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duration 2 nights
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Glamping on the beach

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Glamping on the beach

Your glamping destination is definitely special and unique. You find this place in the quiet village of Matapalo on the Pacific coast. Matapalo attracts only a few tourists and breaths the typical laid-back, relaxed atmosphere of Costa Rica’s coastal towns. 

You will stay in a spacious and luxurious safari tent, right at the beach front: the ultimate location for glamping at the beach in Costa Rica! Wake up with the sound of the waves and choose if you want a morning dive in the sea or in the pool next to your tent. Breakfast is included in your stay, for lunch and dinner, you can try the local restaurants or make your own in the communal kitchen of the beach camp.

Trips and activities

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Trips and activities

The beach camp invites you to relax, but the owners also organize a fantastic kayak tour through the mangroves. This is a great way to spot birds, crocodiles, monkeys and other wildlife up close.

In the vicinity you can also make nice trips.  Surf hot spot Dominical is only some 20 minutes and the village, in addition to the good waves for (novice) surfers, is also known for the Nauyaca waterfalls and the nature tours at Hacienda Baru. The beautiful beaches near Uvita and Ojochal and the national park Marina Ballena are also nearby and  definitely worth a visit.

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Schalken family

We really enjoyed our stay at Rafiki Beach! Alex is a nice man who knows a lot about the surroundings and the natural environment. This is the best place for glamping at the beach in Costa Rica!

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Lara, Tijmen and kids

Rafiki Beach, what a fantastic place that is! Manager Alex was super nice and we enjoyed the  fantastic views from our tent. Fun things we have done and definitely can recommend: a visit to Rafiki Lodge (delicious lunch and great waterslide from the terrace down into the garden), visiting San Isidro, very nice and lively city, to go on a canoe tour with Alex, exploring the mangrove. Alex knows a lot about nature and likes to share his knowledge, he makes a great guide!

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Mireille

Rafiki Beach Camp was a great stop coming back from National Park Corcovado.  It’s a relaxed place where we could recover from our intense stay in Corcovado. Nice that there is a nice pool, the sea is often too wild for the children! The tents are wonderfully comfortable, with nice bathrooms. We also liked to use the communal kitchen to make our own lunch or dinner.

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Rob and Katja

Highlight of our stay at Rafiki (or maybe even our holiday in Costa Rica)? The monkeys on our tents!!

Tip of Renee:

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Tip of Renee:

When you spend the night at the Rafiki Beach Camp, you are in paradise! If you do not want to cook in the communal kitchen in the evening, drive to Matapalo, there are a few nice restaurants and on the other side of the highway you can enjoy Costa Rican specialties and ‘seafood’ at ‘La Langosta Feliz’ or in other words the ‘Happy  Lobster’, a must!

What can you see around Matapalo?

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Artistic boutique hotel in San Gerardo de Dota
This unique boutique hotel in Costa Rica is located on the edge of a valley. About 2500 meters above sea level. If you follow the road down from the hotel you'll end up in the charming village of San Gerardo de Dota. This village is famous for the mythic quetzal. A guided tour to spot this fantastic bird is a must!
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Glamping in the jungle of Quepos
Rafiki Safari Lodge is a luxurious tented camp in the jungle of Quepos. Here you enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings to the fulles. If you like some action, go wildwater rafting or horseback riding. If you are a birdlover, book a tour with a professional guide to spot the many species that live around the lodge.
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Climb the Cerro Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica
If you choose to climb the Chirripó, you choose for a real adventure. It is the highest peak in Costa Rica and Central America and although the climb is not an easy one, the spectacular sunrise at the top is a once in a lifetime experience!
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Spot the unique quetzal in San Gerardo de Dota
Always wanted to see the unique quetzal bird with your own eyes? That is possible in San Gerardo de Dota. This charming village is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, just 85 km from San José. From the capital, you cross Cerro de la Muerte, the mountain range that separates the Caribbean and Pacific coasts; a beautiful route!
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Unique stay in La Leona, in the middle of Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park is located on the Osa peninsula and one of Costa Rica's most isolated nature reserves. This very special rainforest harbours unique eco systems which aren't found anywhere else in the world. Here you still find some species that have disappeared elsewhere, spotting these animals make your visit a once in a lifetime experience.
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Take a boat to Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park
From the small town of Sierpe you depart by boat to Drake Bay Costa Rica. The journey itself is already an adventure...you sail through mangrove forests towards the ocean and Drake Bay. During your trip you might be luckey enough to spot dolphins and even whales!
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Whales and dolphins in Ojochal
You find the charming, little village of Ojochal near the National Park Marino Ballena and the largest nature reserve of Costa Rica: Corcovado. From Ojochal, nearby Uvita you can go whale and dolphin watching, in September there's even a whale watching festival! Do enjoy sun, sea and the beach in Playa Tortuga and Las Ventanas.
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Catch the best waves in Dominical
Dominical is a true surfers paradise. During your stay, it is highly recommended to check out the waves and take a surf lesson! Of course, you can also relax on the beach. Your lodge is located near the village on the beach and offers a nice pool when you're tired of the waves. It is a great place to explore the jungle and do one of the many activities!
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Sloths and capuchin monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio is a small, but beautiful National Park. Here you can explore the jungle, but also relax on the beach and take a dive in the ocean. Iguanas and monkeys might join you on the beach. There's also a great chance you'll see sloths in the jungle. All this wildlife in combination with the white beaches makes Manuel Antonio a very popular tourist destination.
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Soar beyond the cloud forest of Monteverde
Monteverde is famous for its unique cloud forest reserve. The village lies in the mountains and is one of the few places in Costa Rica where you can still spot the beautiful quetzal. While in Monteverde you can explore the cloud forest by foot or hanging bridge, but also book a zipline tour and soar beyond the trees, a great experience!

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