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“Large landscaped grounds” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort

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Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort
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60 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Large landscaped grounds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

We had a great time here, clean, easy going (honor system for drinks and boards) food was okay. Very close to beach, quiet at night with howler monkeys and squirrels and iguanas all around. The pool is big, the outdoor shower cool and nice people to talk to. Close, that is, walking distance to the strip with the restaurants and bars. We will be back for the all hard wooden houses!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

This place is amazing. If you go to Costa Rica, you've got to stay at Malpais Surf Camp...even if you don't surf! Great, big and very clean cabinas. 5 minutes walk to the beach or you can also enjoy the big pool. The people are great too!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

My s/o and I come back year after year. LOVE the surf camp and the folks that run it. Basic, clean accomodations(we do the cabina with 1 double bed and shared bathroom)great food, laid back vibe and super relaxing.

I can't imagine not coming back again and again

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kerry R
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Pollock Pines, California
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Very well designed resort surrounded with tropical garden. Welcoming, friendly, and helpful staff. Great atmosphere! Varieties of luxury and budget types of accommodation. Great cafe, swimming pool, children playground, pool table, rest area with "library corner" for those who are interested. Nice ranch with open-air cabins, convenient sinks for doing some laundry which is great for surfers, soap in showers.There is a tent camping area on a grass meadow with trees and some birds in the trees.
This is the best place to be in neighborhood besides the beach. Roads in the city are dusty. Mal Pais- Santa Teresa beach is great for surfing but not so good for swimming.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

The cabinas are great, with ample room for 6 people. It is clean and located a step away from the beach. The staff is very laid back and eager to help. The food was great although we went out for dinner most nights. The waves were the strongest I've ever seen and the beach was great.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

In January 2013 we brought 20+ of our friends/family for our pre-wedding get together at the Surf Camp. We had come to the Camp five years earlier and tried to stay here, but hadn't reserved and they were full. We didn't forget this place and when we decided to get married in Costa Rica, knew right away this would be the place for everyone to spend six nights before heading down the road for our wedding.

We liked how they offered a wide range of accommodation and that worked well for our large group with differing budgets. We stayed in a room with the shared outdoor kitchen (one has been upgraded with A/C and that is the one we recommend you book). We enjoyed it very much. The luxury rooms are incredible - very nice and the name says it all, they are luxurious and we recommend them. The budget $35 rooms were decent and a very good value and would work best for backpackers. They are small and a bit dark, but you really can't beat the price. We didn't see the open air ranchos but heard from other travelers they were enjoying them.

The housekeeping was exceptional and they impressed us with their daily visits. The front-end staff were VERY nice and personable - they made us feel right at home in a way not many other places have. They even took my husband out with them on one of their personal surf trips. We all felt well taken care of and would go back in a heart beat. The grounds are lovely - the pool is huge and refreshing (you haven't seen a pool like this at any resort) and monkeys, iguanas and birds roam the beautiful grounds daily. The food was delicious and we ate here almost every meal. It's the little things they did for us that matter most - they knew all of our names right away which was very impressive, and when we were heading out they wrote a personal note congratulating us on our upcoming wedding on their chalkboard. These things we will never forget. Thank you for an incredible experience.

We will be back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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South Jordan, Utah
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

If you are looking to surf, relax, and get off the beaten path then the Mal Pais surf camp is for you. Beautiful grounds with a great pool (especially for kids), great food, and fantastic staff. We extended our stay twice during our trip with our two kids (2 and 6) at the camp because the staff made us feel right at home. We stayed in a rancho and made some fantastic life long memories. We always felt safe and at home.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jacob S
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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 And Resort
Mal Pais Surf Camp Hotel Mal Pais
Mal Pais Surf Camp & Resort Costa Rica

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