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“15 kilometers of isolated beach” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Playa Matapalo

Playa Matapalo
Quepos, Costa Rica
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Quepos
Type: Beaches
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Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“15 kilometers of isolated beach”
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 amount of surf and maybe riptides. Swim in Manuel Antonio instead.

Visited November 2013
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New York
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“The great hideaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

If you want solice and on a deserted beach but still easily accessible, here it is. Looking at google earth when I got back i think that beach runs all the way to Dominical which is 20? miles further south. A rip roaring son of a gun. I wouldn't swin in tht monster. Saw no construction after the 1/2 mile debarking from the soccer field. A few cows. Matapalo is a little hard to find, just a little sign on Rt 34 , and then you go into town and try to figure out where the beach is, about 3km. Well worth it. BYO everything.

Visited June 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Beautiful beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Remote, beautiful beach and gorgeous surrroundings. Sea is rough, with some rip currents but there was a lifeguard the day we visited.
A must see

Visited July 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Almost endless black sand beach that fades into the mist at both ends.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

You might find that your footsteps are the only ones on the beach. Having said that, there are no lifeguards, so swimming at your own risk; you should know how to read waves and rips. There were no flags on the beach when we were there. Bring your own food and refreshments as there are no beach concessions (good thing). Park near (not under) the coconut palms so you can see your car. I felt safe there in the solitude (unlike some other lonely stretches that seemed a little sketchier) but just judiciously cautious regarding ones belongings in the trunk. Whenever traveling for the day, leave what you can in your hotel safe; don't be a target.

Visited December 2012
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“Love this beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Not busy, always felt safe, and met lots of nice people. It's easy to park and have direct access to your vehicle and the beach

Visited January 2013
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