El Avión

Bar in Quepos to Manuel Antonio

Constructed around a 1954 Fairchild C-123 plane, allegedly purchased by the US government in the ’80s for the Nicaraguan Contras but never used, this striking bar-restaurant is a great spot for a beer and stellar sunset-watching. Skip the food, though, and double-check the check, as complaints have been made about inaccuracies.

In 2000 the enterprising owners of El Avión purchased the plane for the surprisingly reasonable sum of US$3000 (it never made it out of its hangar in San José because of the Iran-Contra scandal that embroiled Oliver North and his cohorts), 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.