Mal Country Surf Camp: Ride the Waves in Paradise at Costa Rica's Best Surfing Beaches

Costa Rica ➝ Guanacaste ➝ Mal País

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  • English
  • Spanish

Nestled within the renowned surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa, the Costa Rican retreat spans 5 acres of lush tropical gardens. Accommodation options are diverse, including private poolside houses and villas for those seeking seclusion, as well as a budget-friendly surf hostel with dorms, cabinas, and hotel rooms.

For surf enthusiasts, the location is a gateway to Costa Rica's top surf destinations, with miles of fabulous beaches inviting exploration. The hotel offers a thrilling surfing experience with board rentals, lessons, and abundant information on the best surf spots in Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, and beyond. Beyond surfing, the hotel provides an array of activities, such as horseback riding, fishing, ATV rentals, boat trips, and various tours to local attractions, catering to a diverse range of interests.

There are different types of lodgins, guests can choose between staying in a hotel, a villa or a hostel.

Hotel amenities complement the vibrant surf culture and include a 17-meter freeform swimming pool, a universal gym, a massage rancho, ping pong, billiards, a book exchange, a kids' playground, and Wi-Fi. Established in 1990, the Malpais Surf Camp has become a cherished hub for the local and visiting surf community, embodying the laid-back spirit and good vibes of surf culture. Whether catering to single travelers, families, couples, or groups of friends, the Malpais Surf Camp provides a friendly and relaxing haven amidst 5 acres of tropical landscapes, offering a tranquil escape backed by the lush jungle of Malpais. Visitors can unwind in hammocks under palm trees in the breezy garden or by the pool, all while observing the local wildlife, including monkeys, iguanas, parrots, and various birds. Conveniently located just 300 meters from the road intersection of Santa Teresa/Malpais, the hotel ensures easy access to banks, car and ATV rentals, pharmacies, souvenir shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and bars, providing a holistic and immersive experience for those seeking both surf and relaxation.

Each villa will have different ammenities, but all of them are spacious living areas and bedrooms. Villas can host from 2 to 10 visitors comfortably, with hot water and more. 

For those looking into a budget accomodation, in the more classical free surfer kind of way, the hsotel is a great option, as it offers a great selection of cheap rooms, cabinas and dorms at good value to fit all budgets.


  • Poolside universal gym
  • Massage rancho
  • Pool and pingpong table
  • Free WiFi
  • Book exchange
  • Laundry service
  • Surf lessons and board rentals
  • Tours and activities.