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1 Km North of the Soccer Field, Beach Road, Playa Matapalo Costa Rica
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#1 of 5 Specialty lodging in Playa Matapalo
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Dutch
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Horseback riding
Car hire
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Private beach
Seating area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Coffee / tea maker
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Carolin wrote a review May 2020
Berlin, Germany32 contributions2 helpful votes
If you're looking for a quiet and pieceful stay, surrounded by nature, this is your place!! Located at a miles long beach, where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and beach walks collecting sand dollars (see picture), you just don't want to leave. It is also the best place to see sloths!! Alex can guide you around and you will see a bunch of sloths just around the beach camp! They also offer a sloth safari. I combined it with the kayak tour and it was just amazing. Starting at sunrise we saw the whole nature awakening. You get really deep into the mangroves and we spotted a lot of birds, crabs and monkeys. I love this place and can't wait to be back!!
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Date of stay: December 2019
MarinaM wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom17 contributions4 helpful votes
We had an amazing and peaceful time Kayaking through river and mangroves,away from anything noisy and touristic that Manuel Antonio area offers. Lautjie is the owner and was very welcoming and accommodating. Alex led the kayak trip and he was lovely to talk to and very patient with us.The rest of the group cancelled so we had a private tour and a sloth safari at the end of the route,on our way back to the camp. Half way in the route we had a stop at a beach Island for a bite and a drink. We saw endless birds along the river banks,a monkey and sloth once closer to mangroves and plenty of crabs. The route is solely run by rafiki,hence away from all other kayak tours. We would definitely recommend the 3 hour kayak with Alex. Thank you guys!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Bettina R wrote a review Mar 2020
Zurich, Switzerland24 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an absolutely wonderful experience at Rafiki Beach Camp. It was so peaceful! Lots of animals, a beautiful, sandy beach with next to no people, a fantastic kayak tour with our guide Alex to the mangroves - one of the highlights of our 3 week trip - and four days of peace and quiet. We would recommend it to anyone looking for some time to connect back with nature. 🌴⛺️☀️🇨🇷
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Debbie wrote a review Jan 2020
Boulder, Colorado1 contribution
I have never before written a negative travel review (or any negative review) but feel compelled to share this so as to save someone else from the stress of this visit. Our stay at the Rafiki Beach Resort ranks as possibly my worst travel experience and not at all as marketed. I spent $2,000 on this 5-night visit to their two properties and felt quite misled by the beach camp. When I first reached out to the owner last summer to discuss whether Rafiki was a good fit, I was clear I’d be traveling alone with two children and our most important needs were quiet, restful time/space, safety and fun. Lautjie assured me that the beach would be very quiet other than perhaps a “few” fireworks “down” the beach on New Years’ Eve ending just after midnight. I asked repeatedly about the quiet and emphasized our need for that. He marketed a private and "relaxing" beach resort with peace and just a few families around. I was NEVER told that our tent was on a public beach. Bottom line: there were loud dogs barking starting at 5:30am, people partying (his staff!) until 2am a few feet from our tent and incessant cigarette and cooking smoke inundating our tent all day. It was not at all private and not at all peaceful or restful.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Mari W wrote a review Jan 2020
Oslo, Norway12 contributions1 helpful vote
We absolutely loved staying at Rafiki beach camp, this small place right on the beautiful Matapalo beach. Our tent was very comfortable and clean, and faced the ocean. The whole place had a relaxing vibe and a great atmosphere. The best thing about the whole stay, was the owners and staff of the camp. They were so welcoming, friendly and helpful under our whole stay. We already miss it and hope to come back one day.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rafiki Beach Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Rafiki Beach Camp?
Nearby attractions include Playa Matapalo (0.06 miles) and Eco Termales (4.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rafiki Beach Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Rafiki Beach Camp?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a refrigerator, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Rafiki Beach Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Rafiki Beach Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rafiki Beach Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Langosta Feliz, El Express del Pacifico, and El Patio Cafe & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rafiki Beach Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Rafiki Beach Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Rafiki Beach Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rafiki Beach Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Dutch.
Does Rafiki Beach Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.