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Top Choice Mexican in Playa Tamarindo

Green Papaya

Swing on up to the bar for a breakfast burrito or pull up a tree-stump stool to sample the fantastic fare. The mahi-mahi tacos are perfection in a tortilla, while non-meat-eaters will appreciate the multiple veggie …
Top Choice Breakfast in Playa Tamarindo

La Bodega

This delightful shop and cafe specializes in unique combinations of ingredients, focusing on whatever is fresh, local and organic. For breakfast, they do amazing things with eggs, while lunch is a daily changing men…
Top Choice Mexican in Playas Avellanas & Negra

Jalapeño Eatery & Market

There's something special about this glorified taco bar. Ingredients are all organically produced or locally sourced. Tortillas are hand-rolled; hot sauce and other condiments are homemade; chickens and eggs come fr…
Top Choice Cafe in Playa Tamarindo

Cafe Tico

Walk in. Take a deep breath. Smell the magic brewing? On the wall it says, 'good days start with coffee.' Sip it on the shady patio while snacking on a homemade pastry. Pura vida.
Fusion in Playas Avellanas & Negra

Villa Deevena

Foodies drive from all over Guanacaste to sample the fare at this hidden gem. It's worth the search for this otherworldly restaurant, the brainchild of chef Patrick Jamon (let the jokes begin: jamon means 'ham' in S…
Mediterranean in Playa Tamarindo

Seasons by Shlomy

Don’t leave town without eating here. Israeli chef Shlomy offers a short list of carefully selected and perfectly prepared dishes. Depending on the availability of ingredients, you might start with grilled octopus o…
Mediterranean in Playa Hermosa


On the east side of the main road, you’ll see this stunner cantilevered into the trees. This is not the restaurant you would expect to find in an unassuming beach village. The chic ambience complements a gourmet lis…
Park in Playa Grande

Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste

Las Baulas national marine park encompasses the entire beach at Playa Grande, as well as the adjacent land and 220 sq km of ocean. This is one of the world's most important nesting areas for the critcally endangered…
Seafood in Playas del Coco


So many things to love about the Lookout: sustainably harvested Pacific oysters, locally brewed craft beers, and a small but intriguing menu of snacks, ceviches and sandwiches. And then there's the view, taking in t…
Asian in Playa Tamarindo

Dragonfly Bar & Grill

Beloved for its refined menu and its upscale tiki-bar atmosphere, this open-air dining room has twinkling lights and lanterns, with a subtle dragonfly motif throughout. The eclectic menu leans Asian, but fuses inter…