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Playa Matapalo

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Address: Quepos, Costa Rica
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+506 5010 6220

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Nice for long beach walk

I had an extra day in Liberia and wanted something outdoors and not expensive. At first I couldn't find public transportation info online but a tico friend assured me I would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Joanne H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had an extra day in Liberia and wanted something outdoors and not expensive. At first I couldn't find public transportation info online but a tico friend assured me I would find a bus. I speak Spanish so asking for info and help is a but easier. From the main bus terminal in Liberia (not Pulmitan) ask for the bus... More 

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Thank Joanne H
Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

I enjoyed Playa Matapalo a lot. It's a nice salt and pepper beach. The trees and area around it are scenic and nice. It's not very crowded which is good. We took some great sunset pictures from the beach.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

This beach is very quiet, very peaceful and off the beaten path. Away from the busier tourist beaches, such as Playa Espadilla and Biesanz, this beach is great if you want to get away from everything. Great little restaurant close by that serves up the best food I have ever had but the name escapes me at the moment...Great waves... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Great quiet beach away from the crows in nearby Manuel Antonio. great views of the shoreline, jungle and hills and mountains in the distance.

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Thank Mark S
Olathe, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

This is a nice beach, a bit off the beaten track but accessible. Lots of locals. It was clean and there were families around, but we were asked for money by someone as we were getting into our car, and felt a bit unsafe. Was hoping to see more turtle activity. It's pretty, but there's just not much there. But... More 

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1 Thank WendyB_Traveler
Los Chiles, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

great beach for long walks dont leave things on the beach just like anywere it wont be there when you come back , lots of wild life, its a must it calm and just GREAT

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Devon, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

We were here 5 years ago, when the only hotel was the Riu Guenacaste and the beach outside the hotel was delightful. There were a great number of trees providing shade and the beach was sandy (volcanic ash, turns black when wet) and the abundant wildlife was visible without leaving the sunbeds and we spent our days on this beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

Almost no one on the beach so can enjoy long walks. Not a swimming beach. Beautiful sunsets. Some good waves for surfing too. Don't leave valuables. (like anywhere in the world)

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

This is my favourite Costa Rican beach so far. I have seen a few. Quiet. Remote, but not too remote. Endless sand. Uncrowded. Great sunsets.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2016

We stayed at the Riu palace Guanacaste hotel but spent a lot of time on the beach for its peacefulness and this is a good way to meet the locals. Near the hotel, on the beach, you can get massages, I would highly recommend DEY (DEYRIS) or CAROL, 2 wonderful ladies, who will make you feel great, they are properly... More 

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