The Surfing Jurney. Nosara to Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, and Montezuma.

20 May, 2019

Along with Tamarindo, Nosara, Santa Teresa, and Mal Pais are the four more famous surfing brakes on the Guanacaste Peninsula. We go From Nosara to the Cobano area all the time, including famous Montezuma Beach. Let me explain to you the road conditions, ride time and more.

Going from Nosara to Montezuma, Santa Teresa or Mal Pais will take you from five to six and a half hours depending on the way you decide to go, and you have five options.

  • Driving a rented car or your own
  • On a Public Bus
  • On a Shared Shuttle
  • On a Private Shuttle
  • On a Small Plane

The Options, ride times, costs, and road conditions will be described in the next paragraphs.

The Road to Montezuma, Santa Teresa or Mal Pais.

If you go driving yourself or on a private or Shared Shuttle, you have to take one road, even though Google map will show you two roads. The road that goes parallel to the coast has no very well driving conditions, so we do not recommend taking that option, with the information we have now.

Then, you go outside Guiones and take a right on route 130 to Barco Quebrado. This road is a dusty bumpy road. Then you go east to Cruce Nosara-Samara, what is a paved road but with holes and bumpy.

On the Cruce you take a left on route 150 to Nicoya, this is paved, but a wavy winding road. You pass Nicoya to the main road on Guanacaste, and then take a right on Route 21.

On Route 21 you go southeast on a wide paved two-lane road and you continue passing Pueblo Viejo, what is the Cruce to Puente de la Amistad, continue southwest passing Jicaral, Lepanto and arriving at Playa Naranjo, what is the place of arrival of one of the ferries from Puntarenas. That’s where Route 21 ends.

There is also where Paved road ends. You continue on a dusty road going south to Paquera, what is the place where the other Ferry from Puntarenas arrives. Here starts a paved road again.

Later you go southwest passing Tambor until you arrive at Cobano, where the paved road ends again. If you go south for 5 miles, 15 minutes, you get to Montezuma on a dusty road, if you go west, you go to Playa del Carmen, Mal Pais, and Santa Teresa.

From Cobano to Playa del Carmen, is a 30 minutes seven miles drive on a
dusty bumpy very bad conditions road, and you hit the ocean. You have on your left, three miles to Mal Pais, and on the right two miles to Santa Teresa.

Going on a Public Bus From Nosara To Montezuma

There are no buses that go from Nosara to Montezuma, Cobano, Santa Teresa, or Mal Pais, or even to Paquera or Playa Naranjo, on a direct service

But there are some possibilities. First, you have to go from Nosara to Nicoya, from Nicoya you can take a bus to Liberia, and then another bus from Liberia to Puntarenas, and on Puntarenas, you have to take the Ferry to Paquera, and from there you can take a bus to go to Montezuma, Santa Teresa or Mal Pais. It is possible, but it will take you 8+ hours. I do not think it is practical.

Flying From Nosara to Tambor

You can not go Flying to Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, or Montezuma. The closer airfield is on Tambor. But you cannot find a direct flight from Nosara to Tambor neither, but you can go from Nosara to San José, and then back to Tambor. I know, it is not practical, but it is an option.

Sometimes they have a flight that leaves from Nosara to San Jose and make a stop at Tambor, but you will have to ask about it. From the Tambor airstrip, you can take a taxi to Montezuma, Santa Teresa or Mal Pais.

This option will take you from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and cost you from $50 to $180 per person, plus the taxi fare, and that depends on what you can arrange with the airline company.

Riding a Shuttle.

You can book a Shared Shuttle with our competitors for $60 to $110 per person, but you can book a Private Shuttle Service from us for $320 for up to 4 persons, with surf rack, free WiFi, complimentary water bottles, picking you up at your Hotel or rented house, and dropping you off at your hotel or rented house as well. For a reservation, you can Click Here.

In whatever form you decide to travel, you will discover de beauties of Costa Rica and specifically Guanacaste, traveling from Nosara to the Cobano area, and it is of the best surfing places there is in Costa Rica.

Why Go To Cóbano Area, The Surfing Connection

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are among the grates surfing points in Guanacaste, so it is only natural to connect Nosara with this area. Surfing in this area has heaviest waves, and they said you should be a more experienced surfer, but in Montezuma, there are places for beginners.

Although the most legendary brakes can be crowded, especially in front of the towns, the coast is so large, that you can find other breakpoints with fewer riders.

Additionally, you can do snorkeling, fishing, hiking, Bike, and horseback riding, scuba diving, sea kayaks, canopy. You can find Waterfalls, the Cabo Blanco National Park, where you can see wild animals like crocodiles, coatis, monkeys, and birdwatching.

Of course, there are lots of restaurants, Tico, Italian, and much more, and you can find several bars. Montezuma is more a Party town; you can
easily find people smoking marijuana, and the ambient is relaxing and easy-going.

Frequently ask questions

Do you have to take your surf gear? If you do not want to bring your own, you can rent everything in Santa Teresa or Mal Pais. There are lots of places to rent surfboards, and gear. But if you want to bring your own things, we have surfboard racks on our microbus, and space to bring your bags and cases with all the gear and stuff you want to bring.

What is the best time of the year to surf in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais?
The best time for visiting the town is in the dry season, but it is also the crowdest, between November to April. Rainy season comes with bigger swells, and also with rainy days, but mornings are almost always sunny. However, enter the place on a rainy season, may be more difficult due to the condition of the road, so probably the beginning of the rainy season may be the best time, roads are not that damage, tourist flow began to slow, and bigger swells start to appear. April to June.

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