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.

Playa Matapalo

Address: Quepos, Costa Rica
Improve this listing
96%
Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Quepos
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Attraction details
Write a Review

30 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    19
    10
    0
    0
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Livonia, Michigan
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Just a special plug for the professional masseurs Xinia and Rebecca at this beach. They were great. They are located beachfront near the RIU Palace in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. You can find them in booth #4.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Beach was deserted and unbelievably beautiful. Be careful of the guys that sell coconuts. they are there to rob you so don't take anything you don't want to lose.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Loved the waves on this beach. Its a bit raw with lots of coconuts on the sand and branches and tree logs, but otherwise a nice beach to surf and catch the sunset. If you're in the area its worth seeing.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Exeter, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Matapalo, great if you are a fab surfer, if not there is not much else here. Great walk to the waterfall just outside Matapalo but good place just to chill and watch the surfers

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Ramon, Costa Rica
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
5 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Great beach, don't wswim alone, it is a beast. You can walk it all the way to Dominical which is about 25 -35 miles south

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dodge Center, Minnesota
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

We went horseback riding with Oliver V from Nuevo Colon Tours. He showed us many birds and trees and monkeys. We had a good time, beautiful horses. Oliver was charming.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We drove down from quespos and pulled into a beautiful sandy beach that stretched on in miles as far as the eye could see. There is a turtle egg conservation hatchery on the beach. At this time of year it was isolated!!! The water was warm but perhaps only for swimming if you were careful as there was a fair... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing