Playa Matapalo is one of the prettiest beaches in Guanacaste and has become a very popular location in the last few years. Five years ago the Riu Hotel chain built their first of two hotels on the north end of the beach. Today the Riu Palace and Rui Guanacaste accomodate thousands of guests from all over the world introducing them to the beauty of Guanacaste. The once gravel road has now been paved opening up the area and making it only 15 minutes to all the amenities in Playas Del Coco.
The Congo Trail Canopy Tour is located on the way to the beach and the new Diamante Eco Adventure Park just opened in December, right next door to the Riu Hotel. They offer the longest zipline in Costa Rica, ATV and horseback riding tours along with Butterfly Gardens and so much more. The infamous "Monkey Trail", a dirt road short cut to Portrero, Flamingo and Tamarindo is supposed to be paved in the near future which connect the southern beaches with Playa Matapalo and Playas Del Coco.
If you are looking for large 1 1/2 or larger residential lots or homes, the Lomas Del Mar Residential Developement, (7 minutes before Matapalo Beach) is a must see. The development offers ocean view, mountain and valley view lots starting at $ 25,000 and a variety of homes, as close to nature you can find.
There is an Equestrian Center, gym, ocean view community pool and members Look Out Lounge on one of the highest mountains in the development with views that are simple incredible.