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SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

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SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

Does anyone have a good recommendation for lunch between San Jose and Manuel Antonio. We land at 915am and will probably want to have lunch on the way.


Manuel Antonio
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for Manuel Antonio National Park
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1. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

There is a great typical soda that is very popular on the hill a short ride after the Villa Caletas hotel turnoff. It is called Soda Guacimo and has excellent typical food, homemade tortillas, etc. There are usually many cars out front and it is a small place on the hill, so you have to be watching for it. If you are looking for more upscale options you can stop at the Los Suenos Marina Marriott, very americanized though. If you want a ton of eclectic selections, go into Jaco (watch for the turnoff at the I Love Sushi Restaraunt). if you turn right at that restaurant and go about 1 mile and turn left at the stop sign it will take you right down the main drag of Jaco, where there are dozens of excellent options for lunch. Continue down the main drag and it will connect you back to the main hwy to Quepos/Manuel Antonio, so its not complicated. Enjoy!

Atlanta, GA
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reviews: 1
2. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

Gorditas in Orotina, its across trhe street from a souvenir stand. Maybe someone else would have better directions. But super yumy Typico food

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3. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

Please be very careful with your belongings while you eat or they may not be there when you finish lunch.

La Fortuna de San...
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for La Fortuna de San Carlos
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4. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

Steve and Lisa's is a good affordable stop just as you reach Tarcoles (when you reach the shore). As mentioned above, you should be careful with a car full of luggage. Choose a table that is in close proximity and plain sight to your car.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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5. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

Steve and Lisas good seafood...and almost across the costarican version LA Fiesta del Marisco...with the world famous Seafood soup VIAGRA soup...common sense please with your luggage at your car...


Costa Rica
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6. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

Like Soda Guacimo as the 1st reply...if you are driving from San Jose, after you take off from road # 27 the soda is about 5 miles on the left hand ....the restaurant serves all kind of typical food, great home made corn tortillas and natural juices.

Have a great trip....

San Jose, Costa Rica
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7. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

Another one ...with great boats around..The Hook Up at Los Sueños Marina...some of the best burgers at the Central Pacific coast of our country!


los angeles CA
posts: 68
8. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

Thanks everyone for the tips! I like the idea about Soda Guacimo. Does anyone know how far it is off the main road to MA. I also saw Jaco has a fish taco place called bubbas and bohio, has anyone been there?



Jaco, Costa Rica
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9. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

There are also some good little restaurants in front of the beach just before you reach Jaco in Herradura. Take a right when you see the plaza with AutoMercado. Keep going past where you would turn into Los Suenos and take the road all the way to the beach. When you get to the beach take a left. First you will come to El Pelicano, which has good food and is a little bit fancier. Next door is a place called Juanita, which has lots of seafood. Both places very popular and people come from San Jose to eat there.

Playa Hermosa...
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for Manuel Antonio National Park, Jaco
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10. Re: SJO to Manuel Antonio. Lunch?

Bubba's on Bohio has great fish tacos (grilled or fried) with any assortment of toppings (cheese, toms, onions, jalapenos, slaw). Also veg, lobster, beef and chix tacos. Directly on the beach BUT the parking lot is not visible from the dining area. A fun place, definitely! I also like Fiesta del Mariscos and Juanitas too! A new fav of ours is Rancho de Manuel (which is just south of the AutoMercado plaza in Herradura). Right side of the road, the parking lot sets down a slight dip. Really great typical CR food, good specials, super people! (Full bar in the event you want to enjoy your first Imperial or Pilsen in Paradise!) Enjoy! Lisa