beach side village located on the southern most tip of the Nicoya Peninsula near Playa Carmen and Santa Teresa. The village is famous for it’s laid back surfer – rasta – hippie vibe. There is always something to do or a small party to be found in the quaint town along the main drive of ocean front road, which is surounded by a hillside lined with small surfer hotels and bungalows. The beach at Mal Pais offers travelers excellent surfing right in front of the town center.

Located on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, Mal Pais offers a relatively dry climate. From December through April, one can expect temperatures to reach a high in the low to mid 90’s and a low in the 70’s with very little rainfall. From May through November, one can expect temperatures to reach a high in the upper 80’s and a low in the 70’s with more prevelent rainfall. The rainfall during this time of the year is generally limited to late afternoons and early evenings (though it can rain at any given time).

Mal Pais Tours are available for adventurers, nature lovers or those that just want to relax and let the captain do the sailing. One can experience everything from rain forest waterfalls to canopy exploration to Dolphin and Whale watching before watching a magnificent Pacific sunset from one of the many pristine beaches in this surfers paradise.

There are plenty of options available for Mal Pais hotels. This diverse beach town offers everything from standard hotels for the adventurer on the go to bed and breakfasts.

Entertainment is plentiful in Mal Pais. The following is a small percentage of the local businesses and activities that we recommend:


  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Diving


  • Pizza Carmen
  • Soda La Yunta
  • Brisa del Mar – Seafood

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