Surfing in Mal Pais and its region


Mal Pais is one of the most popular surfing spots in Costa Rica, with beachbreaks offering good surf for all levels, and consistent swell all year round.

There are many great surf spots all along the coast, so it will always be possible to find a local break that isn’t too crowded once you get to know the region better.

It is the ideal place to learn how to surf and there are many local surf schools if you are interested in lessons or need to rent or buy equipment.

Experienced surfers rest assured, winter swells can be particularly powerful.

Each year, the neighboring village of Santa Teresa welcomes several official competitions organized by the Federación de Surf de Costa Rica (FSC).

In Mal Pais, surfing is more than a mere sport, it is a real art of living.

Click below to watch the video and get a glimpse of what awaits…

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