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Balu's Beach Bar

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€€ - €€€
Bar, Costa Rican, Seafood, Pub, South American, Central American
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By the park - on the beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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184 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Two years ago my husband and I spent his birthday lounging in beach chairs in front of Balu's. we enjoyed our time and food there so much we returned today. We were not disappointed in the least. Mavio made sure we were taken care of. The ceviche is very good and a large portion. Most I've had served with fried... More 

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Thank Cindi S
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located on the beach at Manuel Antonio, Balu's beach bar has 2 for 1 cocktail specials and serves tasty ceviche. Balu's Beach Bar is the perfect destination to watch the sun set over beautiful playa Manuel Antonio.

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Thank brennawm
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Beach Bar had cold beer and good food at reasonable prices. When here as of Paluka for chair rentals. He has a great outlook on life and happy personality. Third time in five years to this area, have gone here exclusivly each time.

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Thank SueB942
yorkshire
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our third year in Costa Rica and Balu is one of our favourite places. We also rent a sun lounger and parasol from them. The food is always good and the staff are very friendly. Chicken rice is my favourite dish here and i normally have a good helping of their home made hot sauce which is delicious

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Thank buddyorbison
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little gathering place to enjoy a pina colada and good locally sourced food. Right on the beach so no shoes required. For the old timers who used to come here years ago, the location is where the old Mar y Sombra was and still run by the Ramirez family. Definitely the best place for a cheap and casual day... More 

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Thank SusanandJesse
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

That's the only bar/restaurant really on Espadilla beach, all the others are in the "village" by the road on the other side of the Beach. In a way it preserves the shores from destruction by shacks. The shady setting is a ramshackle of concrete tables and benches which were once levelled but the waves probably decided otherwise... The menu offers... More 

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Thank Aralya
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Definitely the best bar on the beach. The only bar right on the beach side and perfectly positioned for sun set. Super cocktails with all day 2-4-1 offers and bar snacks for those feeling peckish. Also booked a surf lesson here which was great fun. Massive bonus having a card machine too!

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Kempten, Germany
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

I think they should keep this local as a bar and not serving food at all or at least some snacks would be better. With the prices they are selling the food which is a very bad quality, you can go to very good restaurants in Manuel Antonio. The drinks are so so and the view is beautiful. I will... More 

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Thank Hanzbeer
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We love to try out restaurants, wether its fine dining or a hole on the wall and in a beach trip like this, we like to eat in small dive bars and we were told to try out Balu that was conveniently located beachfront....We asked how much the lobster was and they said 34 dollars for half to a pound... More 

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Thank CJVTF
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I loved this little bar. We sat in the afternoon after some beaching and sun enjoying cold beer and delicious food. The service is friendly and the food is great! The big highlight is that you don't even have to leave the beach to go here!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Costa Rican, Seafood, Pub, South American, Central American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: By the park - on the beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?