MALPAIS Surfhouse, Surf Spot & Surfaris,
Surf Camps & Surf Schools |
Surf Accommodation |
Puntarenas | Malpais | Costa Rica.
This surfcamp nestles amidst the wilderness of the Nicoya Peninsula, west of San Jose in the state of Puntarenas. The area boasts some of the most beautiful, clean and uncrowded beaches with constant surf, warm water year-round and a very laid back atmosphere. The beaches of Mal Pais have some of the best surf spots in Costa Rica, offering a variety of world-class breaks with ideal conditions and water temperatures throughout the year. The Surfhouse provides daily transfer to the surf breaks but does not offer instruction except on private classes basis.
Very laid back atmosphere at this surfhouse, with mazing views over the surf breaks from the terrace and hammock sunset watching.
4 large bedrooms
2 shared bathrooms
Self catering kitchen
Roofed terrace with a giant chill-out corner.
The Surfcamp provides daily transfer to the surf breaks but does not offer instruction.
Santa Teresa - Mal Pais area on the Nicoya Peninsula has Costa Rica's most consistent breaks, with normal wave sizes ranging from two to six feet. Local small wave spots all have perfect surf for learning, with gentle, well formed waves, minimal currents and amazing scenery. Furthermore, the water is warm all year round, so you can learn in ideal conditions and leave your wetsuit at home !
The main surf beach, El Carmen, is between Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. It has a good set of sand bars that offer some nice lefts and slightly longer rights. The break is popular with longboarders and because it is a gentle beach break without heavy rip tides, this spot is also suitable for beginners. There are several other spots in the Manzillo-Santa Teresa-Mal Pais stretch of coast. In general, El Carmen, Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa are good with small swells, while, Los Suecos, Punta Barrigona and Manzanillo are at their best with bigger swells.
The PackagesWeek Surfcamp
590 USD with surfboard
530 USD without surfboard
7 Nights halfboard accommodation
Daily transfer to beaches
Transfers Mal Pais bus station
Rates are per person
Board rental: 50 USD/Week
Private surf lessons: 30 USD/hour (Max 3 persons per coach)
We recommend 2 weeks to make the most of your trip !
Malpais & The Nicoya Peninsula
The Surfcamp is located in Malpais on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific Coast. The southern part of the Peninsula is one of Costa Rica's most secluded gems. From the hilly interior the mountains sweep down to the Pacific Ocean, creating some of the most beautiful and solitary beaches of Costa Rica. The Gulf of Nicoya which separates the Nicoya Peninsula from the mainland of Costa Rica is a stunning marine and coastal landscape of wetlands, jagged rocky islands and cliffs, extensive mangrove habitat, and high biodiversity.
During the past few years Malpais has become a trendy new travel destination in Costa Rica, attracting surfers and beach lovers to its great waves, wide sandy beaches and dramatic sunsets. Formerly a small fishing village, Santa Teresa has grown rapidly, gaining a reputation as an unpretentious surf spot with a sociable surf community, which has attracted the international scene, many who have settled here, contributing to the variety of foods, hotels and lifestyles. On the beach itself, however, you still feel as if you are on a virgin tropical beach, because a broad strip of vegetation and forest hides the construction along the road from view.
The Nicoya Peninsula experiences two extremely different seasons: the dry season begins at the end of November and until May the sun drenches the land. The first rainfalls to relieve the dry season occur in May at the start of the rainy season. Rainfall increases during the following months to become very heavy from September to November, when the peninsula turns into a dripping lush rainforest.
6 Hours bus trip from San Jose.
San Jose Airport (SJO), 290 km. (Iberia, KLM, AA, Continental airlines). Warning !!! American airlines might refuse to check in your surfboards ...
San Jose - Malpais shuttle: 35 USD/pax one way
Shuttle service from San Jose Airport to Malpais Surfcamp
San Jose overnight + Malpais shuttle: 70 USD/pax
If you need to stay overnight in San Jose for late flight arrival: Overnight accomodation near the airport with breakfast and shuttle pick up at the hotel in the morning to Malpais Surfcamp
Other destinations in Costa Rica
PLAYA HERMOSA Surf Tours & Resort - Costa Rica
SANTA TERESA - MALPAIS Surf School & Lodge - Malpais
PLAYA GRANDE Surf Camp - Playa Grande
PUERTO VIEJO Surf Lodge & Accommodation - Talamanca
TAMARINDO Surf Camp - Tamarindo
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25 Sep 2008, 10:11
14 Sep 2008, 14:25
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