Matapalo Beach
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Bruce S
Calgary, Canada83 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is the public beach where the 2 Riu hotels are located. It's the black volcanic grit, not white sand. Nothing to see in the water in terms of snorkeling. Only a few hawkers that aren't very pushy. The far south end past the parking lot has troops of capuchin and howler monkeys, plus a lone spider monkey who escaped from Diamante.
Written March 7, 2020
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Kevin1962060
Norwich, UK740 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
The beach was nice but was volcanic sand which is obviously looks blackish and looks less appealing to the eye.
We walked along the beach to enjoy the views and see the wildlife.
The monkeys are in the trees near the monkey bar.
Lots of Herons diving in the sea for fish.
We also were there early one evening when they released some turtles in to the sea.
Written April 13, 2020
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gills
Hoi An, Vietnam8 contributions
Feb 2020
Scuba Caribe are based at Hotel Rui Guanacaste. Brilliant guys, especially Pye who took us out snorkelling. Easy booking system and fab boat trips to Coco and Tamarindo.
Written February 28, 2020
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Dalesue
38 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Clean natural looking beach edged by forest.Volcanic sand so not typical sand colour.Sand can get very hot so footwear advised if walking.Sea conditions vary and there can be a strong undertow in the sea.
No toilet facilities for the pubic but there is a bar called monkey bar just off the beach to get a beer.
Written December 26, 2019
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Darell C
Vancouver, Canada64 contributions
Nov 2019
I was not prepared for Matapalo Beach. The sand on the beach was a dirty brown, looking out at the waves the ocean looked unsparingly dark. As I walked across the beach heading towards the water I noticed there was virtually no other people, in either direction.
When I got to the water it was the warmest ocean I'd ever felt. At only 9 degrees above the equator I'd never been this close to the equator before.
Playa Matapalo, where we were staying, is a small community, maybe a few hundred, and I assume that's why there were no people generally on the beach. Now, if you drive about 20 klms back down the road to Quepos, hang a left and drive up the hill towards the ocean a kilometer or so, you'll be in Manuel Antonio over looking the ocean about a half a klm below, with all the beach resorts. While Quepos is a small little town like so many in Latin America, Manuel Antonio is like no place you'd ever expect to all of a sudden appear. The high end condos, the shops, the bars, all along about maybe a kilometer of winding road on top of the ridge over looking monkey filled jungle between high end homes going down the hill to the ocean below you. There's a night spot here that at night looks like something out of Monte Carlo! We ended up coming here 3 times over the week, you should too!
There was even a beautiful beach front B&B with a pool for under a $100 a night. I'll send you the name if you can't find it yourself on the internet.
Written December 30, 2019
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jaimster916
Rochester, NY149 contributions
Sep 2019
Nice mix of volcanic black & regular sand beach with lots of area for walking. Good wave jumping and body surfing in the ocean. Lots of sun loungers available without having to get up early. Vendors on beach selling tours & souvenirs are cheaper than hotel prices. Massage ladies not from hotel block the beach enterance and are kinda annoying.
Written October 6, 2019
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traceyfirby
Brigg, UK51 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This beach is OK, kept clean, a nice long walk can be had. You do get a lot of people trying to sell tours, bags, jewellery, cigars and pots, but they do take no for an answer and leave you alone.
Written October 2, 2019
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Puravida_7
Dix Hills, NY237 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Matapalo Beach , south of Quepos, (right off road ).. is a juxtaposition.
On the one hand the beach goes on for miles and miles.. On any given day.. it’s just you and the beach.
No lifeguards, signs warning of dangerous undertows, some Airbnb’s, several eateries.
We stayed at an Airbnb. Most homes are gated, have guard dogs or have been abandoned all together. You’ll see tourist and lots of locales.
Costa Rican law allows any citizen ,40 feet from your property or the Airbnb you’re renting to park themselves Within ear shot.
I mention this because it makes for a precarious
Scenario. NEVER EVER leave your property.. towels, shoes , etc.. you will not find them
Unless there’s a dog or a guard , you will get robbed.
That being said.. The beach is beautiful, dark volcanic sand( avoid light colored bathing suits, difficult to clean).. The weather is mostly Hot, Humid, with occasional bouts of rain( last for awhile)..
we had Monkeys ( 10 capucinos) jumping, pounding on the roof( a little scary).. don’t feed them! They are destructive.
We had several sloths( they carry ticks) never leave the trees, fun to watch them move, like a slow motion movie..
Our biggest concern were the bats . They are active in the evening , fly aggressively towards you.
While we were told not to worry( most locales tell tall tales , so do your homework..).. They do bite
They do carry rabies.. we managed them by focusing our very strong flashlights on them.
The uncertainty and crime in this tiny town
Gives you pause.. we enjoyed our days at the beach, but would not return.
If you are adventurous, you’re within a short drive from Quepos and Domincal.
Written December 29, 2021
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FamilyLloyd
Calgary, Alberta, Canada585 contributions
Jan 2020
lots of chairs, lots of shade, beautiful to walk along, especially in the morning. Birds, monkeys, beautiful trees...
Written February 10, 2020
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malcolm l
Birmingham, UK207 contributions
Mar 2020
Lovely beach it is a volcanic beach so colour is a little brown but still soft sand and very walkable
Written March 31, 2020
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