Discover Restaurants offering the best Spanish food in Mal Pais, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Near the southernmost tip of Peninsula de Nicoya, Mal Pais offers rocky coves, white sand beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, surfing, and relaxation near a remote fishing village and Cabo Blanco National Park. The prime attraction is surfing at beaches like Playa Mar Azul, Playa Santa Teresa, Playa Manzanillo, and Playa Carmen. Plus there is fishing, boating, snorkeling, diving, hiking, horseback riding, biking, and 4-wheel drive touring. A 4-wheel drive vehicle comes in handy for navigating unpaved roads in this still mostly wild area, particularly during the rainy season. Though locals zip around on quad bikes and motorcycles transporting their surfboards. Allow the better part of a day driving from San Jose Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to Mal Pais. Budget extra time to board the car ferry from Puntarenas across the Golfo de Nicoya to Paquera on the Peninsula de Nicoya. Or take the short flight from San Jose to Tambor Airport (TMU), and be within an hour of Mal Pais. Some Mal Pais beaches have little sand, and judging point break direction and swell size requires surfing acumen. A Mal Pais surf camp may be perfect for family members wanting to learn to read the surf better. Santa Teresa’s beaches have more white sand, and point breaks like Suck Rock are almost legendary among surfers flocking here when the seas around Playa Carmen get too rough. Playa Carmen has enough variety to accommodate all levels of surfers, but the swells can get too rough and too frequent to get out during the rainy season. A bit to the north, with waters calmed by a rock jetty, Playa Manzanillo is known for its annual sand castle competition.
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4 based on 36 reviews
Low season so I think the inventory is sitting around for a while. Ceviche was chewy. Drinks were warm.
5 based on 37 reviews
We are a family business where we offer a proseso of sugarcane and coffee also we have fruit plantations in the area, our visitor can taste the products (caramel, melasa, sugar. wine, coffee) and we also have a restaurant where you can enjoy our food is p
We were staying about 10 km from Monte Verde and after a full day of hiking we did not want to make the drive into town for dinner. Although 10 km does not seem like much the roads are gravel, narrow, windy, and challenging, especially after dark. We asked our airbnb host for his restaurant recommendations and he gave us this one. The restaurant is off the main road and as soon as we drove down a lane to the restaurant we knew we made a good choice. The ambience was inviting and the servers were very welcoming and friendly. The food preparation was excellent and the home made wine great. All this for a very reasonable price.Excellent choice for local non tourist feel food. We highly recommend this place.muchas gracias por su visita ...es un gusto atenderles
4 based on 81 reviews
Incredible all the way! The immense seafood menu that the restaurant offers is always prepared with 100% fresh top quality ingredients. Enjoy the best possible view of Mata de LimonÂ´s estuary while you savor the magnificent recipes and receive a great service.
5 based on 26 reviews
This hotel/restaurant has recently been taken over by new management, and the improvements are wonderful. My husband had calamari as an appetizer and shrimp for an entrÃ©e. I asked about the spaghetti, which comes in a white sauce. I wanted a red sauce, so the chef made a nice tomato sauce. It wasn't spaghetti sauce, but it was still very good.
A very nice place to eat in Monteverde. Great prices and service. The best comida tipica I have had while in Costa Rica! The staff made us feel very welcome, had good vegetarian food, and we were served quickly. Very tasty bebidas naturales :-)
4 based on 95 reviews
It is a pleasant place , open-air .... Our products come from handcrafted providers being of the highest quality .
We stopped in at Isla Coco's for lunch. It was a Saturday and we arrived 30 minutes early, before the 12 noon opening time. A waitress came out and offered us a table and served us drinks while we relaxed and waited for the staff to get organized. We ordered fish (tuna) tacos and whole red snapper. The food was prepared perfectly and quite good.Hola , muchas gracias por su recomendaciÃ³n, nos complace saber que fue de su agrado..!!Gracias de parte de nuestro personal..!
5 based on 31 reviews
San Lucas dining experience is a 7 course gourmet dinner on top of the trees. There are only 5 tables, each one elevated on a deck platform above the trees with stunning views of Monteverde downtown. Dinner is served daily at 7pm and starting on November
Our trip to "San Lucas Treetop Dining Experience" was nothing short of unbelievable. We had stayed at "Chira Glamping Monteverde Hotel" no more than 100 feet away from the restaurant. Our waiter, Dilan, greeted us at our door with umbrellas for both me and my wife. He escorted us to a breathtaking view over Monteverde and we began.Dilan began giving us each dish accompanied with a crash course on the history, meaning, and even the location of each local ingredient found in Costa Rica within each dish. Simply put, it was an unbelievable experience. Words do not do justice as to how delicious the meal was, and pictures do not do the presentation justice. Me and my wife spent a week and traveled over 10 hours driving to various parts of Costa Rica, and if you were to ask me the one location you should dine at to fully experience the area, it is without a doubt "San Lucas Treetop Dining Experience", and second place is not close.
4 based on 131 reviews
We stayed at moana lodge for 3 nights, papaya lounge is the hotel restaurant. The first night we had dinner at the restaurant, the ocean views are amazing (high climb to the restaurant but 100% worth it!). The frensh bartender makes delicious cocktails and does a great job! Happy hour is from 4 till 6 perfect for watching the sunset! The food is okÃ©, but little pricy, its a tapas concept so you can taste a lot of everything. Some or better then others, we loved the fresh calamari with home made sauce. The food itself was overall too salty. I self use a lot of salt while cooking at home, but the food in papaya lounge was really toooo much salted. Otherwise the dishes were perfect! The 2nd and 3th night of our stay the restaurant was closed, which was not so pleasant while we had no transportation. I couldn't understand because breakfast was served in the morning! it couldn't be that hard to make something for a few couples, if you can bake eggs in the morning you can improvise a little menu too! We enjoyed the food in town more, and for the same money you get better food! For cocktails tough its 100% recommended !
4 based on 63 reviews
A restaurant with a very warm and cozy atmosphere, with a variety of foods and drinks, with organic and fresh ingredients. With an exclusive menu that has a variety of ingredients for different palates, we have dishes for vegans, children's menu, pizzas,
We went for an early dinner to fussion. The waiter was very helpful and friendly and gave us 2 drinks on the house. My husband had the golden craft ale and I had imperial beer , the 2 kids had colas. Husband said the craft ale was nice. We had 2 corn soups ,tomato soup and sea bass starters - all delicious. 2 kids had vegetarian pizza , husband had shrimp pizza and I had the chicken and rice which came with salad and fried yucca- Iâd not had yucca before , tasted like potato but with a lighter fluffier texture- would order again. We didnât really need starters as the main meals were enormous - the pizzas were â mediumâ but were massive so we took doggy bags .Lovely restaurant,lots of choice especially for vegan and vegetarians P
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