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Scores of dining options are available around Manuel Antonio and Quepos, and almost every hotel has some sort of restaurant. For the cheapest meals around, try a simple soda in Quepos, or head to one of the open-air joints on the beach road before the national park entrance. Here the standard Tico menu prevails, with prices in the C3,500-to-C6,500 range. Of these, Marlin Restaurant ★ ((tel) 2777-1134), right in front of Playa Espadilla, is your best bet. Mi Lugar, or “Ronny’s Place” ★ ((tel) 2777-5120; www.ronnysplace.com), on the outskirts of Quepos, is another fine option. Mar Luna ((tel) 2777-5107), on the main road as you climb the hill from Quepos toward Manuel Antonio, would be another choice, a Tico-owned spot specializing in seafood.

For lunch, try the beachfront Playitas ★★ at Arenas del Mar; in addition to its great location and secure parking, you get pool privileges for the price of an excellent meal.

For a taste of the high life, head to the La Luna ★ restaurant at Gaia Hotel & Reserve for the sunset tapas menu. The views are stellar and the creative tapas very reasonably priced.

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.