Malpais and Santa Teresa Real Estate

Santa Teresa and Malpais - Overhead View

Welcome to Costa Rica, and especially to the Malpais / Santa Teresa area, which we think you’ll agree is the best place to live or invest in the country. More info on this area:

We have the most listings of any real estate company in the area, and will work very hard not only to find your dream property in the Malpais area, but to help you through all the steps of buying and then enjoying your purchase.

The first step is to make sure that you understand what you’re buying and why investing in this part of Costa Rica is a great idea. Click here: Investing in Costa Rica to read all about this. We think you’ll be convinced that investing here is a smart decision. More info on Costa Rica:

Second, finding your property. There is no MLS system in Costa Rica, so each realtor finds their own listings. We have the most listings of any company in the area, and we also have listings in the neighboring areas of Montezuma, Manzanillo, Tambor, and Cabuya. After we meet you, we might recommend one of these areas instead, depending on what we think will make you happiest.

Third, going through the buying process. In most cases, foreigners have the same property rights as Costa Ricans, and unlike a place like Mexico, you can buy titled land which is in your name. You can purchase title insurance through Stewart Title if you like. There are plenty of bad lawyers in Costa Rica, but we will recommend a few great ones who speak English and will make sure everything goes smoothly for you. Generally, the buying process is much easier in Costa Rica than in the U.S., Canada, or Europe.

Fourth, enjoying your purchase. We will recommend and provide several options of excellent architects and builders. Then, when you are ready to move or rent your place, we will help you with rentals, property management, or relocating to Costa Rica permanently.

If you’re interested in renting a home in the area while looking at real estate here, try Malpais Vacation Home Rentals and if you’re looking for a hotel, click here on our Malpais Hotels guide: guide.

In general, Malpais and Santa Teresa are among the very best places in Costa Rica. is among the best in Costa Rica. Santa Teresa was recently awarded by Trip Advisor as the #1 highest-rated travel location in ALL of both Central and South America. Malpais and Montezuma both have many of the best restaurants in the entire country, since many international chefs have moved to the area. The area is also a major center of Costa Rica Yoga (such as with over a dozen places to learn/practice and many yoga retreats and surf+yoga retreat combinations.