Playa Matapalo is a long expanse of flat beach that's about midway
between Quepos and Dominical. It's an easy, but bumpy, 26km (16
miles) south of Quepos on the Costanera Sur. It's nowhere near as
developed as either of those two beaches, but that's part of its
charm. The beach here seems to stretch on forever, and it's usually
deserted. The surf and strong riptides frequently make Matapalo
too rough for swimming, although boogie boarding can be good. Foremost
among this beach's charms are peace and quiet.
Where to Stay
Matapalo is basically a little village; the beach is about 1km
( 1/2 mile) away. There are a few very small and intimate lodges
right on the beach. Of these, the Jungle House (tel./fax 777-2748; www.junglehouse.com) is
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