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Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Relaxed atmosphere and fresh food”
Reviewed January 4, 2008

I stayed at the Surf Camp with 4 friends in one of the awesome villas. Our villa was comfortable and cool, my favourite part being a huge drying room next to the bathroom for hanging our wetsuits and bathing suits, and leaning our boards up to dry. They've got a wide variety of accommodation for everyone's budgets and needs: Everything from fully equipped poolside houses to basic camping sites. The restaurant is delicious- they serve hearty, fresh food, and the specials change daily. I love the banana shakes! I'm planning a trip back there for this February, and can't wait to take more surfing lessons, and relax by the pool again. Friday and Saturday nights get a little loud with the music and the mechanical bull competions, but the rest of the week is pretty chill.

  • Liked — Friendly staff, fresh food, constructive surfing lessons and chill atmosphere
  • Disliked — The noise from the late-night partiers
  • Stayed February 2006, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2007

Mal Pais surf camp offers good value. Three of us split a "rancho" that sleeps 5 with a shared bathroom. It was $15 a night each. We had to pay for meals and surfboard rental. We found out about this place in the "Lonely Planet". They offer a wide variety of accomondations. Rooms, ranchos, camping, condo. There is a pool, bar and restaurant on the grounds as well as surf board rentals. It's about a ten minute walk from the hamlet of Franks Place. It's a sleepy little surf town. For nightlife, the different hotels take turns hosting a disco night. Mal Pais is worth visiting and it is a matter of time before the high rises move in. It is not the easiest place to get to. The surfing is intermediate and not the best place for beginners. A lot of solo travelers were doing the surf camp deal. If you don't mind sharing a rancho with others for $50 a day you get a bed, three meals, and a surf board rental. The staff is friendly and they offer surf lessons. The food is good and averages about $10 a meal. They also play surf videos at the bar. It's clean and suited for active travelers. The beach is an easly ten minute walk down an easy trail. This place is suited for active travelers. We were in Costa Rica the first two weeks in December just before the high season. Prices then go up.

  • Liked — Clean and spacious
  • Disliked — shared bathroom
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2007

Myself, my husband and our 2 sons just returned from a great family vacation in Mal Pais! I was surprised to see that Surf Camp wasn't listed in this forum, so I decided to write the first review. We had a great time and Mal Pais Surf Camp was so perfect for us. It is not just a surf camp but a hotel with a nice variety of rooms and little houses to rent. Our sons couldn't get enough surfing in. Especially after lessons with Ross. My husband and I had fun relaxing by the pool, watching the boys surf, and exploring. The restaurant was the perfect meeting place at the end of the day for dinner. We all had a great time and will return as soon as possible!

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Additional Information about Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort

Property: Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort
Address: Lista de Correo, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Mal Pais
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Mal Pais Surf Camp Hotel Mal Pais
Mal Pais Surf Camp And Resort
Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort Costa Rica

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