Blue Jay Lodge Hotel Mal Pais Costa Rica

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For beach and nature lovers, the quiet seaside village of Mal Pais has it all - surfing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, horseback riding, ocean fishing.

Nearby Cabo Blanco National Park and Nature Reserve, birdwatching, wildlife, swimming and sunbathing, and some of the most intense sunsets in Costa Rica!

  For beach and nature lovers, the quiet seaside village of Mal Pais has it all - surfing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, horseback riding, ocean fishing.

Nearby Cabo Blanco National Park and Nature Reserve, birdwatching, wildlife, swimming and sunbathing, and some of the most intense sunsets in Costa Rica!

The Blue Jay hotel, 200 metres from the beach is an ideal location. With its cabins set in the mountain, its ancient and large trees like natural skyscrapers, sheltering monkeys and birds in its generous nature. It will welcome you and make your holidays unforgettable. And the nights… Partying… or absolute relaxation, listening to the sound of the sea… You choose. Reinvent your life… Paradise is waiting for you.

Costa Rica is considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. Its abundant forest reserves form a fragile and complex ecosystem, which requires protection.

For all these reasons we count on a system of protected Natural Parks and reserves which are recognised as among the best in the world.

Come and discover the immense variety of flora and fauna in an enchanted paradise ... and the person to be enchanted will be you

You will ride the rebellious waves, dive in the coral depths, master the volcanoes and conquer the mountains ...; You will enjoy yourself so much that you will never forget us.

 

“A fun treehouse”

Blue Jay Lodge

We loved our stay at the Blue Jay Lodge. We looked into some hotels in the area at the last minute and found the price at the Blue Jay totally reasonable. I wouldn't describe it as luxury, but comfortable, clean and basic. Best of all we had three whole walls of screens giving us the feel of trees all around us! It was wild! We noticed five or six bats hanging out in the screen right above our door, a foot above our head. Later, while loading our surfboards on top of our car we discovered a long, thin, brown snake just hanging out on the roof of our car. If you think there is no wildlife around, think again.

I was happy that our neighbors were very considerate after realizing they were talking fairly loud and we could hear every word-another aspect of missing three walls. We stayed for one night and had a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs and beans the next morning. We thought it was a fun, unigue experience.

“bit of a disappointment”

Blue Jay Lodge

It is nice staying in the open air in the forest like that, and we slept well here as up on a hill gets breezes, and is cool without the drying effect of AC. Did enoy the stay but were glad to move. Also breakfasts are good, but...

1. the resto is very basic - serves just snack food like hamburgers and nachos and same menu for lunch dinner - not really a Fodor's type place at all... you will want to eat out, try Mary's it is awesome!

2. yes it is in the forest but is a very scrappy and dry forest around the huts that has been cut and not very many animals apart from Squirrils and lizards. Huts are close together and overlook other huts and resto.

3. Close to beach is still 10 mins - is NOT right on the beach, but seperated by a horrible dusty dirt road full of traffic day and into the night.

The last two points take away from the forest experience we were expecting.

4. Very noisy and dusty from dirt road - many quads, SUVs and motorbikes. Pool area very dusty and you have to swim with reams of dust wafting across the pool...

5. Walk to get anywhere not really an option - can walk to nice beach but is far if have kids and alot of stuff, 15 mins in plus 30 degrees C heat... Beach not recommended to walk back at night, and horrible dirt road not recommended for walking either - much traffic and dusty... You will need a car to stay here as during busy periods, taxi's won't come as the trip is too short.

6. Not much privacy if other huts close by are occupied.

7. Huts expensive for what they are (80-90 USD)- some are in bad dangerous state of repair (electrics). The steps are very basic and dangerous... Worth 55 - 60 USD IMHO

8. No security as is a simple matter to rip the netting - of course you will keep your valuables in the safe, but still not nice to get broken into as happened to us while we were down the beach.

9. Staff - not overly friendly, but certainly not unfriendly either if you make an effort.

10. Mal Pais is not a very nice place either - not nice for a stroll and the place belongs to quads, dust and surfies. Main reason to go there is the surf.

Summary - if you want a nice place to watch the sunsets, near a nice town, and surrounded by nice jungle and animals, try Ylang Ylang near Motezuma - more expensive though (130-180 USD)...

