Nestled between surf-destination Santa Teresa to the north and the Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve to the south, Mal Pais is quaint, tranquil and gorgeous. Santa Teresa has seen a recent influx in restaurants and businesses, while Mal Pais itself, where your Casa Chameleon villa is located, remains as it has been for years. When you arrive at Casa Chameleon, you’ll notice that we’re among only a handful of hotels in Mal País. This helps you avoid the feel of being in a “tourist destination,” and it contributes to one overwhelming sensation: you are experiencing something rare, special, old world and true.
Address: From Mary´s Restaurant, 800mts East, road to Cabuya, Mal Pais, Puntarenas
Phone: + 506 4001-6700
GPS: N 9º 36′ 40.357″ W 85º 06′ 53.58″
Travelers can choose to fly to either of Costa Rica’s International airports – the Juan Santamaria International Airport located in San Jose or the Daniel Oduber International Airport located in Liberia.
Allow us to arrange a private transfer for you from the airport to ensure your vacation is hassle free. To or from Tambor Airport is $65 each way. Fill out this Transfer Request Form with your flight details.
For those who want the ultimate luxury experience, our concierge would be happy to arrange for helicopter transport. Fly over the jungle canopy and land on OCiO’s dramatic, lighted heliport located in a lush tropical forest.
Guests have a few travel options to get to Mal Pais. You can choose to continue to Mal Pais by taking a regional flight into Tambor and then driving or taking a taxi to the property. The villas are located about 45 minutes from the Tambor airport.
Otherwise, guests can choose to drive from either international airport, and our reservationists can provide driving options and directions. The drive from either airport takes approximately five hours depending on traffic and road conditions. If you choose to drive from Juan Santamaria International Airport, the trip includes a ferry ride across the beautiful Bay of Nicoya.
Mal País is a small tranquil neighborhood, loosely spread out along five kilometers of road. Its southern limit abuts the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve on the very tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, while to the north it runs into Playa Carmen. Here, at the road intersection of “El Cruze”, the road from Cobano ends on the beach of Playa Carmen. Across from the intersection the busy beach town of Santa Teresa sprawls to the north, with a lively surfer scene, many hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. People often refer to the entire beach area as Mal País, so when you hear of Mal País being one of the top tourist destinations in Costa Rica, it actually means the beaches of Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen.
Mal País is a smaller, and much more tranquil neighborhood. While in recent years Santa Teresa has seen a boom in development, Mal País has retained its laid-back, small village atmosphere with large patches of unspoiled nature. The coast of Mal País is rocky in most parts, with some bizarre volcanic formations creating fascinating scenery. Old jungle forest grows down to the shore where rocky outcroppings alternate with pockets of beaches, some made up entirely of tiny seashells.