Gingerbread Hotel & Restaurant

Top choice international in Nuevo Arenal

Don’t miss the chance to eat at one of the best restaurants in northwestern Costa Rica, right on the lake. The larger-than-life, New York–trained Israeli chef turns out transcendent meals from the freshest local ingredients. Favorites include mushrooms smothered in gravy, blackened tuna salad and enormous, juicy burgers. It’s big food that goes down well. Cash only, reservations recommended.

If you want to sleep where you eat, book one of the sweet boutique rooms upstairs, each showcasing fabulous murals and other artwork by local creatives.