Best Places to Eat in Playa Hermosa for a Delicious Vacation!

An essential part of your stay at Papagayo Golden Palms is the opportunity to explore beyond the property and find exciting places to enjoy. Thanks to its fantastic location, whether it be a different beach, a live volcano, or a restaurant, Papagayo is the perfect stay while in Guanacaste. It is also just around the headland from Playa Hermosa, boasting many great restaurants, so let’s review the best places to eat in Playa Hermosa for a delicious vacation!

Papagayo Golden Palms enjoys a fantastic location on the shores of the Gulf of Papagayo, with the world-renowned Papagayo Peninsula just across the calm, inviting water. It is also just around the coast from Playa El Coco and Playa Hermosa, two lively beaches with various restaurants, bars, and eateries to enjoy. Both offer the occasional alternative to the Arenas Restaurant Fusion Food, Papagayo Golden Palm’s delicious dining experience.

So if you decide to do some beach hopping, or drive to other places during your stay, why not try another restaurant, the hand of another chef, or the views to savor different flavors and dishes. This is what travel is about, and Papagayo Golden Palms wants to explore some dining opportunities close by if you decide to leave the comforts and pleasures of the hotel and the Arenas Restaurant.


1.    Ginger

Ginger Restaurant is considered one of the best restaurants in Playa Hermosa and Guanacaste, and it is just a few minutes from Papagayo Golden Palms! This Asian-inspired restaurant serves a range of delicious tapas with flavors from India and South-East Asia based on the fresh, tropical ingredients from Costa Rica!

Ginger is also a tree-house dining experience with an open-air restaurant sitting within the canopy of a tree! It is perfect for catching the ocean breeze and enjoying the delicious mixture of flavors of the food and the cocktails!  It is best to make a reservation as this is one popular eatery!

TripAdvisor rated this restaurant as the Best Restaurant in Playa Hermosa with raving reviews about the menu and the ambiance.

Type of Food: Asian Fusion, spicy

Portions: Small dishes, tapa

Ambiance: Casual elegance

Prices: Moderate

Recommendations: Ginger´s Ahí Tuna, Bengali Sea Bass, Lobster Summer Rolls,


2.    Aqua Sport

Are you looking for a beachfront restaurant with a great seaside vibe? Then, Aqua Sport may be the place for you to listen to some live music, catch an incredible sunset and relax on the patio chairs while enjoying some seafood or a burger.

Aqua Sport is more of a party place, so if you would like a change of pace from the calm of Papagayo Golden Palms, this could be the place to visit during your stay in Guanacaste. Then, after a night of music and sand between your toes, you can retreat to the quiet of your room.

Type of Food: Seafood, burgers

Portions: Generous

Ambiance: Casual, beachside

Prices: Moderate

Recommendations: Wings, Surf ´n Turf, cold Costa Rican beer, Ceviche 


3.    La Casita del Marisco

La Casita del Marisco translates to the Little House of Seafood. While it may be a tiny house, it is big on seafood and has a homely feel.  This open-air restaurant on the beach is laid back and is a famous hangout for locals and visitors.

According to TripAdvisor, La Casita del Marisco rates number 2 on the list of best restaurants in Playa Hermosa. The food is delicious, but it is also a fantastic spot to catch the stunning sunsets while sipping on a delightful tropical cocktail or a cold Costa Rican beer!

Type of Food: Seafood, Latin American

Portions: Generous

Ambiance: Casual, beachside

Prices: Moderate

Recommendations: Seafood Soup, Squid Pasta, New York Strip, any of the cocktails


4.    El Velero Restaurant

This popular restaurant offers lots of fresh seafood and international and local dishes and is just steps from the beach. The spectacular sunsets and the food are what brings in the crowds. 

El Velero Restaurant offers a Taco and Tequila Tuesday, a popular activity for locals and visitors to Playa Hermosa.  El Velero can get busy around sunset and early dinner, so it is best to make a reservation. It ranks in the top 5 restaurants in Playa Hermosa.

Type of Food: Seafood, Latin American

Portions: Generous

Ambiance: Casual, beachside

Prices: Moderate

Recommendations: Tacos, ceviche, mango, and passionfruit margaritas.

The mix of restaurants in Playa Hermosa is exciting. While Papagayo Golden Palms offers the best gastronomical experience in the area with the most delicious dishes to enjoy and savor, Playa Hermosa has some great options. Costa Rica is full of flavors and many fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood products that clever chefs transform into fantastic gourmet delights.

Arenas Restaurant Fusion Food sits front and center of Papagayo Golden Palms. Overlooking the pool area, tropical gardens, and the beach in the foreground, this open-air restaurant offers a varied menu of Costa Rican-inspired dishes to delight the palate. The best restaurant in the neighborhood! 

Type of Food: Something for everyone!

Portions: Generous

Ambiance: Casual elegance

Prices: Moderate

Recommendations: Churrasco, Golden Palms Sea Bass, Passionfruit Cheesecake

Papagayo Golden Palms looks forward to your stay to enjoy the hotel and its culinary experience!