The Road To Matapalo
$ 12.99–$ 19.99
Paperback, 256 Pages
Downloadable – Kindle & iTunes
Smith’s first fiction novel, The Road to Matapalo, is part adventure romance and part guidebook touching on surfing and fishing, and the land, water and people of Costa Rica.
This tangled story involves an anti-hero figure of an old man seeking the truth after years of indolence, his bold granddaughter, Cheyenne and a strange dog they meet along the way.
It’s an adventure many of us might only dream about ever taking. Incorporating murder and intrigue, love and companionship, and a never-ending affair with the people and places of Costa Rica, these characters come together to create a world too few of us may ever see. Unless, of course, you find yourself heading down the crooked path on The Road to Matapalo.
Smith passes on a wealth of useful information that could only come from more than three decades of Costa Rica travel, including a rich knowledge of local customs and tidbits for anyone visiting, or planning to visit, to one of the world’s most popular destinations, Costa Rica. This book will enlighten you on Costa Rica’s travel, surfing, wildlife, fishing, camping, and its colorful cultures, and unique things to do, like sea beaning and beach combing, or exploring its rainforest flora and fauna. It also touches on the increasingly dangerous Central American drug trade, a seamier side unknown to most.
The Road to Matapalo reads like a tourist map. Places like the fast-paced city of San Jose, the western frontier town of Puerto Jimenez, surfing hotspots like Jaco, wave-rich Dominical, quirky port town, Quepos, and the sweet Pan Dulce all come to life as you read. The magical trip finds its home near the end of the Osa Peninsula, home to the pristine national wildlife refuge, Corcovado Park, just across the Golfo Dulce from the world-famous surfing destination of Pavones. The road and the story end at the legendary surf spots of Matapalo and Backwash Bay, at the tip of the frontier peninsula.