Destination guide

Jump into the jungle and take a walk on the wild side

Set on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, with the Golfo Dulce (or Sweet Gulf) to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Cabo Matapalo is a village hidden by rain forests and framed by beautifully untouched beaches. Visitors come here to be dazzled by tropical wildlife and local flora, from palm trees and mangroves to macaws and spider monkeys. Most Cabo Matapalo vacation rentals are surrounded by greenery and peace and quiet, unless you count the pitter-patter of ocelot feet as noise. Pack a raincoat and get ready for a jungle adventure.

Things to do

Majestic waterfalls and mysterious artifacts

The attractions that draw most visitors to Cabo Matapalo are the natural ones. On the southern tip of the village is the King Louis Waterfall. You can reach it via a stream running from Matapalo beach and enjoy 90 feet of rushing water. More natural wonders are nearby at the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve and Parque Nacional Corcovado. When a hankering for civilization proves too much for you, head a couple hours north to Sitio Museo Finca 6. The archeological site and museum feature artifacts of the Diquis people, who lived here from 300 BCE to 1500 CE.


Become one with nature (or with your surfboard) on the beach

The best feature of your Cabo Matapalo vacation rental will surely be its proximity to the shoreline. Start at Matapalo beach to the south, one of the most secluded strips of sand in the country. Want to jump in for a few strokes? Try Playa Carbonera, where the water is fine and tide pools hold not-so-hidden treasures. Are you a surfer with experience? You'll find your bliss at Playa Pan Dulce, where experts rave about the world-class waves. When you've had enough beach time (if that's possible) eco tours along the coast and through the rain forest await.


A little fall of rain can hardly hurt you now

November to late April is the dry season in Costa Rica and the ideal time to book a Cabo Matapalo vacation rental. The area is so remote that even during high season, you won't find high-season crowds. Temperatures hover around the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but remember that the weather can change quicker than a jaguar can disappear into the forest. Come prepared with rain gear and a layer or two if you plan to explore the mountains. The rainy season lives up to its name from September through November, and wet weather lovers can score a bargain.

Natural features

Macaws and monkeys and margays (oh my!) in Matapalo

The rainforest, coastline, and fascinating animal species of the Osa Peninsula make any Cabo Matapalo vacation rental a gateway to awe-inspiring nature scenes. You'll notice bright red macaws sailing overhead, or say hello to brown pelicans and herons near the beach. The area's most famous natural attraction, the Parque Nacional Corcovado, is just 1.5 hours north. This vast tropical paradise is home to jaguars, pumas, and the adorable spotted margay, as well as tapirs, harpy eagles, and the endangered giant anteater. You'll also find all four species of Costa Rican monkey peeking through the leaves.

Where to stay around Cabo Matapalo?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 47 vacation rentals near Cabo Matapalo. From 37 Houses to 4 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cabo Matapalo for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Cabo Matapalo?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cabo Matapalo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • North America: 219,102 vacation rentals
  • Panama: 831 vacation rentals
  • Osa Peninsula: 120 vacation rentals
  • Pavones: 67 vacation rentals
  • Central America: 1,808 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Cabo Matapalo! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Cabo Matapalo?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cabo Matapalo:

  • Pavones: 67 rentals
  • Sierpe: 134 rentals
  • Golfito: 51 rentals
  • Punta Banco: 63 rentals
  • Guaycará: 33 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Cabo Matapalo?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Cabo Matapalo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • La Tarde Wildlife Area: 71 rentals
  • Pavones Beach: 93 rentals
  • Corcovado National Park Office: 124 rentals
  • Pan Dulce Beach: 106 rentals
  • Carate Beach: 61 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cabo Matapalo listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.