Below, you will find a variety of activities, tours, and adventures available near Casa Chameleon. Our staff is happy to offer recommendations and coordinate activities on your behalf.
Mal Pais is home to some of the best surfing swells in the world. Bring your own board or rent one for approximately $10-$12/day at one of the many surf shops in town. Surfing lessons from an experienced instructor are available for all levels.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Snorkelers can enjoy the clear waters in the large tide pools created during low tide. The tide pools are terrific for beginners or those who just prefer shallow waters. There are also numerous diving points between Mal Pais and Playa Hermosa that offer scuba diving for all experience levels. Once you’re beneath the surface, you’ll find large schools of colorful fish including angelfish, porcupinefish, and needlefish. As you head deeper into the ocean, you may encounter moray eels, manta rays, hawksbill turtles (an endangered species), and whitetip sharks. During certain times of the year, you may even find yourself swimming alongside humpback whales!
We highly recommend renting an all terrain vehicle (ATV) or “quad” during your visit. It is a fun way to explore the area, and they are the preferred method of transportation for locals.
Several companies offer horseback riding tours through the jungle and/or across the beaches.
Wet a line with a local guide who will take you to some of the best fishing spots in the area. The waters around Mal Pais are home to a wide variety of fish species, and guests may find themselves reeling in sailfish, tuna, dorado, and mahi mahi. Most boats depart from the charming local fish market.
Mal País Canopy Tour
Journey through the treetops in this spectacular canopy tour located just minutes down the road from Casa Chameleon. The tour takes place on a farm with more than 200 different tree species, and it is located at the entrance of the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve.
Montezuma Canopy Tour and Waterfalls
Travel down the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula to Montezuma for a canopy tour featuring a series of nine cable lines and eleven platforms spanning over 1,200 meters. Guides take visitors through a tour that covers cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. You can also hike to the waterfalls after the tour, so be sure to take a towel and bathing suit.
Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is one of Costa Rica’s most stunning treasures, and it was the first National Park established in Costa Rica. The Reserve has a number of trails that wind through the park with varying levels of incline and difficulty. It is a majestic place for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife appreciation.
Half Day Tour at Isla Tortuga
Tortuga Island is famous for its pristine white sand beach and turquoise waters; it is about an hour away from Mal País. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling, beach combing, and exploration of the island. The tour also includes a visit to the Curu Wildlife Refuge.
Curu Wildlife Refuge
A unique gem of Costa Rica’s national park system, Curú is actually a privately-owned farm that experiments in sustainable agriculture. It features 17 diverse trails which give you access to 232 species of birds, spider monkeys, scarlet macaws, and white-nosed coatis. However, the park’s most spectacular feature may be its stunning mangrove trees and pristine, forest-lined beaches.