This place is co-owned by a couple in Austria who still handle bookings through their website and a newer couple who live there and run the place, Loki and Mauren. They were out of town for most of our stay, and it was managed by a man named Alex. He was very helpful and took us on walks to see sloths in trees, and also guided a kayaking trip we went on. Getting to the hotel is a 3 hour drive and they organized a driver from the airport for $140US.
The location is absolutely beautiful, right on 47km of undeveloped beach with no crowds. The little town of Matapalo, though, and the area around Bahari, has close to nothing going on. Apparently everything closed down about 2 years ago when the government enforced harsher taxes on beach establishments. Very quiet and not a lot of young people around. Beach is fun for surfing but they had very limited surf boards at the hotel for $20 a day. We rented from another place up the road but then had to wait for someone from the hotel to help us to get them for us. We often saw lots of monkeys in the trees around the bungalow.
Complaint: food. Their website says:
"Let yourself be surprised by little snacks
like shrimp cocktails or Triangolos (pastry stuffed
with meat or cheese) and cool refreshments during
the day. Enjoy delicious seafood for dinner, caught
during the day by the local fishermen. Or savor a
steak, grilled by the landlord personally and already
famous far beyond Matapolo. Get to know costa-
rican specialities made by our much valued native
cook and end the day with a good-night drink of
While they give you a breakfast of fruit and eggs or pancakes, they do not have a restaurant/cook, so you are left to your own devices for lunch and dinner, which isn't easy especially if you don't have a car. We were only told this upon arrival. We borrowed the 2 bicycles they had and rode about 2km to a seafood restaurant, and one time walked along the beach to an older couple who run a place they call Tiko Gringo which is really just their backyard and had dinner there. Bahari also lets you use their kitchen if you buy your own supplies, which we did.
Although staff was in the kitchen area for breakfast, for the rest of the day there was often nobody around. When Loki and Mauren came back and took over from Alex, on our last couple of days we would have to go to their private house at the back of the resort if we needed help with anything.
- Also Known As:
- Bahari Beach Bungalows Hotel Province Of Puntarenas
- Bahari Beach Hotel
- Hotel Bahari Beach
- Bahari Beach Bungalows Costa Rica/Playa Matapalo