Top Choice Mexican in Playa Sámara

Lo Que Hay

This rocking beachside taquería and pub offers six delectable taco fillings: fish, chorizo, chicken, beef, pork, veggie. The grilled avocados stuffed with pico de gallo are choice. Even sin tacos, a good time will b…
Top Choice Seafood in Playas San Miguel & Coyote


Best. Beach. Bar. And that's saying something in Costa Rica. On an amazing, nearly deserted stretch of beach, Henner serves up his secret-family-recipe ceviche out of an old shipping container. Ice cold beers cap of…
Cafe in Nicoya

La Castallena Pananderia

In addition to its countless fresh baked loaves and goodies, this place does espresso drinks and freshly pressed sandwiches on their airy crunchy baguettes. It's the ideal picnic supply depot on your way to Barra Ho…
Cafe in Nosara Area

Beach Dog Café

Just steps from the beach, this groovy cafe is decadent and delicious. Try banana bread French toast for breakfast, or uberpopular fish tacos for lunch. Dinner is served only a couple of nights a week, but they occa…
Seafood in Nosara Area

Marlin Bill’s

Across the main road from the Guiones swirl, this old-timers' restaurant has views all the way to the ocean. The casual, open-air dining room is a perfect place to feast on grilled tuna, ceviche and other fresh seaf…
Costa Rican in Nosara Area

Bar Olga

The other beachfront restaurant on Pelada is an old-fashioned beach bar, offering traditional Tico fare, pizza and batidos (fruit shakes) – and the occasional pig roast. The place does not pretend to be anything oth…
International in Nosara Area

La Luna

Located on the beach, this trendy restaurant-bar has cushy couches right on the sand, perfect for sunset drinks. The interior is equally appealing, with soaring ceilings, a gorgeous hardwood bar and walls adorned wi…
Soda in Playa Sámara

Casa Esmeralda

A favorite with locals, this is a dressed-up soda with tablecloths, faux-dobe walls and excellent food. The menu ranges from the expected (arroz con pollo) to the exotic (Italian octopus appetizer), all of which is …
Barbecue in Playa Sámara

El Lagarto

Grilled meats are the big draw at this beachfront alfresco restaurant, studded with old trees. Watching the chefs work their magic on the giant wood-fired oven is part of the fun. The Surf & Turf is highly recom…
Costa Rican in Islita Area


The restaurant at the Hotel Punta Islita showcases Tico flavors with the freshest seafood, local meats and poultry and organic produce. A superlative ocean view complements the beautiful food presentations.