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Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort

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Lista de Correo, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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california
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The entire property is well cared for and lushly tropical. Common area has ping pong, pool tables, bar, and seating areas. Its a surf camp, ie rustic, but for our 6 teenage surf rats who stayed in their open sided ranchos, it was just great. Within walking distance are 3 surf spots, and more with a short drive. Very casual,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

My wife and I honeymooned here for 5 days and it was honestly the best experience we've ever had! The staff was always friendly and willing to assist in any way needed. It is perfectly located just a few minutes from the coast, shopping areas, adventure tours, etc. We took surf lessons from Ricardo who spent 2.5 hours with us,... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Two adults and three kids (ages 9, 12, and 12) for a couple of days. Loved that it is close enough to Santa Teresa for a short drive or longer walk, but far enough away to feel a slower, less crowded pace of life. It was great for the kids, a had some great surfing. Beaches are a short walk... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We stayed at the camp for three weeks and loved every minute of it! We started out in one of the rancheros with a bunch of friends then moved to one of the cabinas closer to the front. Be sure to get one of the cabinas on the OPPOSITE side of the bathroom because it gets a little stinky. As... More 

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Jaco, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Best people in the country. Super generous with the Pura Vida Love. Miles of Smiles with everything anyone could ever ask for in a true CR adventure. They know all the great places, activities, food and fun and know how to share it.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I spent 2 and a half weeks at the surf camp, and it was incredible. We had a 4 person private rancho. When we booked it I was a little worried about the 3 walls, but it was so, so wonderful. I fell asleep under the stars, and woke up with humming birds in front of my bed. The grounds,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

TripAdvisor hides this place under specialty lodging; was not listed when I looked under hotels. Luckily I discovered it via the sign on the street. I pre-paid at Blue Jay Lounge. Mal Pais Surf Camp, just up the street, became my adopted home base. You can rent boards there, pick them up at any hour (key if you like a... More 

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Cranford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Although my husband and I did not stay here, we spoke to the owner, Doug, who allowed us to use his outdoor weightlifting equipment. We explore the spacious grounds, which are lovely with a great pool. They had a restaurant in the middle of the grounds that is a great place to relax and meet people. It has a bar... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We arrived here after emailing loads of places - we were so lucky that Douglas has some space for us...... We stayed in the rancho style accommodation - open air beds with just netting sides for walls - but don't let this put you off - it's great!!!! Really comfy bed and brilliant high security lockable bins for all you... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I have never surfed before this is a new experience for me but I came to Mal Pais surf camp. I'm on my third day and I'm blown away by the experience. We're staying in the house it's the nicest of all the Accommodation. Doug and his team is doing a phenomenal job and I feel like I'm right at... More 

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