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“Great place for drinks and atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Vela Latina - CLOSED

La Vela Latina
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Japanese, Latin, Sushi, Pub, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
cape cod, MA/naples, FL
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92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great place for drinks and atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

haven't tried the food yet, but it sure is a great place to visit during happy hour--enjoy the beautiful view, sit back in one of the comfy rockers and savor a few delicious cocktails!

Visited November 2012
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Thank maryandkris
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Playa Samara
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A favorite of local expats and locals alike!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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1 Thank costaricabill
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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 bubbles 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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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth the stop”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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Thank DonoRomantico
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