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Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort

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Lista de Correo, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
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Rutherfordton, North Carolina
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9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove into Mal Pais Surf Camp from Montezuma. My boyfriend was in surf heaven. The whole set up was super cool and laid back. We planned on renting a cabina until we realized it had bunk beds and we had brought all of our camping gear anyways so we decided to camp. It was cheaper and the camping area... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Stayed here for 4 nights over the New Years holiday. Coming from San Jose, we took a taxi to the ferry in the city of Puntarenas (about a 1.5 hour ride). The ferry leaves a few times a day (I believe once every 2-3 hours or so) and we were able to catch the 11am ferry. The ferry ride can... More 

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San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I pulled into town January 1, 2016, the busiest day of the year for the area, looking for a hotel room, at any price. Doug, a former boat captain from Cocoa Beach, Florida, and now the proprietor of the surf lodge since 1996, took one look at me, recognized how desperate I was, and then, instead of opting to gouge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Nice place. Clean, friendly, professional. We loved it. Travelling with 3 kids (10,12 and 15). Good restaurant. Couple of minutes walk from the beach. We rented a pool villa just next to the pool. Good vibes and seems many guests are there for a very long time...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Surf Camp was a good home base for us while traveling around Santa Teresa, Montezuma, ect. This is a perfect place to stay long or short term. It has everything you need! The cabinas are very private and make you feel like you are alone at the resort. However, the common areas are welcoming and a nice place to chat... More 

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Thank Allix M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

I stayed in one of the dorms here and loved it. Definitely my favourite spot in Costa Rica. The resort is very chill with many great people (a few of the guys stay there for 6 or 7 months every winter). The place was only a 5 minute walk from the beach, so most of my days consisted of surfing... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We were a group of at least 30 people celebrating our children´s graduation from 6th grade - most of us camping, some stayed in the cabins. We had a wonderful time, Doug and his staff made our stay very pleasant.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Our stay at the surf camp was really nice and we loved the service and the experience ! I loved the wake-up call by howler monkeys too ! The place was clean and simple, the kitchen is OK. The only complaint will be the prices on the website are not up to date, given that you pay in Colons and... More 

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Belize Cayes, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

I loved the shared, open-air cabins. Slept so well. Lockers are huge, but you have to share if the room is full. Shared kitchen for cooking is great as is the bar/resto. I loved the surf coaches and the atmosphere of people with common interests. Highly recommend it!

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california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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