We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: , Quepos, Costa Rica
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 43 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Beautiful Beach

Been there for a stop by prior heading to the waterfalls and the hike. Must say its a beautiful beach where we missed to spend a good time there. Bought a coconut for 1$ from a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
Nadim_adel
,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Similar Things to Do in Quepos

Add Photo Write a Review

43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Been there for a stop by prior heading to the waterfalls and the hike. Must say its a beautiful beach where we missed to spend a good time there. Bought a coconut for 1$ from a local guy who was selling them at the beach and must say it was extremely tasty....

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I can't say enough about this beach! It was so quiet and beautiful! Besides a few smaller resorts, we felt like we were the only ones!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We LOVE this beach. It's quiet and not commercialized. We often head here for an hour or two for a quick dip in the ocean and a bit of play in the sand. The dog loves running in the surf with us. Low tide is best for playing with young kids (isn't that most often the case). There are no... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Coconut Creek, Florida
Level Contributor
19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

It is a very quite beach, but you need a car to get there and you need to bring your own food. There is no showers though.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is one of my favorite stops when en route from Manual Antonio Beach area to Dominical beach area. This area is quiet except for sound of the surf pounding on the shoreline. Great surfing as per locals. Did not see any tourists, just homegrown locals. Surf type, if ya know what I'm talking about. Matapalo is where the rain... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
245 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

While traveling the Pacific Cost of Costa Rica this year we stopped here to take in this little Playa we found when in Quepos. This is a very nice, quiet playa that is well maintained. There were not a lot of people on the day we went, during the week. We liked it enough to take in the beauty offered... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I spent a week here volunteering at the sea turtle conservation just out of season so it was very quiet. The beaches were empty and the weather, despite it being storm season, was perfect. The locals are on hand to help you with surf lessons, sports, picking coconuts fresh from the trees and embarrassingly in my case, rescuing you when... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beloit, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

we especially like the turtle nesting project. the beach was not crowded and did not have trash. we saw a lot of monkeys and birds.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Get away from the busy beaches and learn to surf at Matapalo beach! When you almost reach the beach, turn to the right. After 100m you can see a sign: Matapalo Surf, owned by Daniel. He is living there whole is live so knows the ocean like no other! We took one lesson of an hour and it was great!... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Great beach to spend your afternoon and see the sunset. Clear water, clean sand. Beware of the monkeys, they know how to open your bags and steal your belongings.

Was this review helpful? Yes 6

Travelers who viewed Playa Matapalo also viewed

Quepos, Province of Puntarenas
Quepos, Province of Puntarenas
 
Quepos, Province of Puntarenas
Quepos, Province of Puntarenas
 

Been to Playa Matapalo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Playa Matapalo and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Playa Matapalo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?