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“Best on the beach, by far”
Review of Sol y Mar

Sol y Mar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Sol y Mar is the center of all activity for Zancudo, sooner or later everyone will show up there. Ideally situated with a grand view of the Pacific, (and as close to the water as the law allows!) This is a great meeting place, bar and restaraunt. Owned by Rick and Lauri, it has been a fantastic place to eat, tell stories, hear better stories, and enjoy a wide variety of food for years. The offerings run from cheeseburgers to Thai to pastas, fresh fish and steaks to the regular offerings of Ricks Gigantic Ribs. No small portions here, no lack of sauces for your entree either. I love the vera cruz and the smoked jalapeno.

Rick offers cabinas as well, which might come in very handy after a long night of food and beverages.

The regular crowd are a unique blend of locals, expats, guests, and visitors. Catching Peter Pelon playing is real treat as well. The guy has a huge repetoire of music, a great voice, and is a real good guy as well. He also has a taxi service and an inland fishing service.

Come down, enjoy the sun, music, food, and folks.

I have done this for a month every year for the last 8 years, and can not wait to go back again.

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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Staying at Sol Y Mar was a bonding experience for me with Costa Rica. I will always want to go back to this magical resort, where life is as simple as a good place, good food, good people, all the hammock time your heart desires. The friends, the music, the gigantic beach, the bar... That's just where the bonding experience begins, before you leave your like family. Don't leave this stop off your destinations list.

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Thank LMahan
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Reviewed 26 April 2013 via mobile

This is not the best food or atmosphere in Zancudo. This is one of the few places for love music so have a drink at the bar. The fried fish is good but other spots are superior for tico food and other fare.

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Thank NHsurferchick
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

I love Sol Y Mar, the atmosphere, the food, the live music and the people. It's my favorite bar and restaurant and place to stay of anywhere in the world. The people there Rick, Lori, Karla, Willy, Walter, Yoko and Shirley are amazing. I traveled alone for the first time to Costa Rica 2 years ago and they instantly made me feel at home. They have excellent food; great barbecue, great seafood, watch for the days when they get in fresh tuna it goes quickly for good reason, my favorite is the fresh Sashimi with wasabi and soy sauce. Also I don't even like calamari and theirs is amazing. Also I recommend the sea bass in garlic butter and as the personal preference of an adventurous spirit a glass of Centenario. They are located right on the beach and out back you can swim in the water and enjoy the bioluminescent water light up like fireflies underwater at night. It's best when there's as little moon out as possible. The bar is great too and always a good time with lots of laughter and great music. They have great live music there as well which is always a lot of fun. They also have great banana pancakes. And a delightful and very talkative dog named Spy who especially enjoys barbecue night. In my opinion it's a big part of the heart and soul of Zancudo and one of those rare places in life you walk into take a big sigh of relief and think to yourself, "ahhh, this must be the place."

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Thank John S
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

We stayed in the cabinas of sol y mar. The food was so good, we didn't even feel the need to look for anything else. They have a menu with a lot of different choices. The breakfasts are really nice and healthy. They have excellent, freshly made hamburgers for lunch. The fresh tuna was superb and als the jumbo shrimps were really nice. I can go on and on. The staff is really sweet and friendly. Definitely a place where you should go to eat if you're in Zancudo, even if you're not staying at their cabinas.

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Thank EviUtrecht
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