A different locale to visit while in Costa Rica is the serene quaint village of Mal Pias. Situated on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica around the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, this area boast of vibrant colors and sceneries. The name Mal Pais originated from the Chorotoga tribe who inhabited the area. Legends in the area would tell us that the name Mal Pais was coined from the word “mah pah” which is a big stone used by the Indians to draw. Some of the finest Costa Rica vacation rentals are located in the Mal Pais area.
Dubbed as the Hawaii of Latin America, the coastline of Mal Pais is made up of rocky and some unique volcanic rock formations which form a fascinating and interesting shore . Looking at those interesting formations, one would imagine at the how nature sculpts itself and creates a magnificent work of art. Even more , if you wander along the beach of Mal Pais , you could be impressed with pelicans sailing along the shorelines or diving for fish! Such a beautiful and peaceful sight indeed !
There are hundreds reasons why vacationers come to Mal Pais. Divers would come for its one of a kind and pristine tropical nature. University students from around the world studying ecology and biology would come trekking from the close by Cabo Blanco National Park which is located some approximately 1.7 miles south of the village. The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve serves as a nursery for many aquatic species, most of which are endangered or threatened by human progress .
Mal Pais is a tourist oasis along its three kilometer road which is dotted with charming hotels . Most of these Costa Rica hotels has fantastic views and very clean and safe accommodations guaranteed to make vacationers feel at home while soaking up the golden sunset of the Pacific.
Near by Cabo Blanco
The oldest of Costa Rica’s National Parks, the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is located at the extreme southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. In our opinion it is the most beautiful such nature reserves in the province, with a unique combination of weather and geographical location . Being the first established protected area of Costa Rica , all the way back in 1963, a first step that has now become an extensive national park system and has led Costa Rica becoming one of the world’s foremost authorities in the ecotourism industry.
The attractive features held in the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve are many and varied. It has over a thousand hectares of mixed forest, known as subtropical forest , as well as primary and secondary forest, and is home to a stunning menagerie of animals that includes anteaters, armadillos, coyotes, howlers, monkeys (both spider and capachun) and white tailed deer .
At the entrance to the reserve is Cabuya, a tight knit community that exists on the border of the main entrance to the Reserve and has excellent accommodation and hospitality as well as numerous activities of its own such as sports fishing, bird watching (Cabo Blanco is the nesting place for more than a hundred and fifty different types of birds), beachcombing, hiking, scuba diving or trips to various places such as the Isle of Tortuga and an beneath the sea volcano. All in all, Costa Rica National Park, Cabo Blanco is an ideal place to experience the unspoiled simplicity of an old fashioned Costa Rican way of life. When visiting the southern Nicoya Peninsula Mal Pais and Cabo Blanco are definitely worth the visit.