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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014
We ( 2 adults and 2 daughters aged 13 and 11 years) had a truly amazing time at our stay here; away from it all with all the facilities and comforts of a very beautiful house...
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014
It is a bit of a drive from San Jose to Puntareanas to catch the Ferry, then from the Paquera (where the ferry docks) to the house, but well worth it. Unbelievable! This is not...
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014
Not only is the view the best around but the house and accommodations were top notch as well! The infinity pool was one of my favorite places to watch sunset and have a few drinks...
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014
The house sits atop a hill offering the most beautiful view of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa beaches. Sunsets are breathtaking! We enjoyed them from the infinity pool :) House has...
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014
Overall, the treehouse was a unique experience and we enjoyed our stay there and in Mal Pais; however, there are a few things that are important to know if you plan on staying...
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014
I cannot wait to go back! Yes, it is a tree house! But, with a full kitchen, comfy bed, hot shower, and lovely porch where the monkeys were checking me out. The beach is just...
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014
Simply put, everything that we hoped for... Serenity. Beautiful and secluded beach. Comfort and style :) the house as you can see very well in the pictures is...
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013
This house was just what we needed. My wife and I brought our son along and the house itself was entertaining enough. Not giant or overdone, just perfect and quirky in a great...
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014
this house is on an extremely steep hill and accessed by an extremely unkept dirt path-to call it a driveway would be exaggerating. Even though we had a four wheel drive vehicle...
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013
No doubt, the views of the coast are amazing from this perch on the hill. It, like MalPais, is off the beaten track and those who make the effort are justly rewarded. The...
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013
My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary at Casa Almendro and loved every minute of our week! This place is fantastic! The structure is quite unique; all wood-slatted...
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012
After our 3rd trip to Casa Almendro, we are officially in love with this place! Privacy, great location, breathtaking views, and all the ammenities you need for a truly wonderful...
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014
I wanted to plan a retreat for my friends - something unique and special. We finally settled on Costa Rica and then found Casa Blanca. The owners were incredibly helpful with...
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014
When you book a holiday, you always wonder what you’ll get. We got it and so much more! My girlfriends and I planned a yoga/massage retreat. The folks at Casa Blanca catered...
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Mal Pais Vacation Rentals

Near the southernmost tip of Peninsula de Nicoya, Mal Pais offers rocky coves, white sand beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, surfing, and relaxation near a remote fishing village and Cabo Blanco National Park. The prime attraction is surfing at beaches like Playa Mar Azul, Playa Santa Teresa, Playa Manzanillo, and Playa Carmen. Plus there is fishing, boating, snorkeling, diving, hiking, horseback riding, biking, and 4-wheel drive touring. A Mal Pais vacation rental villa, house, or casita offers lushly landscaped privacy amongst toucans, parrots, howler monkeys, and colorful butterflies. Something hard to come by in a luxury hotel room, whatever the price.

San Jose to Mal Pais

A 4-wheel drive vehicle comes in handy for navigating unpaved roads in this still mostly wild area, particularly during the rainy season. Though locals zip around on quad bikes and motorcycles transporting their surfboards. Allow the better part of a day driving from San Jose Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to your money-saving Mal Pais vacation rental. Budget extra time to board the car ferry from Puntarenas across the Golfo de Nicoya to Paquera on the Peninsula de Nicoya. Or take the short flight from San Jose to Tambor Airport (TMU), and be within an hour of Mal Pais. On arrival, be glad you chose a money-saving Mal Pais vacation rental surrounded by fruit trees and colorful tropical blooms rather than an expensive luxury hotel room.

Beaches & Surfing

Some Mal Pais beaches have little sand, and judging point break direction and swell size requires surfing acumen. A Mal Pais surf camp may be perfect for family members wanting to learn to read the surf better. Santa Teresa’s beaches have more white sand, and point breaks like Suck Rock are almost legendary among surfers flocking here when the seas around Playa Carmen get too rough. Playa Carmen has enough variety to accommodate all levels of surfers, but the swells can get too rough and too frequent to get out during the rainy season. A bit to the north, with waters calmed by a rock jetty, Playa Manzanillo is known for its annual sand castle competition.

Fish & Food

Pick up some produce at Playa Carmen’s Saturday afternoon organic market to go with the fresh fish when you return to your money-saving Mal Pais vacation rental. Sailfish jumping out of the water are most abundant December through May, and catch and release helps preserve billfish populations. Good dinner fish catches to bring back to your vacation rental kitchen or have cooked up locally include yellowfin, skipjack, and big-eye tunas, Spanish mackerel, Mahi-Mahi (dorado), Wahoo, and snook.