“Bungalow style living”

Blue Jay Lodge

We spent three nights at the Blue Jay this past November. I was leaning between giving it a three and four dot review.

First and foremost, realize that this is bungalow living - no a/c, open air bungalows, low light, etc. We were the very top bungalow- so had 100 steps up to our bungalow. We had a great view - could see the ocean and the sunsets. The howler monkeys at night and in the a.m. are amazing.

Pros: you are high up in the jungle so you can see and hear a lot of wildlife. The patio is great. Service was great, bungalows were very clean. The breakfasts were probably my favorite in all of Costa Rica - best pinto gallo. The staff is all very friendly and accommodating, and Bruno the dog rocks. You can walk to the beach right across the street - but it is rocky right here. You're better off taking the road from Frank's Place to the main beach. The little swimming pool is perfect - but you may need to ask to have the lights turned on at night. They can arrange tours for you from here.

I highly recommend the canopy tour at the end of the road in Mal Pais. Marby and John were great.

Cons: a lot of things in our bungalow seemed to need fixing - no lock on bathroom door, our door lock to the bungalow was on the verge of falling out, our vanity area light didn't work at all (we tried to change the bulb - must have been electrical. The light in the shower/toilet area worked), and some bugs did get into the bungalow. Mostly some ants, and they were harmless. But if you are a freaky bug person - realize this is not the place for you. Bring a flashlight because the steps up aren't always well lit. I wouldn't stay here if you were elderly, or had other health problems that would mean you can't get up those stairs.

We didn't address any of our issues with staff - we were just too lazy and "no me importa". I'm sure they would have attended to it if we had.

I will post general Mal Pais and Santa Theresa info the forums, and will add photos when we get them.

“LOVED THE BLUE JAY LODGE”

Blue Jay Lodge

As long as you know that this is not a "resort" type place and you have to walk up a hill to get to your bungalow, then you'll be fine. The bungalows are spacious and so clean you could eat off the floor. The wood is polished. There is a ceiling fan and standing fan, a big, spacious deck with 2 hammocks and a beautiful view. The bathrooms are big and clean and there is a separate sink/dressing area for privacy. The bungalow was so nice and comfortable I could have moved in and lived there!

The owners/staff are also so nice and helpful. The restaurant is pleasant and clean but we only ate breakfast there as did most guests. There is also a pretty, secluded pool w/ deck chairs which we frequented a lot and which is a luxury because the ocean is pretty rough and not always swimmable.

I highly recommend the Blue Jay Lodge and cannot wait to go back. Seriously. You will not be disappointed!

“Best deal and accommodations”

Blue Jay Lodge

Most of this place's attractions have been commented on but if you plan on staying in Mal Pais...stay here. A great price on and off-season. Great breakfasts in the morning (with excellent coffee). Close to great beaches but still in the jungle.

Forget your alarm clocks folks... the howler monkeys do the job just fine! What a crazy way to wake up. But it is something you have to experience. We stayed at one of the highest ones (top left) and that is where the monkeys would come in the morning. So cool. Staff is extremely accommodating and friendly. Beautiful bird of paradise plants everywhere. You will see hummingbirds, monkeys (howler and cauchuren), red squirrels, iguanas, parrots and oh of course their dog (unfortunately I forgot his name…)

Oh yeah, great surf a few hundred feet away.

The only downfall (although you won’t really find this anyway in Mal Pais) is it isn’t luxurious…but hey how could it be when you are in the middle of the jungle.

“Blue Jay was great!”

Blue Jay Lodge

My husband & I spent several glorious days at the Blue Jay Lodge in April, 2003. We loved our hut!! Make sure you ask for one high up. We spent many hours lying in the hammocks on our porch. We ate breakfast at the lodge each morning & it was very good. We ate at different restaurants in the area each night. We loved being woken up by the howler monkeys early each morning. The Blue Jay Lodge is worth the drive. We can't wait to go back!

“Have a close encounter with the Howler Monkeys!”

Blue Jay Lodge

The Blue Jay Lodge was one of the best experiences we had while touring the wonderful country of Costa Rica. We stayed there in Feb. 2003.

Originally we planned to stay for one night and move on but stayed for 4. The individual cabins are built going up a hill side so you are up among the trees. There are a couple cabins not too high up if you don't like climbing stairs. You wake up in the morning to the sound of the Howler monkeys in the jungle outside your cabin...what a rush! There are 3 sides of the cabin with heavy netting and bamboo blinds you can drop down if you wish. There is a modern bathroom in behind the bedroom area...with a large window looking out into the jungle in the shower.

