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A clutch of basic open-air sodas is at the traffic circle in the center of El Coco village. These restaurants serve Tico standards, with an emphasis on fried fish. Prices are quite low—though the quality is good, for the most part.

You can get excellent Italian food at Soda Mediterránea ★ (tel. 8742-6553), in the little El Pueblito strip mall on the road running north and parallel to the beach, and decent tacos with fillings like jerk chicken or beer braised pork at the Chorotacos ★ (tel. 8341-0413), a taco cart run by a Canadian couple in front of SuperLuperon. For a quick or light meal, try Le Coq ★ (tel. 2670-0608), an open-air Lebanese restaurant on the main drag in the center of town.

Right on the main strip, you’ll also find the various Papagayo operations. Building on the success of their seafood restaurant, Papagayo Seafood ★ (tel. 2670-0298), Papagayo Steak House ★ (tel. 2670-0605), and Papagayo Sushi Boat ★ (tel. 2670-0298), attempt to cover all bases.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.