Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Restaurants

Seafood and fresh fish are tops here, followed by fast food—pizza, tacos, barbecue—to satisfy the hordes of hungry surfers and beachgoers. But there are many sophisticated restaurants, too, offering Asian-fusion, Italian, French, and international cuisine, especially in the tourist-heavy beach towns of Hermosa, Flamingo, Tamarindo, Nosara, and Sámara. Many restaurants, especially tourist-oriented ones with dollar-denominated menus, do not include the 13% tax plus mandatory 12% service. By law, menus are required to show the total price including tax, but many owners flout this law. Be sure to ask if taxes are included; otherwise you may be surprised by a bill that’s 25% higher than you expected.

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  • 1. Beach Box

    $ | Mexican

    On the dirt road to Playa Avellanas, just before you hit the water, is the appropriately named Beach Box—a breakfast joint serving fresh-squeezed...Read More

  • 2. Lola's

    $$ | Vegetarian

    In deference to Lolita, the owners' pet pig (the original Lola used to freely roam the beach and enjoy the surf), the menu at this hip beach...Read More

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