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Food at Tabacon, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio and San Jose

Old Nov 9th, 2006, 08:14 PM
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Food at Tabacon, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio and San Jose

Is the food at Tabacon that bad? I have read a lot of horrible reviews. With the price ($60 to enter), we don't want to feel totally ripped off.

Where are the best volcano views in Arenal? Is it always really late by the time it clears? We are staying at the Observatory Lodge.

Dinners in Monteverde (i like Johnny's) and Manuel Antonio (i like Blue Monkey but maybe something a little fancy for Thanksgiving)?

Any dinner in San Jose ideas? We are staying at the Don Carlos there.

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Old Nov 10th, 2006, 06:36 AM
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$60 per person to enter? That is steep. I stayed at the hotel so I guess I paid for it one way or the other. We didn't think the food was horrible there - I wouldn't say it was very memorable either. The hot springs are just awesome though. So relaxing. Go sit on the little bench by the back bar and get yourself a guaro sour and sit in the hot water.
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Old Nov 10th, 2006, 07:02 AM
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I think $60 includes a meal (lunch or dinner) already. I checked with Tabacon and they no longer have the $29 day pass. For two people, you will be spending $120 just to use the pools and have 1 meal, or you can spend $175+taxes for a night stay in a volcano view room. Just a thought.
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Just for comparison (as I had considered staying at Tabacon as well)
From the Tabacon website:
$45pp ($90 2 people) all day pass (no food)
OR night pass $35pp ($70 2 people) (no food), leaves you $25pp to eat somewhere else (hear El Novillio has great inexpensive food w/ view)

Tabacon room with volcano view $203 (incl taxes), you can easily get a room somewhere else w/ volcano view for $113 or less (w/ breakfast, which is Not included w/ Tabacon room) -- if you don't have a car might need to consider taxi costs though as well
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I went to the Tabacon website and saw the $45 without food unlimited day pass, then I called the resort 1-877-277-8291 to verify if this is still being offered. The answer is a definite "No". They only offer the pass with meal now, so minimum is $60/person at Tabacon.
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Old Nov 10th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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Springs are great, food is terrible.
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Old Nov 10th, 2006, 11:52 AM
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I didn't care for the springs buffette at Tabocon butbreakfast and dinner at the hotel resturant was decent. Their volcano view is limited.
I've seen the volcano clear many days and also clearing around 1am after raining in the evening.
A OLodge is very close but not sure the action is on that side. I'm still headed there in March as the birding is great, nice trails, and the view is wonderful so close to the cone. You can always travel to the north side at night if more is happening there for a look like we did the year we stayed at Tabacon. The north side road was awful then and I doubt much better now. I hope I'm surprised.
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Old Nov 10th, 2006, 12:27 PM
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I would like to get a massage or something (read they are better at Kioro Hotel) as well, so I am not sure. We may try the cheaper springs or just close our eyes and hand Tabacon our credit cards. It just seems they are taking advantage of a good thing.

I love the Observatory Lodge and have a car...we are Texans and don't mind driving a bit. We will find the fire if it is happening. Thank you everyone.
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At the Don Carlos, try Cafe Mundo just down the street. Also, you might try an Asian fusion place in SJO--Tin Jo.

The staff at the DC will help you as well. I know they always recommend Cafe Mundo, and it is very good.
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"Tabacon room with volcano view $203 (incl taxes)"

what??? u could stay in a chateau in the south of france for $203!
i got talked into staying there for 1 night last year by the missus, i paid US145 and i thought that was overpriced, furniture and decor were like something out of a 70's porn movie.
you can go on a day trip to cano negra reserve and visit eco thermales springs:

http://costa-rica.typepad.com/photos...thermales.html

and the drinks cost a fortune at tabacon, the food sucks and is another rip off.
i honestly wouldn't recommend it, other people like it, your call!

in monteverde, my favorite restaurant is lucias:

monteverde.typepad.com/monteverde/restaurants_in_monteverde/index.html

but johnnys pizzeria is good.

in la fortuna i like el novillo for steak, nenes for italian and charming service and dom rufino for 'grandmas secret recipe chicken' and the buzz and the mojitos!

costa.rica.typepad.com/la_fortuna/restaurants_in_la_fortuna/index.html

in manuel antonio bambu jam was somewhere i went recently for the first time, good 'international' food and live local music.



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Old Nov 10th, 2006, 07:46 PM
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Guanacaste- Hahaha! I can hear the music and see the furniture! So funny.

Shillmac- I read a quote from you in the Costa Rica Fodor's guidebook at Barnes & Noble tonight. You are famous!
Thank you all for all of your advice!

Tabacon may be a game-time decision. Can we just show up at Eco Termales?
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shillimac is star but not in any movies from the 70's with stoned guitarists in the background and men with 'village people' moustaches, i hasten to add!

no, u need to book eco thermales cos they limit the visitors, ur hotel will do this 4 u!
couple more points, DEFINITELY visit Cano Negra Reserve for a day trip and take the camer- it's about USD50 and well worth it!
also visit the waterfall La Fortuna Waterall- USD6- bit of a hike down steeep steps so dont wear reef walkers, but a beautiful fall & u can swim in the river down a few steps to the left of the fall, the rocks break up the flow so it's perfectly safe:

http://costa.rica.typepad.com/photos...ortunajpg.html
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LOL! Guanacaste--thanks for setting the record straight on that! By the way, you're telling on yourself--sounds like you've seen them all!

Haven't seem the inside of Tabacon and won't--I'll take your word for it!

That Fodor's thing was a hoot! Surprised several of us--gave us our "15 minutes"! Lord knows, that's the only 15 minutes I'll ever get!
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i´ve only heard about them shillimac, wouldn´t dream of watching them myself.
apparantly a recent survey found that 79% of all men who use the internet for this first time look for porn and..........the other 21% are liars
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Men--interesting group. But that's another board!

Back to "Food at Tabacon, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, and San Jose"!
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Well, we are off tomorrow. Thank you for all of your help. We will just see about the springs. I have decided to book a private birding tour through Sunset Tours. It leaves from the Arenal Lodge. Since I have seen the mangroves in MA 2 times, and we are doing a lot of driving already--we are delaying Cano Negro for another time. We'll do the Pacuare and surely a skytrek. Thanksgiving in MA. Maybe a quetzal in Monteverde? p.s. I don't eat beef-is there fish at El Novillo? Can you tell me a few more food joints in Fortuna? Pura vida and wish us luck!
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We'll be in MA for Thanksgiving as well...maybe we'll see ya there!
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When we went to Tabacon, we had grilled kabobs in the back at the palenque bar. I had chicken and vegtables and my husband had seafood. It was cheap option to eating at Tabacon. I would recommend it. But it is not "fancy" -- we sat in our bathing suits.
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I may be repeating myself (happens all the time!), but you might try Las Brisas and Don Rufino's in La Fortuna.

Have a great time! Lucky you!

Please let us know when you get back. I, for one, want to hear all the details!
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