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How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

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How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

Hi, guys! We were looking at staying at Casa Chameleon for a future trip. Has anyone stayed there? What did you think?

Also, what would you recommend we do in the Mal Pais area? Are there good places to spot wildlife? Any fun adventure activities? Thanks for any guidance you can give.

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1. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

I'd like to know as well. I just booked our honeymoon there today for March of next year. Hey, I'm from Houston too; That'd be awsome if we were there at the same time... Texans taking over!!!! =-P

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2. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

Stayed there a few years ago great food remote

surfing lots of wildlife at nearby Cabo Blanco NP

oldest in CR...liked it a lot a cut above.

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3. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

Thanks gwo, how long does it take to get to Cabo Blanco from there? Are taxis available in that area, or do you need to have a car?

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4. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

Swift, congrats on your marriage! CC looks like a wonderful place for a honeymoon!

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5. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

vg - it takes about 45 minutes over a dirt road. Taxi's are available, you can arrange a time for them to come back and get you. However if you're staying at CC I would have a car anyway since it's up off the road and would be a good amount of walking to get food or the beach. Also check for the closing times at the park, when I was there they were only open 5 days a week.

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6. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

Thanks, midori - do you know if there's a place in Mal Pais where we could rent a car?

Are there any other activities you guys would recommend in Mal Pais?

Any restaurant suggestions would be awesome too.

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7. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

Budget has a new rental car place in Mal Pais. Don't know how big it is though, I just saw it online today when I was looking. I know that Tambor has a Budget place there as well, which is what I will most likely be doing, since we will be flying from San Jose. Ok, here's an open question to anyone who knows... What's the deal with Budget's rental prices? I go to their Costa Rica website and I get quoted $250 more than the main/U.S. website, for same car, dates, coverage, etc. I have called Budgets U.S. and Non-U.S. customer service centers to have yet to receive an answer of 1) why this is the case and 2) if the local Costa Rica office will offer the booking price, if I book through the main budget.com web site (which does have Tambor as a location). I now have two e-mails, one to each Budget location (U.S. and non U.S.) to see if I can get an answer. If anyone has any info. or has experienced this before, please let us know. Thanks.

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8. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

I would check out Solid too. I just rented with them in Dominical but pretty sure they have a place in MP/ST too. Great rates, and I'd see if they have a discount thru your hotel which is often the case. The beach of course is great, if you walk down Santa Teresa beach (away from Mal Pais) they have some great tide pools and calmer waters. The canopy tour is okay, about $35 I think if you want to do that. The place Camelon (I think is the spelling) had great food, it's on the ST side. Most places I ate were just little sodas/small restaurants; you'll find the wider range of places to eat in ST right after the crossroads. Other than the canopy tour and the day at Cabo Blanco I didn't "do" much for 6 nights, just wandered around the beaches and relaxed! Great place to do it.

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9. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

Is Mal Pais consistently dry and dusty? We really love how green CR is in July when we usually go - does it ever get green like that in Mal Pais?

I guess the good news is less rain on the trip!

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10. Re: How is Casa Chameleon and Mal Pais?

Hi Volcanogirl!

Mal Pais and area is green and lush in Nov. and early Dec. The dust begins to fly around the end of Dec., beginning of Jan. and gets more and more dusty into May when the rains begin.

Alamo is another rental car agency in the area.