Mal Pais Costa Rica

Mal Pais is a quiet beachside community, situated between the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and the booming surf village of Santa Teresa. While Santa Teresa's main focus is on surfing, Mal Pais offers an array of other activities and tour options.

Tours by boat

The small fishermen port of Mal Pais is just down the hill from Casa Katino. You can hire a panga (small fisher boat) for a fishing trip or just go to watch the abundant maritime life: from the boat you might see sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays or whales. Sunset trips are gorgeous and for fishing buffs a good catch is almost guaranteed.

Sport Fishing

Ambitious sports fishers might want to make a half or full day tour with a professional sport fishing boat to go for Marlin, Sailfish, Roosterfish, Giant Tuna, Yellow-finned Tuna. Tours are offered from Tambor, 40 km away from Mal Pais.

Surfing in Mal Pais


Large tidepools in Mal Pais offer good snorkeling. Or make a tour to the Tortugas Islands from Montezuma. It's the best spot for snorkeling on the whole southern Nicoya Peninsula and the island looks like the perfect tropical island paradise.


One of the biggest attractions of the Mal Pais area is the surf. The main surf beach Playa Carmen is a 10 min drive away from Casa Katino. From Villa Katino you can overlook all major surf spots in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Costa Rica

Canopy Tours

Right below of Casa Katino is the Mal Pais Canopy with more than 1 kilometer cables, 9 platforms and a rappel descending from gigantic trees. The staff will also point out plants and wildlife of the forest.

Horseback Riding

Explore the hills of Cabo Blanco and Mal Pais on horseback. You will ride through the jungle and river valleys or make a sunset ride along miles of gorgeous beaches.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Cabo Blanco is the oldest nature reserve of Costa Rica dating back over 40 years. Casa Katino almost borders the nature reserve but the entrance is 6 km away across the hill at Cabuya. In Cabo Blanco you can hike on well maintained trails through the tropical dry forest and see lots of wildlife.


A 30 min drive from Villa Katino is the small village of Montezuma, renowned for its bohemian lifestyle and its picturesque waterfalls and rivers. Take a stroll through the village with its stands of itinerant artisans, colorful shops and restaurants, or hike along the coast or to the waterfalls.

And there are still more activities in Mal Pais like
Quad Tours, Mountain Biking, SUP, Kayaking, Hiking, Bird Watching, Yoga, Tai Chi etc.

Mal Pais

Services at Villa Katino (upon request)

Rent of Cuadrociclos, Motorbikes, Cars
Organizing of Surfing Courses, Diving and Fishing trips
Local guided Tours, Drivers
Transfer Service by taxi or driver to the Airport in Tambor

Additional daily maid services
Laundry service
In-house meals

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