The open-air, poolside restaurant of the exclusive Makanda by the Sea hotel has tables beneath purple cloth tents overlooking the sea and surrounding jungle. The kitchen, cleverly hidden beneath the bar, serves up such succulent treats as jumbo shrimp in a ginger sauce and grilled beef tenderloin with a choice of sauces. Pizzas, salads, and sandwiches are on the lunch menu. You'll want to put on insect repellent at night. Children under 12 are not allowed.
Makanda by the Sea hotel,1 km/½ mi west of La Mariposa, Manuel Antonio, 60601, Costa Rica
/2777–0442; 888-625–2632-in U.S.
Sep 14, 2009
We loved this restaurant during our stay at the hotel. Makanda was the perfect honeymoon escape for us and Sunspot was the icing on the cake!
May 30, 2009
We loved the food at the Sunspot, but the best part was being able to relax around the pool while the monkeys entertained us. We found the menu to have many great choices, and altho a bit pricey it was well worth it for the large portions and great service. Best we found in Manuel Antonio!
Jan 14, 2009
We stayed at Hotel Makanda for our honeymoon and were thrilled to find that their poolside restaurant was one of the best we found in Costa Rica. The service was so friendly and the food had a little something for everyone with huge portions. You could eat in the restaurant or right by the pool, which fit our style perfectly. Just be prepared that the prices are almost what we pay in New York, but we didn't care since the food was so good, and
plentiful to boot!