About Santa Teresa/Mal Pais

Nicoya Peninsula

SANTA TERESA AND MAL PAIS | Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, just along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is Mal Pais, Santa Teresa. Famed for its pristine beaches, consistent surf breaks, lush jungles and diversity of cultures, this once sleepy beach town has since become a top destination for travelers from all over the world.


Although there are technically two seasons, the “dry” season and “rainy” season, the climate in Santa Teresa is pretty steady. The temperatures rarely drop below 70 degrees F and the ocean waters are always warm and inviting.


Surrounded by a selection of the best surf breaks in Latin America, the Pura Vida vibe is taken to another level here. The surf culture has embedded itself over the last decade yielding hot bodies, bohemian afternoons, and late nights. It plays out like a fantasy for anyone drawn to the ocean or seaside. That super laid-back vibe has the area quickly becoming a hot hideout for celebrities too.

Tourists visit the area for a variety of reasons. Whether you enjoy surf, nature hiking, fishing, snorkeling, yoga or simply enjoying the world’s biodiversity that it has to offer, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is truly is a magical paradise.


Santa Teresa beach is named “One of the most beautiful beaches in the world” by Forbes Magazine, among other publications. Therefore, it is no surprise that celebrities such as Gisele Bundchen and Mel Gibson as well as entrepreneurs and foreigners are choosing to invest, develop and/or retire in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has two international airports. The Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) located just outside of San Jose, Costa Rica and the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), which is found in Liberia, Costa Rica.  From here you can fly into our local airport Tambor (TMU) that is conveniently located 30 minutes from the town.


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