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Playa Matapalo

Quepos, Costa Rica
+506 5010 6220
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Small-Group Beach Hopping and Surf Lesson Experience from Manuel Antonio
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Quepos, Costa Rica
+506 5010 6220
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Well worth the trip! We took a bus from Quepos. Cheap but took a long time! Nobody in site! We had whole place to ourselves! Rented a surf board. Waves were perfect and board itself junk! Very seldom do I ever get to surf with...More

1  Thank Fdelidude
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Excellent beach to spend the day. You can go for really long walks, go surfing or boogie boarding, horseback riding, or just hang out. Like any beach in Costa Rica you need to park safely ... preferably near other cars, and best yet, by a...More

1  Thank Gringa-tica28
Reviewed 24 September 2017

All though this is not a white sand beach it is still pretty with views of mountains and volcono felt very safe on this beach and was on it by 5 30 am most days lovely walks and plenty of wildlife to see turtles monkeys...More

Thank dariandoreen
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Don't go unless you need an empty beach. Go to Dominical instead. Further down the road is the small town of Utiva and it's cool to go up to San Isidro de General. 1-15 degrees cooler than the beach.

Thank tomnsarchi
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a very nice beach, but is not safe. You will get robbed by one of the locals that do this kind of activity to all the tourists that visit this beach. In stead go to Playa Linda that is the next beach north.

3  Thank mbraganca
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Spent a half day at this beach located south of Manuel Antonio. Very few people made this a quiet place to relax. The town is also very laid back and not as busy as the more popular beaches. The sand here is a little darker...More

2  Thank Anthony066
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This is a remote location but the beaches are secluded and wonderful. We stayed at the Dreamy Contentmemt.

2  Thank Streamlinehr
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

A truly beautiful beach. Nice swimming, quiet & uncrowded. Spectacular west coast sunsets. A laid back lil town with your basic needs, a few stores & eateries.

1  Thank LanceandKat
Reviewed 2 March 2017

almost nobody on this paradise beach, wonderful spot for swimming & sun bath, and an "atardecer" (sunset) of great beauty

2  Thank BeaShapira
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We have spent days on this beach and have enjoyed mornings and sunsets so much to do there - the homemade ceviche' is fabulous and the sunsets at the lounge on the beach is great

1  Thank porteadsmarina
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