The Green Rooms

Brand new surf lodge and school, Mal Pais

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The Green Rooms

The Green Rooms Surf Lodge

Welcome to The Green Rooms

Owned and built by well travelled Englishman Dave Brown and assisted by his nephew Russ, we know what makes a good surf trip.

Come and stay with us and slip into our relaxed Costa Rican lifestyle. Enjoy the waves just a 10 minute walk away and our secluded house surrounded by the beautiful flora and fauna of the jungle. We offer a friendly and flexible service for individual travellers or large groups and can help with all aspects of your trip, from flights and transfers to excursions. We also have an in-house surf school that can help you to hone your skills or take your first steps on a surfboard.

Mal Pais-Costa Rica

Costa Rica has long been a favourite destination for travelling surfers from across the globe. The tantalising combination of warm tropical water, breathtaking scenery, morning off shores and miles upon miles of sick waves makes it the ideal location for any surf trip whether you are a seasoned pro or total novice.

The Green Rooms is located in the small town of Mal Pais on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsular halfway down the Pacific coast, the perfect place to pick up north, south and west swells and offer some of the most consistent waves on the planet.

The town of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa runs north from Mal Pais along a 7km stretch of road bordered on one side by the vast pacific ocean and along the other by jungle clad hills. The once loose straggle of hotels and local residences is now a thriving beachside community with an abundance of restaurants, shops and guest houses run by a variety of local Ticos and expats alike. The eclectic mix of peoples and cultures makes for a fun carefree vibe that is sure to liven up your trip.

We are located 5 minutes walk East of the Super Maya supermarket and just another couple of minutes to the beach of Playa Carmen. A further 10 mins walk along the beach will bring you to the waves of Santa Teresa.

To reach us from San Jose you have several options from the flight to Tambor on sansa airlines or the Puntarenas to Paquera ferry. Get in touch and we can help you arrange your transfers.

The Waves

The green rooms is ideally located to give you easy access to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and waves.

The nearest surfing beach is Playa Carmen just 5 minutes walk away from our place. This fun, walling beach break has it all. "Ive been surfing this wave everyday for 3 months and its never been flat. Its perfect for turns and airs and at low tide with a bit of swell it can produce some solid barrels"-Alan Stokes, British Champion. It has a number of peaks breaking along a 2km stretch of white sand with the best banks held in place by rock outcrops that can give long rides all the way to the beach. There are both right and left hand peaks in abundance offering something for everyone and it works on all tides perfect for surfing all day.

10 minutes walk north along the beach, past rock pools and coves superb for snorkling, and you come to Santa Teresa. This 1 km long beach also offers a number of peaks that tend to get hollower the further north you travel.

5 km north of the town is the stunning beach of Playa Hermosa where you can pitch up a hammock and get some peace and quiet whilest checking out the multitude of wildlife and, if your lucky, some empty waves. The jungle rolls right down to the beach where the only visible settlement is a couple of houses on the vegetation clad hill. On a good north swell a hollow right hand point reels off from the north end of the beach and and there are numerous sand bars holding lefts and rights with lower tides bringing the best chance of barrels.

For those looking for something heavier a big south swell can see the infamous Sunset Reef , a couple of kilometers to the south of Playa Carmen, lighting up and offering a grinding left hand barrel over very shallow rock. Alternatively you can explore some of the other points and reefs of the area.


The Main House
We have 4 comfy rooms, all with fans, and when not surfing or sleeping you are free to enjoy the rest of the house. Relax upstairs in a hammock while watching the monkeys cruise past a few metres away. Enjoy the spacious open plan lounge where you can laze on the sofa with a dvd or book, put on some tunes or make use of the fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen is free for self catering or you can arrange to eat with your hosts who often cook up a feast to share around the banquet table in the evenings. The two full power, hot water showers are the talk of the town and we have 4 toilets (1 upstairs, 3 down). Just next to the house the beautiful pool is the perfect place to cool off from the tropical heat and sink a few beers in the shallow end seating area.

For those who want a little more privacy, the bungalow is ideal. It has 2 double rooms with fans, another full power hot water shower and toilet, kitted out kitchen, living area with sky TV, dvd player and an outside terrace overlooking the pool.

Surf School

With our trained instructors gaining over 20 years surfing experience between them you are sure to be in safe hands. We offer lessons for complete novices trying surfing for the first time to more experienced surfers looking to improve their skills. We have specially designed soft skinned surfboards to maximise your safety and enjoyment. Lesson sizes are kept small to ensure you get the most out of your time with us.

We generally run two sessions per day depending on conditions and numbers and as we are fully mobile can move around to find the most suitable waves on the day. We also offer a hotel pick-up service to make it even simpler to get in the waves.

Lessons are $40 per person and we provide all the equipment you need including a soft skinned board and a rash vest. The lessons run for around 1½ - 2 hours and include practical information on surfing etiquette and safety.

Guests that are staying at the lodge get 20% OFF all surf lessons. Just drop us an email or ring us on 00506-8384-6840 to find out more.

Multiple lesson and group discounts are available.
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