Matapalo Guanacaste

Matapalo is a small town in the Guanacaste region, near the Pacific Coast. It is a 10-minute drive from beaches along the Tamarindo Bay, like Playa Grande and Playa Ventanas. From Matapalo it takes 15 minutes to drive to Las Baulas National Marine Park. Matapalo has a few stores and small park.

Matapalo Guanacaste Best Things to Do

Diamante Horseback Riding , Costa Rica
Diamante Horseback Riding Matapalo Guanacaste

Go for a horseback ride to see the Matapalo countryside. Riding horseback is the ideal pace for drinking in the intense scenery.

Horseback Riding
Discovery Pass, Costa Rica
Discovery PassMatapalo Guanacaste

Diamante Eco Adventure Park is in Costa Rica’s rural Guanacaste region. Guanacaste is known for its rainforests and beaches, and colorful wildlife. This park is committed to eco-tourism and works hard to make sure the local plants and animals stay healthy.

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Area Guide

Beaches in Guanacaste are famous for their deep blue and turquoise waters. Some of these beaches offer good surfing conditions. Las Baulas National Marine Park also has an impressive coastline which is lined with mangrove forests – this area serves as a destination for nature tours and kayaking voyages.

Leatherback sea turtles use Las Baulas National Marine Park's beaches as a nesting ground, and during the nesting season visitors can come here to see these endangered animals. From March to October they lay eggs, and at certain points during this period it is possible to see baby sea turtles emerging from their eggs and making their way to the ocean.

Feedback From Travelers

Beautiful landscape. This country makes preservation a priority. Enjoy yourself and don’t take anything for granted!

- DEAN F, OCT 2019

Our trip to Matapalo was very exciting as we went zip lining and visited animal sanctuary.

- SARA C, JUL 2018

We saw lots iguanas, monkeys and turtles just by walking on the beach, it’s a lovely place.

- TING Y, JAN 2018