PLAYA MATAPALO, COSTA RICA
PLAYA MATAPALO, COSTA RICA – MATAPALO BEACH
|The jungle backdrop and volcanic sand of Playa Matapalo|
Pura Vida – Playa Matapalo/Matapalo Beach Costa Rica. The secret beaches of the Riu Guanacaste and Riu Palace, Costa Rica
|A room with the view – The 5th floor of the Riu Guanacaste hotel overlooking Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica|
|Sunsets from Matapalo Beach, Costa Rica|
The tranquil setting of Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica is not unlike the other Pacific coast beaches of Central America, although it’s access points make it very untypical in the perspective of my usual travel style. Situated in a deep bay with imposing rocky headlands to the left and more to the right. This Pacific coast beach is unusually wind free most of the time. Playa Matapalo isn’t spared of the usual Latin hustle, the same hustle that can be found on almost any beach anywhere in Latin America. The sellers are ever present on the private beach of Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica despite its seclusion. Handbags, pottery, jewelry and more you can find the same goods on any beach up this coastline in Costa Rica right down to Peru and up to Mexico.
If you plan on staying at either of the Riu resorts on Playa Matapalo (Riu Palace and Riu Guanacaste) you’ll have exclusive (along with the sellers) access to the beach. For the benefits of tourists you will find many amenities on the beach. Sun loungers, jet skis and massage therapy are all available. Sun loungers are free of charge on Matapalo Beach, the latter two will come with a price.
THE SUNSETS OF PLAYA MATAPALO, COSTA RICA
Pacific coast sunsets ignite the sky over Playa Matapalo and turn the holidaymakers into silhouettes against the headland back drop as the day turns from light to dark. Playa Matapalo becomes the ideal setting to spend an evening and a sunset stroll is recommended. Note: Sand flies are prolific on this beach and a mere 15 minutes on Playa Matapalo will have you itching for days. Always wear insect repellent with DEET or even better, cover your legs before arriving on the beach for sunset.
Is there anything more tranquil than a Pacific Coast sunset along the shores of a Central American beach? Matapalo Beach/Playa Matapalo is no exception.
|Pura Vida – Costa Rica sunset from Playa Matapalo/Matapalo Beach|
THINGS TO DO IN PLAYA MATAPALO, COSTA RICA – MATAPALO BEACH, COSTA RICA
What to do in Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica?
|The sunset cruise retuning|
|Divers waiting to head out onto the water – Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica|
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PHOTOS FROM PLAYA MATAPALO, COSTA RICA – A WEEK AT MATAPALO BEACH
PLANNING AN ALL INCLUSIVE TRIP TO COSTA RICA?
If you’re planning on booking an all inclusive trip to Costa Rica I’d seriously recommend the Guanacaste area. Check out the Riu resorts, which are the popular Riu Guanacaste and Riu Palace Guanacaste before booking and have a browse of what each offers. I’d be happy staying at either the Riu Palace, Costa Rica or Riu Guanacaste, Costa Rica they are a million times the upgrade from my usual backpacker accommodation.
My time in Playa Matapalo was in an all inclusive resort at the Riu Guanacaste was a first for me, as I’ve never actually been on an all inclusive holiday. Initially I was worried that I’d be bored or experience cabin fever, but thanks to the mass of things to do within the resort I didn’t once find myself getting bored. When you’re planning an all inclusive trip make sure you review all the activities and facilities first and the local transport options available along with excursions to ensure there will be enough for you to do.