Mal Pais and Santa Teresa have become a popular tourist destination for a beach vacation in Costa Rica. Due to the world-class surf on its white sand beaches Santa Teresa has evolved into a booming surf village, while Mal Pais, with its rocky coastline, is still a quiet hamlet ensconced in the jungle, on the footsteps of the Cabo Blanco nature reserve.
Activities in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais
Surfing is the top draw for most tourists in the area, but for a change from surfing there is a range of other activities on offer. On the edge of the Cabo Blanco nature reserve you can zip trough the treetops on the Mal Pais canopy tour, or you can embark on a sailing tour from the small port of Mal Pais, which is also the starting point for a fishing tour on a panga boat. The backlands of Cabo Blanco are best explored on a horse tour, or rent a quad and venture out to discover the countryside and lonely beaches around Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. For body and mind there is a full menu of yoga classes offered at different times and locations in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais.
The beaches of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are among the top rated beaches of Costa Rica. Stroll along miles of scenic coastline, search for shells and other beach treasures, and find tide pools where you can soak in the sun-warmed water, or swim and snorkel.
A vacation in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa can be as active or as restful as you like. If you crave relaxation you can also while away the day lolling on the beach, and nap to the sound of the surf crashing. You should open your eyes however when the sun sets and the red ball slips behind the Pacific ocean with the sky shifting through a palette of pink and orange.
Restaurants and Night Venues
A large choice of dining options is available in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, from budget local fare to a romantic dinner in a gourmet restaurant on the beach. The cooking styles reflect the multi-cultural composition of the beach villages whose barefoot lifestyle makes fancy dressing optional.
For night entertainment you find live music sessions in small bars and restaurants, as well as funky DJ-driven beach lounges and discotheques.