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“A favorite of local expats and locals alike!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Vela Latina - CLOSED

La Vela Latina
Beach Bar La Vela Latina, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Cuisines: American, Bar, South American, Japanese, Sushi, Pub, Central American, Costa Rican
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Playa Samara
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A favorite of local expats and locals alike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

"Vela" is all you need to say! Great beach side atmosphere with a super view of the island, the reefs, the surfers, the kids..... Vela is what Samara is all about! Sit under the open sky, the trees, or in a comfy rocking chair in the open bar - or wander up to the bar for what always appears to be a lively discussion about the subject of the day.
When our grand kids are visiting, they think "going to the beach" means they are headed to Vela because it is so easy for them to enjoy the water's edge while their parents can sit just a few meters away and observe. Plenty of food choices for both adults and children, as well as a great bar that pumps out cold beer, mixed drinks, smoothies and colorful tropical drinks - something for everyone!
Don't miss La Vela Latina, and go there early in your trip because you will want to go back!

Visited November 2012
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Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome place right infront of the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Awesome place to hang out, great drinks, tasty international cuisine, right in front of the beautiful blue ocean of Samara which makes the atmosphere very cool and refreshing from the hot streets up the road to the hotels and rentals. You feel like you are in an Oasis in paradise as the temperatures go down at least 10 degrees as you are sitting with the cool ocean breeze all day long! Great spot to have lunch, watch the sun go down with a cold beer or cocktail with great people and have a quiet awesome dinner! Enjoy!

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank jackiemora01
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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth the stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

You can tell this place receives a ton of traffic from visitors and guests to Samara. The laid-back vibe, tasty beverages, and beach access make this a prime spot for after-beach drinks or a casual bite.

Visited October 2012
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1 Thank cc702
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San Diego, CA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Pura Vida”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

this is a great spot on the beach in Samara to relax and enjoy an ice cold cerveza and freshly made cocktail. You will always feel welcome here. The food is delish. If you want to feel like a local, then this is the place to go.

Visited July 2012
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Traverse City, Michigan
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103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Better options close by”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Not my favorite. Overpriced, and I had an expensive shawl stolen there, with a slick denial made by the personnel who probably stole it. A poor attitude from the manager on duty the next day, when I again checked to see if someone might have discovered it and turned it in.

Visited December 2011
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Thank JWrites
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