Definitely rent an ATV while in the area----the only way to get around and also for day trips to Cabuya and Montezuma---we rented from Quad Rental in Playa Carmen close to the crossroads----$130 for 2 days (48 hrs) plus taxes and credit card charges---also good for going to restaurants at night without walking the dusty roads.....wear goggles at...more
Known by both names Secret Beach (Playa Secreto) and Swiss Beach, located past the fishing bay up the road past Sunset Lodge (closed)---get to the gate and park then walk to the beach from there....great place to get naked if you want---very private and gorgeous with palm trees and great views...more
This is an old hotel location that is literally falling apart---walk around the fishing village til you see the gate for the Sunset Lodge---go around the gate and walk around this weird decrepit hotel from 10 years ago---could be haunted but it does give a haunting view of Secret Beach, reached by the road going past the locked gate but only ATV or...more
These guys provide a great outdoor experience zipping through the tops of the trees safely in a harness seeing the jungle from the bird's eye view---lovely area right on the edge of the Cabo Blanco National Refuge. They have tours at 9am, 11am, and 3pm cost is $40 per personclose to the end of the road from the crossroadsmore
We were lucky enough to have a great place right on Mal Pais beach and often enough, Howlers would come through the tops of our trees----a really cool experience. There were a couple of times we saw them hanging out in trees right next to the road, so anyone can see these magnificent animals when visiting the area...8am and 4 pm were good times to...more
Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Good for: Business
Vista de Olas is above in the hills overlooking Mal Pais and has 5 separate villas for rent, each...more
Moana Lodge is perched up in the hills overlooking the MalPais beach a little south of the...more
Open from 7am til 2am, Artemis serves breakfast all day if you want, but also has DJs at night, is fully wifi, has great coffee, and more. Located right at the Crossroads shops and close to all the action of Playa Carmen....dinner served til 11pm. breakfast and coffeemore
We got pizza to go and also had a great dinner at the restaurant---veggie pizza (mushrooms, spinach, peppers, and more with extra cheese to go), and another night we had fish and chicken tacos---incredible flavor and presentation.....pool tables for entertainment while you wait and good music--(Bjork while we were there) great desserts too!Down the...more
The Bakery is very close to the Crossroads and is a great place for lunch--it has air conditioning and great frozen ice tea plus sandwiches, soups, pasta and more at little tables amongst the surfers, web and oceanwise. Good coffee and fresh sweet baked goods as well as breads and baggettes. We also got some organic ground coffee here, too for...more
This is a pretty cool place i recommend you check out...the bar is actually a grass hut about 50 yards from the ocean.....have something going on almost everynight but monday.....yoga classes during the day....volleyball court.....they have pretty cool shows at night too..fire dancing etc...drinks are reasonable...a beer is about 1 us and a rum and...more
48 Reviews and Opinions
We took Nature Air from the capitol San Jose to the coastal city of Tambor which has a small airfield, to get to our house in Mal Pais, another 45 minute taxi ride from Tambor. Nature Air has a website where we booked our flight, and even though they changed the times a couple of times, all in all it was an easy, good experience. The planes are...more
The best way to get around Mal Pais is just to walk, nothing is far, but if it is a bit further along the road, hitching will work fine too.And if really tarveling to other places, a bus or cab is the way to get around.And if you want to come here with your own transportation, make sure it is a 4WD, otherwise you could get into lot's of trouble.more
Do not rent boards here. I was totally taken advantage of when returning 3 surfboards last week. They added on charges at every turn when I brought the boards back.All the boards were fine, yet one had about a 1/2" chip in it. They wanted $50.00 US to repair it. When I questioned why so much, he said it would now be $80.00.They then charged me...more
Well you are in the tropics, and there is malaria present. I didn't take any medication for it, but that was my own choice, I just tried to avoid the little buggers, and I succeeded.But reppellent is a good thing to bring, even though the mozzies here aren't as bad as in other parts in Central America.more
Luggage and bags:
Nothing will treat you better than a good quality hiking back pack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Flip flops are a must...bring a pair of shoes or hiking boots if your gonna wonder off to the jungle
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: disinfectant spray, band aids, sun block....its gets HOT
Photo Equipment: if you want to be taking surf pics i highly recommend a tripod...i failed to bring one and you can tell by my pics....if you have a 300mm lense take it....dooo it!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: tent....lantern(it gets dark early)...no sleeping bag much to warm..cook stove...if you are gonna be camping that is...a towel if you want although you dry off very quickly.....frisbie...hackysack..SURF BOARD!!!
Miscellaneous: PAPER AND A PEN
We rented an ATV for 2 days ($130) and wanted to visit Cabuya on the other side of the peninsula. We figured out the right road to take and off we went----Mainly we wanted to visit the Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary, which we had seen a Youtube video about...Mary keeps animals that are hurt or orphaned until they can be re-released into the jungle...more
There is a small surf shop in the middle of Santa Teresa’s on the corner just down from the grocery store called Sh_t Hole Surf Shop. It si a little hard to find but when you do, just drop in it is a nice place that rents surfboards and gives surf lessons. There is a good looking American kid inside that lives in Santa Teresa and he knows all the...more
Surfing...where do i start...im no master by any means...although it does everything for me...laid back and enjoying the natural world...if your in mal pais or anywhere you got to try it!! There are quite a few places in mal pais to rent boards but only 4 that i can think of that sell them...Andy and Erin at the main surf shop as you walk down to...more
For surfing and bodyboarding, Mal Pais is a great place, with waves year round, but the big ones coming during summer. There are a few spots btween the Mal Pais, playa st Teresa stretch of beach.We boarded in Mal Pais a left reef, which is shallow, hollow and fast, so be sure you can ride this kinda wave, and the beach break in front of Frank's...more
When you are in Mal Pais, you can't but notice the beauty of it's surroundings.
When getting there during the summer, it is deserted, not much to do but relax, and that is something many can use.