El Avión

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This unforgettable airplane bar-restaurant was constructed from the body of a 1954 Fairchild C-123. Here is where the story gets interesting – allegedly, the plane was originally purchased by the US government in the ’80s for the Nicaraguan Contras, but it never made it out of its hangar in San José because of the ensuing Iran-Contra scandal that embroiled Oliver North and his cohorts in the US government. (The plane is lovingly referred to as ‘Ollie’s Folly.’) In 2000 the enterprising owners of El Avión purchased it for the surprisingly reasonable sum of US$3000 and proceeded to cart it piece by piece to Manuel Antonio. It now sits on the side of the main road, where it looks as if it had crash-landed into the side of the hill. It’s a great spot for a beer, guacamole and a Pacific sunset, and in the evenings during the dry season there are regular live music performances.