Hotel Pool

Our Surf Camp and Hotel in Malpais

Founded in 1990 by Douglas Packman, one of the earliest surf pioneers in Costa Rica, the Surf Camp was one of the first hotels which were built in the area. From the early days until today the Malpais Surf Camp is a popular hangout for the local and visiting surf scene with all the good vibes of surf culture.
Still owned and operated by Douglas and his two sons, the Malpais Surf Camp is a friendly hotel for single travelers, families, couples and groups of friends on a surf vacation in Costa Rica.

While most hotels in Santa Teresa are on small lots in a busy neighborhood, the Surf Camp enjoys a quiet location on 10 acres of tropical landscaped gardens, backed by the lush jungle of Malpais. In the breezy garden you can relax in hammocks under palm trees or by the pool with a tropical cocktail. Often you can watch monkeys, iguanas, parrots and many other birds and wildlife.

Costa Rica Monkey
Dining in our Restaurant

Surf Camp Restaurant & Bar

Our restaurant is open throughout the day, starting at 6:30 with breakfast ranging from continental to tico-style “Pintos”, pancakes, fruits and mueslis. During the day you can always order burgers and wraps for a quick snack, along with full meals and various vegetarian dishes until late at 10 pm. We also prepare fresh juice from fruits or vegetables, sodas, and a variety of cocktails. And of course we serve you the coldest beer you can get in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais!

Services and Amenities at our Hotel

Mal Pais Bar
Hotel Map

Our Location in Malpais / Santa Teresa

The Malpais Surf Camp is only 200 m away from the road intersection of Santa Teresa /Malpais, where you find banks, car and ATV rentals, the pharmacy, souvenir and surf shops, supermarkets and a range of restaurants and bars.

To the famous beach break of Playa Carmen /Santa Teresa  you can walk directly from our hotel to the beach on a 100 m path through the forest.

Travel Information:
» How to get to Malpais / Santa Teresa