Mal Pais

Mal Pais Costa Rica

Mal Pais

Mal Pais lies south of Santa Teresa. It extends from the intersection of Playa Carmen until the border of the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. The coastline of Mal Pais is mostly rocky and thus less crowded than in Santa Teresa. At the end of the road is a small fishing port which is also the base for many aquatic activities, from stand-up-paddling to boat and fishing tours. Across from the fishermen, right on the edge of Cabo Blanco, there is also a zipline operation.

Only 10 years ago the whole Santa Teresa area was better known as Mal Pais but now the focus of attention has turned to Santa Teresa with its surf spots and lively community.

Mal Pais Neighborhoods:  » To the South Playa Carmen  » Inland: San Isidro

Mal Pais at a Glance


Mary’s – Fine Dining
Caracolas – Tico Beach Restaurant
Ritmo Tropical – Ital. Restaurant
Vista de Olas – Panorama BBQ Resto
The Place – Bar & Lounge


1 Grocery store
Fisher port
SUP paddling
Boat tours & fishing
Canopy Tour
Bi-weekly bus service


Mostly rocky but scenic beach. Close to Cabo Blanco Reserve.


Some few reef breaks for expert surfers

Costa Rica

Real Estate in Mal Pais

Buying real estate in Mal Pais is well suited for those who prefer a quiet neighborhood with large swaths of nature. Foreigners who own properties in Mal Pais tend to be more laid-back and a larger percentage of Ticos live in this small village.

With its smaller population, Mal Pais is less commercially viable but has some of the most amazing residences and land opportunities in the Santa Teresa area. Many properties are located hillside, affording scenic ocean views.

Featured Listings

Mal Pais Estate

Impeccable mansion with expansion possibilities

Mal Pais, Ocean View Residential Built 19,553 sqm
Land above Mal Pais

Large piece of land for development with ocean view and river

Mal Pais, Ocean View Land 150,000 sqm
Riverside Jungle Villa

Very private, stylish 2-bedroom house with pool

Mal Pais, Nature View Residential Built 1000 sqm
Lovely private Home

Walk-to-the-beach house with 2 separate apartmens

Mal Pais, Ocean View Residential Built 964 sqm
Magnificent Estate

Unique villa on a large oceanview property with expansion options

Mal Pais, Ocean View Residential Built 20,990 sqm

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