Cabo Matapalo
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Cabo Matapalo

Puntarenas, Costa Rica


Costa Rica

Skill Level

The Break

Also known as Hog Hole. Matapalo is a powerful, punchy, and sometimes barreling, normal right reef/point break. Playa Matapalo has the largest and most powerful waves in the area. There are 3 high-quality right point/reef breaks and the most consistent spot is on the outside, producing fast walls. Shortboards are ideal here. Consistency is high year-round with the best conditions in summer.

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Current Surf Report

  • Surf Height
    1 - 2 ft
  • Swells
  • Wind
    2 mph
  • Weather

Last updated: 1 day ago

General Details

  • Skill Level
  • Consistency
    Year round, Mainly summer swells
  • Wave Length
  • Wave Direction
  • Board Type
  • Type of Break
    Point, Reef
  • Swell directions
    S, W
  • Best wind directions
    N, NW
  • Crowd levels / week
  • Crowd levels / weekend
    Few to Crowded
  • Seabed
    Big Rocks
  • Best tides
    Low, Mid
  • Power
    Powerful, Punchy, Barreling
  • Access By
    Public Beach, 4WD

The Area

Matapalo is a surf town along the southern end of Osa Peninsula in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The peninsula is bound on the northwest by Drake Bay, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, and the east by the Golfo Dulce. It's nestled in a lush, animal-filled jungle rainforest–National Geographic considers it one of the most biologically intense places on earth. Secluded white-sand beaches, abundant wildlife, wonderful weather, and reliable waves have all contributed to its popularity with visitors and especially surfers. Accommodations vary from eco-friendly resorts to cozy surf cabinas, so there's something for everyone. The area is stunning, safe, and a wonderful place to explore with friends and family.

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Amenities Nearby
  • Lodging
  • Parking
  • Board and Gear Rentals
  • Boats/Tow-ins to Breaks
  • Surf Lessons
  • Yoga
  • Restaurants
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Fishing Charters
  • Moped/ATV Rentals
  • Family Friendly
  • Spas/Massages
  • Boating/Sailing Charters
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