Eat and Chill at These 10 Best Caribbean Beachfront Restaurants

There's little better than basking in a view of the sea while sitting with your feet in the sand and indulging in ceviche at Sobre Las Olas in Cahuita, a small town on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. Tables right on the water's edge are precious few on this remote sliver of coastline, and the kitchen, helmed by a Costa Rican and Italian couple, knows just how to dish out plates that complement the view. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, Koki Beach lays claim to the most laid-back lounge vibe, and also happens to serve excellent food, all overlooking the tiny harbor for which the town is named. Lean back in a brightly painted Adirondack chair and try every appetizer on the menu while watching the local scene unfold in front of you. Discover the hidden De Paso restaurant, nestled with the rainforest between the road and the water's edge, where every table is in the sand- happy hour is a lovely time to enjoy an appetizer and watch the sun go down over the Caribbean. During the day, there's Pan Pay, where most of the casual outdoor tables boast a view of Puerto Viejo beach, others overlook the police station.

Salsa Brava at Night
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By day, this tiny beach is one of the Caribbean's best surf spots, with wicked reef breaks that keep surfers on their toes and onlookers at the edge of their perches. The mosiac tile entryway opens into an airy bar and tables set into the sand....  Read More

Tasty Waves Cantina
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Clearly named for the undeniably stellar Caribbean surf that unfolds just across the road, Tasty Waves Cantina does much to revive the classic surfer vibe that first drew tourists to the area; whatever the weather, from the torrential rains that...  Read More

Tex Mex is conveniently located at the center of town, a big open-air spot on a corner of the main intersection in front of the beach. Wherever you're going, you're going to pass Tex Mex, and whoever's there will see you coming. During the day,...  Read More

It took awhile, but North Americans have arrived in Puerto Viejo, and some say it's about time, especially since The Point opened, offering sports on seven screens and even Costa Rican craft beers on draft. Now the region has a place where...  Read More

De Paso
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Candlelit tables twinkle from the sand, beckoning pedestrians from the side of the road De Paso is nestled between the trees and the water's edge. Named for the path that connects the road to the jungle path and the beach, this little restaurant...  Read More

Pan Pay
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Pan Pay is Puerto Viejo's most popular spot for locals; here is where everyone comes for coffee, croissants, baguettes for later, and to catch up with the neighbors- and if there's a soccer game on, you can watch it here. Located in a casual...  Read More

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Amimodo is an old-school yet new-school family style and family friendly Italian restaurant on the main road in Puerto Viejo. A nondescript, single story cafe style that's invitingly and casual from the street side and the beach side, Amimodo...  Read More

The first of its kind in Puerto Viejo de Limon, KOKI Beach is a truly eco-friendly establishment; a bar, restaurant and lounge made almost entirely from reclaimed materials that takes relaxing and dining and turns them into art forms. With a...  Read More

Maxi's Restaurant is truly a classic, planting its stilts in the sand several decades back, when it was the only restaurant in all of Manzanillo, and it practically still is. Located at the very end of the long road that runs all the way from...  Read More

Sobre las Olas
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Perched on the edge of the coral reef overlooking the beautiful coast of Cahuita, Sobre las Olas is a perfect little restaurant that has excellent food to match its ambience. The best seats are outside nestled between the palm trees, where...  Read More


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On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia