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Balu's Beach Bar

By the park - on the beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American, Central American
$$ - $$$
By the park - on the beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago

tasty lunch menu at concrete seats and tables. My rating reflects all factors, but actually the food was very nice (seafood soup) and worthy of better restaurants, but prices marginally below those other restaurants - cashing in on the location as does everyone looking to...More

Thank ChrisBrown38
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Just away from the heavy tourist umbrellas and crowds, Balu's is perfect for a chill beach vibe, and drinks without lugging around your cooler! 2x1 cocktails are of a decent variety, and the service was quick.

Thank SaraMuldoon
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This is a beat up, well visited site directly on the beach so you can't beat the location. We were hanging out waiting for our group to meet up after a hike of the park and enjoyed cold beverages, snacks and people watching. Offerings were...More

Thank Emesge27
Reviewed 23 March 2017 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....More

Thank Cindi S
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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.

Thank brennawm
Reviewed 12 March 2017

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.

Thank SueB942
Reviewed 7 March 2017

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...More

Thank buddyorbison
Reviewed 28 February 2017 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...More

Thank SusanandJesse
Reviewed 22 February 2017

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...More

Thank Aralya
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....More

Thank es488
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My son and his girlfriend are getting married in Manuel Antonio the week of June 26th-July 3. We are looking for a place to accommodate 50-55 people for dinner on Friday July 1. Can you accommodate that number of people at your restaurant. Could you please respond as soon as possible because the kids are trying to get everything booked in the next day or two. Thanks and have a great day. Linda McLaughlin
14 September 2015|
Response from Johanna R | Property representative |
Off course we can accommodate you on that date. We also offer weaddings and events service, you can check our page on Facebook Pura Love Weaddings. For more information contact me on Facebook Restaurante Balu or Pura Love... More
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Erin A
Hi there, Do you folks have lockers or offer any-sort of service in which if we purchases chairs etc from you we could leave our packs in the back to avoid lugging them around MA for the day as we will be in-between accommodations the day we come. Thanks in advance!
20 August 2015|
Response from Johanna R | Property representative |
Hi, yes we have lockers service but only for the day for $4. Besides, we have 2 chairs and umbrella for $10 the day. Thanks for asking see you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Bar, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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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