El Avión, or “the plane,” is one of two former CIA C-123 supply planes used to send arms to the Contras in Nicaragua’s civil war. The other one was shot down by the Sandinistas in 1986, leading to the exposure of the Iran-Contra scandal. The remaining plane was decommissioned and spent years in a hangar at the San José airport before this restaurant bought it. It now provides shade and cover for outdoor dining on this large wooden deck built under the plane’s wings and an even more expansive open-air roof structure above. The food is the usual: fresh seafood, steaks, burgers, and sandwiches. But the fresh-caught seared tuna is particularly well done here, as is the arroz con pollo (rice with chicken). Portions are generous. The sunset view here is superb, so you should reserve in advance if you want a table with a view. The restaurant’s bar is inside the old cargo plane’s fuselage.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park› Restaurant
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Daily noon–11pm Phone 2777-3378 Prices Main courses C5,000–C12,500 Cuisine Type Seafood/International Web site El Avión Other Reservations recommended.
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