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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Mal Pais- Santa Teresa

Costa Rica, Guanacaste

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 9° 37.609' N
Longitude: 85° 9.127' W

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 Access

You've got to take a 4x4 from Cobano, and then it's a long way on rocky roads!!
Direct bus service: daily. San José-Malpais-Santa Teresa.

English (Translate this text in English): You've got to take a 4x4 from Cobano, and then it's a long way on rocky roads!!
Direct bus service: daily. San José-Malpais-Santa Teresa.

English (Translate this text in English): You've got to take a 4x4 from Cobano, and then it's a long way on rocky roads!!
Direct bus service: daily. San José-Malpais-Santa Teresa.

English (Translate this text in English): You've got to take a 4x4 from Cobano, and then it's a long way on rocky roads!!
Direct bus service: daily. San José-Malpais-Santa Teresa.

DistanceSurf trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomFlat rocks with sand

Power

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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 Additional Information

If you wish to come there, you should plan to stay for a few days!! It's not easy to arrive there and go back. But it's worth coming there.
A cool place to stay is Zeneida's cabinas, very cheap and just in front of Santa Teresa's spot

English (Translate this text in English): If you wish to come there, you should plan to stay for a few days!! It's not easy to arrive there and go back. But it's worth coming there.<br />A cool place to stay is Zeneida's cabinas, very cheap and just in front of Santa Teresa's spot

English (Translate this text in English): If you wish to come there, you should plan to stay for a few days!! It's not easy to arrive there and go back. But it's worth coming there.&lt;br &#47;&gt;A cool place to stay is Zeneida's cabinas, very cheap and just in front of Santa Teresa's spot

English (Translate this text in English): If you wish to come there, you should plan to stay for a few days!! It's not easy to arrive there and go back. But it's worth coming there.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;A cool place to stay is Zeneida's cabinas, very cheap and just in front of Santa Teresa's spot

Atmosphere

No problems, nice people,friendly locals, a lot of foreing landowners. American and european tourist, but very few.
There's also a surf camp in Mal Pais but Santa Teresa is better (when you arrive at the end of the road, Mal Pais is on the left and ST on the right!!)

English (Translate this text in English): No problems, nice people,friendly locals, a lot of foreing landowners. American and european tourist, but very few.<br />There's also a surf camp in Mal Pais but Santa Teresa is better (when you arrive at the end of the road, Mal Pais is on the left and ST on the right!!)

English (Translate this text in English): No problems, nice people,friendly locals, a lot of foreing landowners. American and european tourist, but very few.&lt;br &#47;&gt;There's also a surf camp in Mal Pais but Santa Teresa is better (when you arrive at the end of the road, Mal Pais is on the left and ST on the right!!)

English (Translate this text in English): No problems, nice people,friendly locals, a lot of foreing landowners. American and european tourist, but very few.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There's also a surf camp in Mal Pais but Santa Teresa is better (when you arrive at the end of the road, Mal Pais is on the left and ST on the right!!)

General

Really nice, good wave when it works, and the landscape is so beautiful...

English (Translate this text in English): Really nice, good wave when it works, and the landscape is so beautiful...

English (Translate this text in English): Really nice, good wave when it works, and the landscape is so beautiful...

English (Translate this text in English): Really nice, good wave when it works, and the landscape is so beautiful...

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By surfinghans , 11-02-2012

Constantly closeout - I have been in Mal pais in March 2011 and my firend was there in Mai 2010. You get nice sized waves nearly every day, but they close out constantly. If your a lightweight tico of 50kg, you can take of earlier and you might get a little "ride". If you're not, you just get closeouts. Beautiful place, nice people and vibe, but the waves....

By Anonymous , 25-06-2010

wind??? - does it get windy enough in Mal Pais to kiteboard? whats up with the wind the in general down there? thanks

By ivans , 06-11-2008

Need some help - I'm travelling to Costa Rica in February and i need some help to plan my trip, anyone who want to help me please write me an email.

Thank you very much.

ivanlen(at)hotmail.com

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