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Address: Quepos, Costa Rica

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Quiet, Secluded Beach with No Amenities

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica

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Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

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 

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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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.

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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 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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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 

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London, United Kingdom
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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 

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Beloit, Wisconsin
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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.

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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 

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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you are in the vicinity of playa matapalo or staying at hotel Riu you must get a massage from Isabel . She has her stand on the beach . It's one of the best massage I have got .. $40 /hour . Worth every penny . After a day of hiking , walking , swimming just getting a massage... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We spent a day here with some friends we made who live in Costa Rica. The father bought a bunch of pipas for us to drink and they were awesome! We didn't feel like they were there to rob us, BUT that may have been because of who we were with. They also visit this beach 2x/month and buy from... More 

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Address: Quepos, Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Quepos

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