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Rafiki Beach Camp
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Princeton,NJ
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109 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Best place we stayed in Costa Rica”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

Nothing but good things to say about this place - strong recommendation.
We left Manuel Antonio because we didn't like the crowds. We stumbled across this place, stopped and stayed for 3 nights. I wish we could have stayed longer. The safari tents were luxurious with lovely tiled floors and elegant bathrooms. Calling this camping is misleading. I have not stayed in any hotel that was more comfortable. Loki and his wife manage the place very well and Alex deserves a stand-out mention as he was a very caring and conscientious member of staff, making several pots of ginger tea for my wife when her stomach was troubled.
The swimming pool was very nice and clean. I wallowed in it like a hippo for several hours per day as a way to escape the mid-day heat.
The tents were without AC and I wondered if that would be a problem. It wasn't, despite the fact that we stayed there during a very hot spell. At night everything cooled down and even during the day, the onshore breeze off the ocean kept everything cool enough.
While there we saw a family of monkeys and a sloth.
The beach was wonderful. The waves were good for surfing, surpassing Mal Pais where many surfers go. The beach was both huge (many miles long) and practically empty. Very good sunrise and sunsets.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Eugene Oregon
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We have stayed at the beach tents several times, this was the best. The new hosts Loki and Moren (sorry if the spelliing is bad) have made the place homey and comfortable. I loved the new lounge area next to the pool, where an excellent breakfast was served. The beach is a few steps away from the tents, so you can walk down to take a dip in the warm water anytime. Boogie boards were available and I caught some great waves, which really made me smile. Matapalo is pretty laid back, but there are adventures available if you want. We saw a three toes sloth and lots of capuchin monkeys right outside our tent. If you want total relaxation, this is the place to go!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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San Jose, California, United States
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

My family went on a terrific kayaking trip with Loki through the mangroves. The team took care of everything, from having a double kayak for my son and husband, to having snacks for a midway break. Loki was patient with all of us and answered all my daughters environmental questions. The search for crocs was fun too! It was an amazing part of our visit!

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We made reservations for 2 days and loved it so much, that extended for 4 days ... peaceful, by the beach, fantastic swimming pool, well equiped communal kitchen, very friendly staff. We were there with a 9year old girl that had a blast. You can actually see the same animals as in the Manuel Antonio Park just sitting by the pool. We loved it!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Portland, Maine, USA
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Rafiki Beach Camp (related to the Rafiki Safari Lodge) was a wonderful place to stay! Loki & his wife Mauren have recently taken over management of this property, and they were both very helpful & friendly hosts. They are also involved in some great conservation work, including reintroducing the tapir, and are the type of overall good people you want to support with your business.

My husband & I spent 4 nights of our honeymoon here, and loved the experience of staying in the safari tents. We had come from a more resort-y & populated hotel in Manuel Antonio, and the peace & quiet of this spot was a welcome change of pace. We saw capuchin monkeys one day and sloths another day in the surrounding treetops.

Continental breakfast is included, but they don't serve lunch or dinner. There are a few eateries within walking distance, including a minimart you can use to stock the mini-fridge in your room. We went on 3 of the tours that they offer, and all were well-run and lots of adventurous fun: we went white-water rafting on the Rio Savegre, did an aqua-hike along 4 waterfalls, and saw crocodiles during the mangrove tour. We also took a cab into Dominical one day to do some shopping & check out different restaurants (13K Colones 1-way)

This is not for travelers looking for a resort/all-inclusive or backpacker/party scene. This is the place to stay if you're looking for a secluded spot on a beautiful, quiet beach. It's a bit more rugged & off the beaten path, but for us that's exactly the appeal.

Room Tip: 2 tents are beachfront. The other 2 are behind the first 2, but still have beach views, I believe.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vallejo, CA
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Sloths and monkeys and turtles, OH MY! I can't decide if the best thing about Rafiki Beach Camp is the location right on the beach, the number of animals within 50 paces of your front door, or the wonderful family and staff that run this eco-conscience bit of paradise. The safari tent is glamping at its best. The furniture and décor is tropics luxe, with fresh flowers and a full bathroom attached as a solid stick built (locking) structure. Hear the waves wash up on the sand as you sleep, the birds serenade the dawn and the monkeys howl at sunset. You'd hear sloths too, but they don't make much sound. The staff - Lucky, Mauren, Alex and Xenia- go out of their way to help you enjoy and experience Costa Rica, from arranging outings, recommending restaurants, and pointing out wildlife (thanks Alex for showing us the nesting turtle, and Lucky for catching the sneaky crab in our tent) to chatting about what it's like to live there. They seem capable of communicating in an impressive number of languages, and true 'pura vida' comes through in all. Great location between Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula- half hour each way. Five minute walk to a turtle hatchery, soda, Swiss restaurant and a bar with karaoke- despite being a small village. It is far enough off the beaten path to not be over run with tourists so you can truly relax. Great for couples and families. Full kitchen available for cooking and communal BBQ by the pool to enjoy with the other guests. Very comfortable bed. The fan was enough to keep us comfortable in the hot, humid weather and the tent held up well with no leaks through the green season downpours (relaxing and romantic in the rain really). We stayed as a couple but hope to come back soon with our children. Thank you to Rafiki Beach Camp for an unforgettable stay!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Constantia, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Great spacious African safari tents, fantastic pool right on the baech means there is plenty to do here,swimming, surfing, horseback riding, kayak tours and a private reserve just down the road complete with Sloths and Capuchins.Although the area is a little light on restaurants, shop in Quepos and do a bit of self catering. We even popped up to their Safari camp in the mountains. Great friendly hospitality and good advice for travelling in Costa Rica. Thank you Lautjie

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rafiki Beach Camp
Address: 1 Km North of the Soccer Field, Beach Road, Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Playa Matapalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Playa Matapalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
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