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Do you want to surf and fish in Costa Rica?

Santa Teresa is the best place in Costa Rica because you can do both in the same day

So you’ve surfed all morning in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and now, you’re back at your hotel – exhausted – and your wife is looking at you with her big, bored eyes. “What are we going to do for the afternoon in Santa Teresa post-surf?” she asks. Well, there are plenty of really fun things to do in Santa Teresa including one of my personal favourite Costa Rican activities. It is an activity that allows you to explore a nearby community, interact with some local Costa Ricans and best of all, it is a place where you can buy all the fixing for the delicious dinner that you are going to prepare for your lovely wife later that night. What is it you ask? A visit to the fish market just outside Santa Teresa in Mal Pais, Costa Rica.

The drive alone to the fish market is great. If you are staying with us at the Blue Surf Sanctuary in the northern part of Santa Teresa, you get to drive through all of the lovely little communities that line the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. From our hotel, you drive through downtown Santa Teresa and passed the bustling town center where you can see the entire town hustling about around the football field and the local school. As you continue to drive south, you will then next pass through Playa Carmen – a popular and very busy community just outside of Santa Teresa that is littered with tasty restaurants, shops and cafes. The beach here is also well worth a stop as it is a great place for grab a ceviche and watch people as they come and go. From there, continue south passed the Cruce into Mal Pais. Once you cross over into Mal Pais from the Cruce, instantly it feels like a different world. The hotels and restaurants slowly start to fade out of view and what is left is a lovely little community and empty, beautiful beaches. Keep driving all the way through Mal Pais to the very end. Pass the church, the only convenience store in town and the football field. Soon after the cemetery, you will be at the end of the road and you have arrived at the magical Mal Pais Fish Market.

Once you get to the market, here is where the fun really begins. Take your time and soak it all in. Check out all the fishermen’s well-worn boats and watch the fishermen, as they are hard at work mending their nets, repainting their boats or bringing in their days catch. If you are lucky and you happen to be there as they are hauling in their catch, you can watch as the fishermen clean and gut the gigantic ocean fish that they caught. I’ve seen humongous snapper, enormous jack fish, gorgeous roosterfish, delicious yellow fin tunas and so much more. Enjoy every minute of it and don’t forget to buy your dinner! Trust me… your wife and your kids will love it. The Mal Pais fish market is as authentic as it gets here in Costa Rica and it is a great post-surf activity for the whole family here in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Surf and Fish in Costa Rica

Here are some photos and a video of the Mal Pais fish market and some local fishermen in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica:

Mal Pais fishing Viliage, next to Santa Teresa, in Costa Rica
Mal Pais fishing Viliage, next to Santa Teresa, in Costa Rica
Mal Pais fishing Viliage, next to Santa Teresa, in Costa Rica
Mal Pais fishing Viliage, next to Santa Teresa, in Costa Rica


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“Had the best time at the Blue Surf Sanctuary. Lovely part of town, with the sea and amazing food options nearby. Couldn’t fault it really….”

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Blue Surf Sanctuary is a boutique surf hotel located near world famous surf spots at Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Costa Rica. We have 4 wonderfully equipped Bungalows and a beautiful open air kitchen located a very short walk from the beach. Our front desk is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our surf resort not only offers Costa Rica surf vacation packages, we also offer the ultimate beach retreat with local spa services, massage, and yoga! Let us build your perfect surf trip.

Many of our guests come to Costa Rica for the awesome surf. Santa Teresa / Mal Pais has become a world famous surf location. Not only is the surf great, the beach is consistently voted tops in all of Central and South America. It really is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will love the vibe. We can help you build the perfect Costa Rica surf vacation!

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula. The two small surf towns share a 6km stretch of beach and road. There are many restaurants, surf shops, and groceries. We are located near one of the best surf breaks in the country, Suck Rock.

Do you want an active Costa Rica vacation or retreat? Improve your surfing with our surf instructors, Relax, Yoga, repeat daily! Awesome surf and yoga in paradise is a great way to spend your Costa Rica vacation. Restore your balance in paradise. Experience nature and find yourself in beautiful Costa Rica. Your inner Pura Vida is waiting for you!

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