Mal Pais - Santa Teresa
Mal Pais is situated on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula. Also known as the Hawaii of Latin America, there are several beaches to swim, dive or snorkel though it's main attraction is it's unique conditions for surfing and it's pristine subtropical nature. Horseback riding, sportfishing, canopy tours, scuba, and nature tours make up some of the other popular activities nearby. Mal Pais is a community unlike any other in Costa Rica with a strong surf culture and a the laid-back atmosphere that maintains the type of earthy tourism that made Costa Rica famous.
How to get to Hotel Casa Cecilia
If you are going to drive yourself, we recommend renting a car with four-wheel drive, especially in the green season. The roads in Costa Rica can be challenging. Also be prepared for an amazing lack of signage to help you along the way!From San Jose (and points south, Jaco, Quepos, Pavones, etc.)
You will drive northwest along the Interamericana Highway about two hours until you come to the port town of Puntarenas. While the ferry generally runs every two hours, the schedule is subject to change without notice. We highly recommend that you contact Naviera Tambor (2661-2084) for exact ferry times. After the 1.5 hour scenic ferry ride, you arrive in Paquera. From there you will drive west on Road 160 through Tambor and Cobano, then follow the signs to Mal Pais/Santa Teresa. In the crossroads of town (Franks Place) you will turn right. Drive into Playa Santa Teresa (approximately 4kms. from the crossroads) until you come to Hotel Casa Cecilia. Turn left. This is about a five-hour trip, not including any wait for the ferry.From Liberia (and points north, Nosara, Tamarindo, Flamingo)
You will drive south towards Guardia, then continue to Santa Cruz, Nicoya, towards Carmona, Jicaral, Lepanto, then Playa Naranjo. You will continue along the same road through Paquera, Tambor, then Cobano. Follow the signs to Mal Pais/Santa Teresa. In the crossroads of town (Franks Place) you will turn right. Drive into Playa Santa Teresa (approximately 4kms. from the crossroads) until you come to Hotel Casa Cecilia. Turn left. This is about a five-hour trip.
Alternatively, you can travel-
By Plane:With a flying time of approximately 30 minutes, you can arrive here by either SANSA or Nature Air. You may take a taxi from the airport to Casa Cecilia or we would be happy to arrange pickup for you.
By Bus: there are two direct buses from San Jose to Mal Pais. (07.00 am / 03.00 pm) Duration approx. 7 hours.