4 Beautiful Nearby
Beaches from Portasol
Matapalo Beach Matapalo Beach is the closer beach to
Portasol, only 2,5 miles. A long open beach
with a beautiful natural shadow given by the
tropical almond trees.
Every year Matapalo Beach welcomes the
Olive Riddley Turtles and the Black
Turtles, which arrive to lay their eggs from
June to November. The Leather Backs are
rarely seen, since their laying season is from
October to March. ASVO (Asociación de
Voluntarios para el Servicio de las Areas
Protegidas) and ATOMA (Amigos de la
tortuga marina de Matapalo), are two groups
of volunteers that care for the turtles by
guarding the beach at night, reserving the
turtle nesting and leading the turtle release
Dominical beach completes this lineal
coastal section neighbored by bays,
islands, and headlands that, eventually
arrive at Marino Ballena National Park
and Punta Uvita only few minutes
away from Portasol. With perhaps the
most consistent waves in Costa Rica,
Playa Dominical is a haven for surfers.
Swimming, however, can be
dangerous due to the strong riptides
that are found throughout the 2.5 mile
(4 km) strip of beach.
Between the main town and the
national park, there are several
world-class beaches in the area.
Here, you can enjoy the wide variety
of activities such as
swimming, hiking the Manuel
Antonio National Park, surfing, or
simply relaxing while watching a
The water just off shore provides
wonderful snorkeling as the park is
mostly oceanic, except for the
mangrove and wildlife riddled 9.3 miles
(15 km) of coastline. Camping is
permitted within the park. The
entrance fee is $6.
At the north end of the park is Uvita, a
small community with gorgeous
beaches and incredibly clear-blue water.
Playa Uvita is a good place to ride
horseback, scuba dive, swim or just go
for a walk on its clean sandy beach.
The beach is inside the protected area
of the park, so hunting any of the
marine life is strictly prohibited.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are
favorite activities as are visits to the
mangroves where green marine
iguanas, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill