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              Recent Playa Matapalo Reviews

              Peaceful privacy yet in proximity to other things

              5 of 5
              If you’re looking for a place to stumble back to after a night of partying in the crowded and noisy night club next door, this is NOT the place for you! On the other hand, if you are looking for a beautiful, quite, and private home ON THE BEACH, put this one at the top of your list. The pictures and description of the home are exactly representative of the home except that the owner and staff had a pool installed on the property prior to our arrival! This is a perfect place for a couple or two (or small family) to truly enjoy and internalize “Pura Vida”, the pure life of Costa Rica. This casa is located in a less touristy, less commercialized area of the country, though sightseeing opportunities abound. Most of our days were spent getting to know the area through “turns of opportunity” along the west central coast and through the jungles. We organized some horseback riding with the assistance of the owner: Our caballero rode down the beach to Casa Mango Morado with two horses tethered and one 2-month old stallion colt running freely along! We rode 6 km down the beach and while passing numerous turtle nesting areas and beautiful ocean vistas, we only passed two people. Our ride then took us to the mangroves and a stroll back on a path where the jungle meets the ocean. We saw 5 sloths, a black eagle, and numerous other colorful birds. What a great adventure! The casa is very comfortably appointed and the kitchen area is very nicely fit out. There is a convenience store a short walk down the beach or by car on the gravel road. A “proper” grocery store is found a short bit south near Dominical. Our favorite restaurant (that we visited multiple times) is only about 2 km from the casa, right on the coastal highway. The casa is air conditioned in zones but we didn’t use it at all. We preferred to sleep in the ocean side room with the windows open enjoying the sounds of the pounding surf while it lulled us to sleep. Be forewarned though that if you sleep with the windows open you may be awoken in the morning…there was a troop of at least a dozen capuchin monkey’s that regularly traverse though the property, tree to tree ;-) The owner permitted us to pick limes from the tree on the property for our refreshing beverages and cocktails. I suspect that if we desired, we would have been welcome to coconuts too. I could keep going on about the virtues of the property, owner, and staff, but I think you get the message: This is a great place!
              • Submitted: Oct 09, 2017
              • Stayed: Sep 2017