About Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica

Centrally located & no crowds

Are you looking for a special beach destination to relax and unwind; but you don’t want the crowds, you rather stay in a serene and natural surrounding? Go to Playa Matapalo Costa Rica! Matapalo beach is also perfectly suited if you want to visit Manuel Antonio National Park but you don’t want to stay in the bustling tourism area next to the park. Furthermore, Playa Matapalo is just 15 minutes away from the lively surf village of Dominical and 30 minutes away from Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita. Are you going to Corcovado National Park? Playa Matapalo is conveniently located on the main route to this amazing nature park; so relax on the beach a few days before you go to – or when you are coming from – Corcovado.

A Hidden Gem!

Playa Matapalo in Costa Rica is a tranquil beach community along the pacific coast, located in canton Quepos in the province of Puntarenas. It has a gorgeous stretched out sandy beach (no rocks) where you can walk on for miles and miles without seeing another soul. Wildlife, like capuchin monkeys, sloths (both types) and toucans are abundant. The water of the ocean is warm and refreshing 365 days in the year and the stunning sunsets also occur year round. And what about the Matapalo beach weather? Well, we describe it as ‘endless summer’! Altogether, it is not strange that many of our guests at Jardín de los Monos feel that they are staying in paradise.

Many things to do in Playa Matapalo Costa Rica

Playa Matapalo is a great beach to relax on, just sunbath or be active in the water with a body board or surfboard. Playa Matapalo makes a great beach to have your first surf lessons. Another great activity is the horseback riding tour over the beach. It is more than just sitting on the back of a horse, the guide will teach you a lot of things about the flora & fauna that can be found in this stunning natural area. You can also spot wildlife yourself, just by walking around; it is not too difficult to find capuchin monkeys, sloths (both types), toucans, lizards, frogs etc… Another beautiful experience that Matapalo beach may offer you is watching tiny turtles walk into the ocean for the first time. Both Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles nest on the beach (seasonal). There are many more things to do in the close proximity of Playa Matapalo. Besides the 3 national parks, you can go kayaking, rafting, zip lining etc . Please go the following page for more information on things to do in Matapalo beach Costa Rica.

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Good to Know!

Playa Matapalo Costa Rica is the beachside community of the little village called ‘Matapalo’, a paved road of about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) connects the 2. The roads in Playa Matapalo are mostly paved now, you do not need a 4×4 car. More restaurants have been opening up and Matapalo has now a great selection of good restaurants and soda’s.  You can also find some mini-markets in Matapalo; but keep in mind that the selection is limited. The supermarket in Dominical offers a somewhat wider selection and in Dominical you can also find the nearest ATM (No ATM in Matapalo). Both Quepos and Uvita offer a wider selection of ATM’s and supermarkets. We strongly recommend to come with a (rental) car to Playa Matapalo. There are no Taxi’s in Matapalo and public busses only stop in Matapalo village (2.3 km or 1.3 mi from our Bed and Breakfast). Please go to our car rental page in case you still need to rent a car. We also have a Playa Matapalo Map available.