That took a bit of getting use to! There is also a deck with hammocks.

The owners and staff are very friendly, making you feel right at home.

We enjoyed the meals in the restaurant a lot even though there is a limited menu. The beach is just a short walk across the road and though some trees. There is a nice swimming area that is protected by a small reef that has some snorkelling...a bit hard to access at low tide. The surf beach is just a short ways down from this area so you have the opportunity to watch even if you are not taking part. This is not a luxury resort but a place to go to experience Costa Rica as if you were part of the wildlife in the jungle.

 

“A fun treehouse”

Blue Jay Lodge

We loved our stay at the Blue Jay Lodge. We looked into some hotels in the area at the last minute and found the price at the Blue Jay totally reasonable. I wouldn't describe it as luxury, but comfortable, clean and basic. Best of all we had three whole walls of screens giving us the feel of trees all around us! It was wild! We noticed five or six bats hanging out in the screen right above our door, a foot above our head. Later, while loading our surfboards on top of our car we discovered a long, thin, brown snake just hanging out on the roof of our car. If you think there is no wildlife around, think again.

I was happy that our neighbors were very considerate after realizing they were talking fairly loud and we could hear every word-another aspect of missing three walls. We stayed for one night and had a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs and beans the next morning. We thought it was a fun, unigue experience.

“bit of a disappointment”

Blue Jay Lodge

It is nice staying in the open air in the forest like that, and we slept well here as up on a hill gets breezes, and is cool without the drying effect of AC. Did enoy the stay but were glad to move. Also breakfasts are good, but...

1. the resto is very basic - serves just snack food like hamburgers and nachos and same menu for lunch dinner - not really a Fodor's type place at all... you will want to eat out, try Mary's it is awesome!

2. yes it is in the forest but is a very scrappy and dry forest around the huts that has been cut and not very many animals apart from Squirrils and lizards. Huts are close together and overlook other huts and resto.

3. Close to beach is still 10 mins - is NOT right on the beach, but seperated by a horrible dusty dirt road full of traffic day and into the night.

The last two points take away from the forest experience we were expecting.

4. Very noisy and dusty from dirt road - many quads, SUVs and motorbikes. Pool area very dusty and you have to swim with reams of dust wafting across the pool...

5. Walk to get anywhere not really an option - can walk to nice beach but is far if have kids and alot of stuff, 15 mins in plus 30 degrees C heat... Beach not recommended to walk back at night, and horrible dirt road not recommended for walking either - much traffic and dusty... You will need a car to stay here as during busy periods, taxi's won't come as the trip is too short.

6. Not much privacy if other huts close by are occupied.

7. Huts expensive for what they are (80-90 USD)- some are in bad dangerous state of repair (electrics). The steps are very basic and dangerous... Worth 55 - 60 USD IMHO

8. No security as is a simple matter to rip the netting - of course you will keep your valuables in the safe, but still not nice to get broken into as happened to us while we were down the beach.

9. Staff - not overly friendly, but certainly not unfriendly either if you make an effort.

10. Mal Pais is not a very nice place either - not nice for a stroll and the place belongs to quads, dust and surfies. Main reason to go there is the surf.

Summary - if you want a nice place to watch the sunsets, near a nice town, and surrounded by nice jungle and animals, try Ylang Ylang near Motezuma - more expensive though (130-180 USD)...

“Bungalow style living”

Blue Jay Lodge

We spent three nights at the Blue Jay this past November. I was leaning between giving it a three and four dot review.

First and foremost, realize that this is bungalow living - no a/c, open air bungalows, low light, etc. We were the very top bungalow- so had 100 steps up to our bungalow. We had a great view - could see the ocean and the sunsets. The howler monkeys at night and in the a.m. are amazing.

Pros: you are high up in the jungle so you can see and hear a lot of wildlife. The patio is great. Service was great, bungalows were very clean. The breakfasts were probably my favorite in all of Costa Rica - best pinto gallo. The staff is all very friendly and accommodating, and Bruno the dog rocks. You can walk to the beach right across the street - but it is rocky right here. You're better off taking the road from Frank's Place to the main beach. The little swimming pool is perfect - but you may need to ask to have the lights turned on at night. They can arrange tours for you from here.

