A unique place to visit while in Costa Rica is the tranquil little village of Mal Pias. Situated on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica around the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, this place boast of vibrant colors and sceneries. The name Mal Pais originated from the Chorotoga Indians who inhabited the area. Legends in the area would tell us that the word Mal Pais was coined from the word "mah pah" which is a very huge 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 filled with rocky and some unique volcanic rock formations which creates a fascinating and intriguing scenery. Looking at those rock formations, one would marvel at the how nature sculpts itself and create a magnificent work of art. What's more, if you wander along the beach of Mal Pais, you could be treated with the sight of pelicans sailing along the shorelines or diving for fish! Such a beautiful and peaceful sight indeed!

There are many reasons why people come to Mal Pais. Divers would come for its unique and pristine subtropical nature. Students of ecology and biology would come trekking from the nearby Cabo Blanco National Park which is located some 3 kilometers south of the village. The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve serves as a nursery for many aquatic species, most of them endangered or threatened by human activities.

Mal Pais offers a tourist haven along its three kilometer road which is dotted with charming hotels. Most of these hotels offers fantastic views and very good accommodations guaranteed to make you feel at home while enjoying 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. It is one of the most beautiful such nature reserves in the country, with a genuinely of a kind combination of climate and geographical location. It was also such protected area established in Costa Rica, all the way back in 1963, a first step that has now become an extensive national park system and has led to the nation becoming one of the world's foremost authorities in the ecotourism industry.

The attractions held in the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve are numerous and varied. It encompasses over a thousand hectares of mixed forest, known as moist tropical forest, as well as primary and secondary forest, and is home to a stunning menagerie of wild life that includes anteaters, armadillos, coyotes, howlers, monkeys (both spider and capachun) and white tailed deer.

The gateway to the reserve is Cabuya, a small community that exists on the border of the main entrance to the Reserve and offers 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 Tortuga Island and an undersea volcano. All in all, Cabo Blanco is an ideal place to sample the unspoiled simplicity of an old fashioned Costa Rican village.

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