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“Life is good (and so is the food) in Mai Pais” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Las Caracolas

Las Caracolas
Ranked #2 of 18 Restaurants in Mal Pais
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Central American, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
San Jose, CA
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83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Life is good (and so is the food) in Mai Pais”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

You don't have to go to Caracolas food. We didn't. We made a mistake. We went for mango and watermelon smoothies and to sit in the pool overlooking the ocean. This was a great place to unwind after walking or driving the hot, dusty roads of Mal Pais. The drinks were made with the freshest fruit. We also laid in the hammocks and listened to the surf hit against the rocky shore. Since we were there between meals, we passed on food. We later heard from other vacationers that we'd made a great mistake. Learn from us. Go to Caracolas, spend some time, enjoy a drink, make sure you eat some food, and think about how wonderful it is that places like this exist and how lucky you are to be there.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mary Frances L
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great food, amazing location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

If you are looking for delicious food (especially the fish plates), reasonable prices right on beach that’s the best place in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.
Me and my family enjoyed this place very much that we kept returning back. They have hammocks everywhere where you can lay down and watch the sea while waiting for your food, relaxed music and even a small swimming pool for the young kids to enjoy before the food is served. Highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Perfect little beach restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Loved the food at Caracolas, could have eaten here every day. Glorious fresh fish, seafood soup full of surprises and delicious fruit shakes. Right on the beach, complete with hammocks for snoozing the afternoon away after a large lunch. The bar is made from pieces of driftwood found on the beach and there are some wonderful little touches in the decor. There are also rooms here which seemed popular.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PerfectFootprint
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Costa Rica
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best view ever for a restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

We absolutely loved the location. We found the place accidentally and stayed for a lovely lunch. It had a beautiful vista with good food. The prices were inline with other restaurants in the area. The margarita was tipico for costa rica, but not for me - too much lemon and no grenadine. The service was very good and everyone was very nice to us. This place is worth wandering over and visiting.

Visited March 2013
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Thank happyincr
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food right on the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

Great spot right on the beach. Watch the waves rollin while having a great meal. Friendly service. The owners a relaxed and always willing to make you comfortable.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Adam B
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