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“A welcome rest stop for tourists and surfers”

Hotel Las Tortugas -Dining
Ranked #12 of 21 Restaurants in Playa Grande
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Edmonton, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A welcome rest stop for tourists and surfers”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

This is the only sit-down restaurant on Playa Grande near Tamarindo. It is an old-fashioned beach hotel with a truly wonderful beach atmosphere. The menu is somewhat limited but very local in structure and flavour. Try something different here. The portions are reasonably small and that is just fine. Fries are served with almost everything at lunch - but they are very tasty. The second-story deck is nicely shaded, with friendly lizards sunbathing on the roof next door, and monkeys feeding in the trees.
This is the beach that is protected after sunset between November and March. Some of the very few remaining leatherback turtles in the world nest here, so perhaps you'd like to stay after dark on moonless nights and get a guide to take you onto the beach for a chance at seeing one of nature's most astounding sights.
During the day, this is a sunbather's and surfer's paradise. The 5-kilometer beach is almost empty even during high season, the surf breaks beautifully in about 3 different spots, and Las Tortugas Restaurant provides a welcome respite from the heat.

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English first
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“the foodie has arrived!”
Reviewed December 13, 2011

Whats not to like, right down to the margaritas! the Beer could stay colder longer but thats always been my problem...
Capt. Chuck

Visited November 2011
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Quebec City, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good food, pleasant location”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

Food is good here although not cheap by Costa Rican standard.

Visited November 2011
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San Ignacio, Belize
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice Little Tucked Away Hotel and Restaurant”
Reviewed November 22, 2011

The staff was friendly, the beers were ice-cold, the menu was extensive with lots of fresh local dishes (great fish and seafood here). Prices were moderate and portions were good sized. One can sit and view the ocean while dining!

Visited December 2010
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Heredia, Costa Rica
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Not as inexpensive as they anounce on their website”
Reviewed October 18, 2011

The place has a cool design, the food is tasty, but a little overpriced for what you get. Might as well eat in one of the restaurants around for the same price.

Visited October 2011
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Thank Megadark
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