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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…
Vegetarian in Playa Sámara

Luv Burger

'Luv' is the operative word here. Feel it, veggies. There are burgers, but they are not made of meat. Neither are the sandwiches, salads or casados. It's all veggie, all the time, from vegan pancakes for breakfast t…
Jewelry in Playa Sámara


Carlos Caicedo travels around South America to procure gorgeous semiprecious stones, which he crafts into fine jewelry right here in the back of his shop. There are also plenty of clever creations from recycled mate…
Bakery in Playa Sámara

Roots Bakery

The carrot cake is really good; and the spinach quiche is better. But the cinnamon buns are otherworldly – so rich and gooey and sweet and chewy that you might have to do penance after you eat one. Required eating.R…
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 …
Bar in Playa Sámara

Flying Taco

This joint is a laid-back, Tex-Mex beach bar. It's open for lunch – and the grub is recommended – but it's more fun to come at night, when you can also listen to live music, sing karaoke, play poker and drink margar…
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…
Market in Playa Sámara

Sámara Organics – Mercado Organico

It's not cheap, but self-caterers (and anybody with a dietary restriction) will appreciate this cafe and market, well-stocked with organic produce and delicious prepared foods. Come get your healthy food fix.
Vegetarian in Playa Sámara

Ahora Sí

A Venetian-owned vegetarian restaurant and all-natural cocktail bar. They do smoothies with coconut milk; gnocchi with nutmeg, sage and smoked cheese; soy burgers and yucca fries; wok stir-fries; and thin-crust pizz…
Bar in Playa Sámara

La Vela Latina

Here's your sunset happy hour spot. Settle into a comfy chair on the sand and order a bucket of icy beers or a perfectly blended cocktail at this beach bar. There's also a menu of sophisticated bocas (appetizers) an…