Malpaís, in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica is one of the main tourist destinations in the country. This is due to its beautiful beaches, its exuberant nature and its varied culture.


The municipality is located about 20 minutes from the Cóbano airport . This privileged location makes it an ideal place for those who want to enjoy nature and the sea.

Malpaís connects directly with Santa Teresa. It has a variety of tourist attractions. Beaches like Playa Santa Teresa or Playa Malpaís are some of the main tourist destinations in the area.

Beach of the Dutch Malpaís
Beach of the Dutch Malpaís

Malpaís, refuge of celebrities

This municipality is known for its privileged location on the Pacific coast, as well as offering a varied tourist offer.

In recent years, together with Santa Teresa, it has been a refuge for some internationally known actors, singers and models. What has caused an exponential rise in the real estate market.


It is a popular destination for tourists looking to enjoy the outdoors and experience the local culture. The town is surrounded by lush tropical forests and is home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys and iguanas.

Malpais Beach
Malpais Beach

These beaches offer their visitors a large number of water activities, such as surfing, diving, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. In addition, there are numerous restaurants, bars, and hotels where tourists can enjoy delicious food and drinks. Currently, the municipality of Malpaís has an estimated population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants. This population is made up mainly of Costa Ricans and foreigners, although there are also some natives.

Most of the inhabitants of Malpaís work in the tourism sector, either as tour guides, restaurant workers or hotel workers. This shows that tourism is one of the main sources of income for the municipality.

Malpais Port

It is a small beach port with boats on the sand. It is located at the end of Malpaís street, bordering the other end of the Cabo Blanco Natural Park . As we discussed in another article, the main access to the Cabo Blanco Natural Park is through the town of Cabuya , 7 km from Montezuma .

Local boats depart from the port for fishing and diving tours around Cabo Blanco, where there is the possibility of seeing whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and manta rays.

You can also see an area in front of the Cabo Blanco park, the remains of a sunken ship and methane gas outlets in the form of bubbles on the surface, as a result of an underwater volcano. If what you want is to have an aerial view of everything we are telling you, you have the possibility of doing it with a gyroplane taking off from the Cóbano airport with the company Adventureflights

Malpais Port
Malpais Port

Culture and shows

The culture of Malpaís is also one of the main attractions of the Puntarenas province. This culture is reflected in the many festivals that take place throughout the year. The most prominent are:

  • the Malpais Folk Festival
  • the Popular Song Festival and
  • the Salsa Festival.

These festivals are characterized by their lively music, dances and typical food, and attract tourists from all over the world.

In short, the municipality of Malpaís is an ideal tourist destination for those who wish to enjoy nature, culture and the sea in Costa Rica. The municipality has an estimated population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants and is one of the main sources of income for the province of Puntarenas.

In addition, Malpaís offers its visitors a variety of water activities, numerous restaurants, bars and hotels, as well as a wide range of festivals and cultural activities.

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