I highly recommend the canopy tour at the end of the road in Mal Pais. Marby and John were great.

Cons: a lot of things in our bungalow seemed to need fixing - no lock on bathroom door, our door lock to the bungalow was on the verge of falling out, our vanity area light didn't work at all (we tried to change the bulb - must have been electrical. The light in the shower/toilet area worked), and some bugs did get into the bungalow. Mostly some ants, and they were harmless. But if you are a freaky bug person - realize this is not the place for you. Bring a flashlight because the steps up aren't always well lit. I wouldn't stay here if you were elderly, or had other health problems that would mean you can't get up those stairs.

We didn't address any of our issues with staff - we were just too lazy and "no me importa". I'm sure they would have attended to it if we had.

I will post general Mal Pais and Santa Theresa info the forums, and will add photos when we get them.

“LOVED THE BLUE JAY LODGE”

Blue Jay Lodge

As long as you know that this is not a "resort" type place and you have to walk up a hill to get to your bungalow, then you'll be fine. The bungalows are spacious and so clean you could eat off the floor. The wood is polished. There is a ceiling fan and standing fan, a big, spacious deck with 2 hammocks and a beautiful view. The bathrooms are big and clean and there is a separate sink/dressing area for privacy. The bungalow was so nice and comfortable I could have moved in and lived there!

The owners/staff are also so nice and helpful. The restaurant is pleasant and clean but we only ate breakfast there as did most guests. There is also a pretty, secluded pool w/ deck chairs which we frequented a lot and which is a luxury because the ocean is pretty rough and not always swimmable.

I highly recommend the Blue Jay Lodge and cannot wait to go back. Seriously. You will not be disappointed!

“Best deal and accommodations”

Blue Jay Lodge

Most of this place's attractions have been commented on but if you plan on staying in Mal Pais...stay here. A great price on and off-season. Great breakfasts in the morning (with excellent coffee). Close to great beaches but still in the jungle.

Forget your alarm clocks folks... the howler monkeys do the job just fine! What a crazy way to wake up. But it is something you have to experience. We stayed at one of the highest ones (top left) and that is where the monkeys would come in the morning. So cool. Staff is extremely accommodating and friendly. Beautiful bird of paradise plants everywhere. You will see hummingbirds, monkeys (howler and cauchuren), red squirrels, iguanas, parrots and oh of course their dog (unfortunately I forgot his name…)

Oh yeah, great surf a few hundred feet away.

The only downfall (although you won’t really find this anyway in Mal Pais) is it isn’t luxurious…but hey how could it be when you are in the middle of the jungle.

“Blue Jay was great!”

Blue Jay Lodge

My husband & I spent several glorious days at the Blue Jay Lodge in April, 2003. We loved our hut!! Make sure you ask for one high up. We spent many hours lying in the hammocks on our porch. We ate breakfast at the lodge each morning & it was very good. We ate at different restaurants in the area each night. We loved being woken up by the howler monkeys early each morning. The Blue Jay Lodge is worth the drive. We can't wait to go back!

“Have a close encounter with the Howler Monkeys!”

Blue Jay Lodge

The Blue Jay Lodge was one of the best experiences we had while touring the wonderful country of Costa Rica. We stayed there in Feb. 2003.

Originally we planned to stay for one night and move on but stayed for 4. The individual cabins are built going up a hill side so you are up among the trees. There are a couple cabins not too high up if you don't like climbing stairs. You wake up in the morning to the sound of the Howler monkeys in the jungle outside your cabin...what a rush! There are 3 sides of the cabin with heavy netting and bamboo blinds you can drop down if you wish. There is a modern bathroom in behind the bedroom area...with a large window looking out into the jungle in the shower.

That took a bit of getting use to! There is also a deck with hammocks.

The owners and staff are very friendly, making you feel right at home.

We enjoyed the meals in the restaurant a lot even though there is a limited menu. The beach is just a short walk across the road and though some trees. There is a nice swimming area that is protected by a small reef that has some snorkelling...a bit hard to access at low tide. The surf beach is just a short ways down from this area so you have the opportunity to watch even if you are not taking part. This is not a luxury resort but a place to go to experience Costa Rica as if you were part of the wildlife in the jungle.

 

 

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