Playa Montezuma Costa Rica enjoys a longstanding reputation as an alternative lifestyle destination, attracting hippies, backpackers, UFO buffs, European expatriates, and budget travelers from all over the world. Dining in Playa Montezuma offers a bit of everything at every price point.
Today, this remote stretch of isolated beachfront framed by lush rainforest welcomes curious families and tourists as well as the eclectic crowd that made it famous. Anybody can enjoy dining in Playa Montezuma Costa Rica today, and comfortable accommodations and satisfying cuisine is available for every kind of traveler.
Everyone is welcome, and the scenery is still unforgettable.
Dining options in Playa Montezuma Costa Rica run the gamut from simple sodas featuring inexpensive Tico cuisine, to international fare that will intrigue even the most jaded gourmet.
Right next to the Hotel Lucy, Restaurante Lucy offers one of the most laid back, simple open-air experiences in town. Only a few steps from the ocean, Restaurante Lucy serves up traditional Tico dishes at affordable prices all day long. Sit awhile and listen to the waves while lingering over coffee.
Located at the crossroads on the road into Playa Montezuma Costa Rica, Pizzeria Angulo Etrusco makes excellent thin crust pizzas, calzones, and pasta dishes for a modest charge. Downtown, the cooks at the Hotel Moctezuma offer Spanish fare such as paella, gazpacho, and tapas for more adventurous appetites.
El Sano Banano Village Café pays homage to Playa Montezuma Costa Rica’s hippie vegetarian past, offering hearty meatless sandwiches on homemade whole wheat bread and fish and vegetable casados for right around five dollars USD. Nightly vegetarian specials and salads are also featured, along with delicious fish and chicken dishes for those who do eat animal protein.
The fruit shakes at El Sana Banano are out of this world, and the mocha shakes add a bit of decadence to this otherwise super-healthy diner.
One of the most popular open-air restaurants in Play Montezuma Costa Rica is Playa de los Artistas. The food is Italian and Mediterranean, and features lots of locally caught fresh fish. Served on large wooden platter with lots of freshly baked bread to soak up the sauces, Playa de los Artistas is a good place to take a hearty appetite and several close friends.
To kick it up a notch, check out Ylang Ylang at Sano Bonano’s beachfront hotel, a new full-service restaurant offering Asian inspired international dishes such as jumbo in pineapple and coconut sauce and vegeterian teriyaki stir fry. Several crepe and pasta dishes round out the eclectic menu. The décor is pretty and elegant, and the sculpted bar offers a full range of alcoholic beverages.
For night life, check out Chico’s Bar in Playa Montezuma Costa Rica, or the bar in the Hotel Montezuma, both of which frequently feature live music and lots of crowded fun. A large disco at Barcela Playa Tambor Beach Resort nearby offers visitors with excess energy a safe place to dance the night away, or, for those who just want to relax quietly, El Sano Banano Village Café doubles as the local movie house at night.