Covana Seaside Kitchen

Top choice international in La Costa del Bálsamo

Such impressive architecture is a surprising find in the beach hamlet of El Zonte, but the lofty dining room at Puro Surf is a stunning spot. A soaring, palm-thatch roof frames ocean views, while polished concrete floors and contemporary furnishings complete the look. The menu of fresh local seafood, healthy salads and snacks lives up to the setting.

There's a well-stocked bar and decent coffee too.