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Dinner before arriving at AOL?

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Dinner before arriving at AOL?

We hope to arrive in La Fortuna around 4:30-5:00p.m. We were considering stopping at El Novillo or La Choza de Laurel for dinner before heading to AOL. We have also heard the warnings about driving after dark. If it were you, would you enjoy a relaxing dinner first, or just make your way to AOL immediately?

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1. Re: Dinner before arriving at AOL?

Well considering it gets dark a bit after 6, you might want some time to see Arenal from the lodge in daylight first, in case it's cloudy/crappy the next day. Besides, AOL has a 'restaurant' with a helluva view...

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2. Re: Dinner before arriving at AOL?

La Choza de Laurel and El Novillo get a lot of good reviews here and at Fodors, but keep in mind they are just outdoor slabs of cement with tables on them, with a kitchen attached. El Novillo has good food and really friendly service, but we found La Choza de Laurel very touristy with average food. AOL has a pretty restaurant with candlelight service and a wonderful view. It's had bad reviews for some of their food, but we had a great dinner there. Maybe if you stick to basic Costa Rican fare there and avoid some of their more ambitious offerings you will have better luck. I'd go for AOL for dinner and maybe El Novillo for lunch when you're heading back into town.

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3. Re: Dinner before arriving at AOL?

Beware that the reception desk keeps short hours at AOL. If you arrive after 10:00, you'll be sleeping with the oropendolas and coatis.

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4. Re: Dinner before arriving at AOL?

Thanks for your replies. It sounds like straight to AOL is the best route!

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