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Cabo Matapalo

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South Costa Rica : Cabo Matapalo
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Matapalo is a village in South Costa Rica. It is inbetween Puerto Jimenez and Carate (southern entrance to Corcovado National Park), Osa Peninsula.

Get in[edit]

There is a Collectivo/Bus twice a day from Puerto Jimenez for 4 US$. One leaves at 6 am and the other at 1.30 pm de Puerto Jimenez. Buy your return ticket when you buy you ticket to go there.

Hitchhiking might be possible as well since there is quite some traffic.

Get around[edit]

Most of the people walk or have motocycles/quads. It s a small place so you can walk everywhere.


Monkeys, waterfalls, amazing beaches, surfers, snakes, birds, ...

Be sure to visit the King Louis Waterfall, accessed from the stream running into Playa Matapalo. Just follow the stream up about a half mile (you'll have to hike through it, so wear shoes that you'll get wet). This is a spectacular 90 foot fall.


Surfing at Playa Matapalo is for experienced surfers. If you are there at the right time you can get huge waves with a nice break.

The Pan Dulce beach is a beach for beginners. Surfboards can be rented for around 20 US$ por dia.


There is nothing to buy in Cabo Matapalo. There is a Restaurant with high prices so prepare yourself before taking of in Puerto Jimenez


One high prized Restaurant serves Breakfast for 10 US$.


Water from the Waterfall.


There are several High Class establishments (more than 200 US$) and a few budget places like Osa la Vida (15 US$ per person) and you might want to talk to the owner of Finca Roca Dura at the end of Playa Matapalo.

Like everywhere in Costa Rica camping on beaches is absolutley legal. Since there is a Waterfall for showers and drinmking water at 10 min. walk to Playa Matapalo you might consider camping on the beach. It s safe!


Get out[edit]

The Colectivo pases at 9.30 am an 4.30 am at the entrance of the village. Hitchhiking might be possible as well since there is quite some traffic.

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