Easy to find. Easy to stay.

Hotel Oasis, a family owned hotel, sits in the relaxed village of Mal País (or Malpais), Costa Rica. Only steps from pristine beaches and world-class surf breaks of Playa Carmen and Santa Teresa, Oasis welcomes the traveling surfer, family or couple into a haven of serenity.
Unwind poolside in lush surroundings; take in unforgettable sunsets from the spectacular coastline, yet only a stroll away is the village center of Santa Teresa with its cultural blend of restaurants, cafes, nightlife, surf shops, fitness and wellness spas and shopping.

modern meets classic Costa Rica

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Oasis Facts

Year we opened
We are 10 degrees North of the equator
Minute walk to Santa Teresa
From world class surf breaks

tranquil days, warm evenings, and tropical pleasures


Our Bungalows

Cozy. Bungalows have a private veranda where you can relax and dine with views of the gardens and swimming pool. Inside are 2 single beds, and separate bedroom with 1 queen size bed and a bathroom with hot water shower. Cook and dine at home with a full kitchen and dinette. Stay comfortable with ceiling fans, screened windows, filtered water, cable TV, Wi-Fi, room safe, daily housekeeping and laundry service.

High Season
$105 - $140per night
  • Bungalows
  • Nov 1 – April 30
  • 2 people for $105
  • 3 people for $120
  • 4 people for $140
Peak Season
$150per night
  • Bungalows
  • Dec 20 – Jan 10 + April 8 – 18
  • 2 people for $150
  • 3 people for $150
  • 4 people for $150

Our Studios

Stylish and tucked away. Studios have a kitchenette with outdoor terrace seating and lazy hammock. The spacious rooms can have up to 3 guests with 1 queen and 1 single size bed and a hot water shower. Relax with energy efficient air conditioning, filtered water, WiFi, widescreen cable TV, room safe, daily housekeeping and laundry service.

High Season
$105 - $120per night
  • Studios
  • Nov 1 – April 30
  • 2 people for $105
  • 3 people for $120
Peak Season
$150per night
  • Studios
  • Dec 20 – Jan 10 + April 8 – 18
  • 2 people for $150
  • 3 people for $150

The fine print: Check-in is 1PM, check-out is 11AM. 13% taxes included. First child under 3 years stays free of charge. An additional child will be considered at the adult rate. We accept cash payment, VISA and Master Card. PETS ALLOWED.

“All the modern comforts…great access to the beach and activities” – Mark


Malpais: beyond A Surfer’s paradise.

Avid surfers travel the world for the best waves and Malpais and Santa Teresa are ranked as the best surfing you can find in the country. The combination of tropical conditions; winds, swells, tides and contours make for excellent sessions year round. (more…)


Find your place in the sun.

In Malpais you can easily spend the day sunbathing, swimming or enjoying the tide pools. At the southern end are the fishing village, canopy zip-lining, stand-up paddle boarding and deep-sea fishing tours. The same road also leads to the magnificent Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, the oldest protected nature area in Costa Rica; a natural jewel of the Nicoya Peninsula with many species of trees and wildlife.

The village of Malpais is mainly residential with a few indoor or beachfront restaurants. From Hotel Oasis it is just a five-minute walk north to the Cruce of Playa Carmen and Santa Teresa. There you enter a busy center with surf shops, grocery stores, sport bars, nightlife and more restaurants and eateries serving breakfast lunch and dinner with a range of international flavors to please anyone’s palate. Wi-Fi is available in most places so you’re never far from internet access. There are boutiques, a fitness and dance studio, beauty spas, as well as 2 convenient ATMs, rental companies, dental and medical services, pharmacy, personal health trainers and a range of massage therapists and health practitioners of western, eastern and holistic modalities.

Getting There

Once you arrive in Costa Rica, you can travel directly to Hotel Oasis by shuttle, plane, car, or bus.


If you do not want to drive, a good door-to-door option is to take a shuttle. Rates for a shuttle to and from a destination in northern Costa Rica is approximately $50/person. More info at Montezuma Expeditions


Both Nature Air and Sansa domestic airlines provide daily charter flights direct to the Tambor Airport from San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport, as well as from the smaller airports in Samara, Punta Islita, Nosara, and Tamarindo. From Tambor airport, you can either arrange to pick-up your rental car, or hire a taxi to take you to Hotel Oasis in Mal Pais. A taxi will cost approximately $55. More info Fly Sansa and Nature Air


A direct public bus leaves twice a day at 6am and 2PM in San José from the San Carlos bus station and will take you all the way to Malpais. It will stop at the Cruce in Playa Carmen. We are located 300 meters South from the Cruce in Malpais. Approximate bus fare is $14 per person.


Before you leave, always verify ferry schedules, map your routes and bring Colones for payment at the tollbooths. From San Jose to the ferry to Paquera: Drive the Pan American (interamerican) Highway or the highway 27 Autopista del Sol (toll highway) to Puntarenas (120 km) and take the ferry to Paquera. After you disembark the ferry in Paquera, drive to the main town intersection. From the Paquera intersection, turn left to drive 40 km along Highway 160 to the Playa Carmen intersection, otherwise known as the “Cruce”. From the Cruce, turn left to go to Mal Pais. (Turn right to go to Santa Teresa.) More info at Naviera Tambor

“3 nights was not enough…had I known I would have stayed many more” – Ken

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the “Cruce”?

The Cruce (pronounced “crew-say”) is the main destination or crossroad intersection where buses, cars and taxis arrive into town and where the villages of Malpais, Playa Carmen and Santa Teresa meet. From Hotel Oasis, guests are a five-minute walk to the Cruce where they will find rental companies, banks, shopping, dining, surf shops and much more.

What kind of transportation will I need?

A bicycle is the easiest way to get around the immediate area. Bicycle rentals are available at the Cruce and all through town.

Where can I rent a car or ATV?

Rental companies are located at the Cruce. We recommend having an ATV or 4/WD vehicle if you plan to explore the area, especially during the rainy season.

Are there taxi services in town?

Yes. The taxi stand is located at the corner of the Cruce, next to Banco de Costa Rica.

Is there a local bus?

Yes. A local bus leaves from the Cruce with daily routes to Santa Teresa and Cobano where you can also get a connection to popular Montezuma and Cabuya.

Do you have parking?

Yes, Oasis guests have private parking on the premises.

Where can we buy groceries?

There are several markets north of the Cruce, the first is Super Ronny’s in Playa Carmen, followed by more markets in Santa Teresa. Most markets open at 7AM and stay open until 10PM. The organic farmer’s market is held every Saturday afternoon from 3PM to sunset. Bring your grocery bag and follow the beach entrance across from Green World Store in Santa Teresa, another good source for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Where can we take surf lessons?

Oasis offers affordable and certified surf instruction to individuals and groups of all ages and experience levels. Contact Haim or Marianne for more information and to schedule your lesson.

Where can we rent surfboards?

There are many surf shops within walking distance of the hotel that offer a wide range of surfboards for rent.

Are there Mosquitos?

Yes, mosquitoes and insects are most present during the rainy season, but not as much during the drier months. However, all rooms have screened windows and we also recommend that you use a repellent as an extra precaution.

What is the weather like?

The rainiest months are typically May and June and then September and October. During July and August we have Veranillo (our little summer), which brings less rain, mainly in the evenings, and not every day. November through April is considered the driest time of the year. You can expect little to no rain, high temperatures and lots of sunshine.

What is a “Soda”?

A Soda is a common eating-place that serves you “typico” or the typical Costa Rican cuisine. Try the casado, which is typically a dish of rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and an optional entrée that may include chicken beef, pork or fish.

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