Drift Away Eco-Lodge may seem remote, but we are close to a surprising number of great restaurants in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica. Dining is one of the great adventures our guests experience when they visit!
A variety of restaurants all within a few kilometres offer Italian cuisine, Costa Rican traditional food and fusion dishes, home-cooked meals, and great pizzas – and you can enjoy them in lush, tropical, outdoor spaces or at a restaurant on the beach.
All these restaurants accept major credit cards and are all within a 2-kilometre radius of the Drift Away Eco-Lodge. We recommend you try any one of these Playa Avellanas restaurants, and our friendly and helpful staff will happily book your table!
Best Restaurants in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica
Lola’s, Playa Avellanas
Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 1.6 km (1 mile)
Lola’s restaurant is a famous Costa Rican beachfront restaurant. It’s located right on the beach in Playa Avellanas and offers a great view of the surfers riding the waves. Dine with the sand in your toes under the shade of the palm trees, with a great lunch menu with organic food – good ceviche, poke and burgers, served with ice-cold beers. This alone makes it a great dining destination, but it may be most famous for its mascot – a giant pig named Lolita!
Lola’s restaurant uses organic produce and free-range organic chicken and eggs. We recycle, compost (or feed Lolita!) and convert fryer oil to biodiesel. We support the local communities, police, schools, children’s advocacy groups, lifeguards, beach clean-ups, animal clinics, a variety of local charities and several environmental projects.
Vegetarian mains include a veggie burger and pesto pasta. There are also a variety of salads and some veggie pizza choices.
Lola’s, Playa Avellanas Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays
Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 2.1 km (1.6 miles)
Mauna Loa is named after one of the volcanoes that make up the Hawaiian Islands – a tribute to our own “Little Hawaii”, a favorite surfing spot nearby. Mauna Loa has a great outdoor dining atmosphere with quaint tables sprawled over its property with romantic lighting. The menu offers authentic Italian food, homemade pasta and pizza, and Mauna Loa’s famous tiramisu. There is sometimes live music as well which adds to the ambiance of the evening.
Vegetarian options include pizza and pasta dishes.
Mauna Loa Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., & 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Closed for several weeks during Green Season.
Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 1.6 km (1 mile)
Another Italian food favorite is Il Rustico. The restaurant prides itself on its home-cooked meals, with homemade pasta and pizza served in a cozy rustic cottage in the forest. The young couple who operates the restaurant is from a small city in central Italy and came to Guanacaste with their grandmother’s recipes. The lasagna is fantastic! Some nights there is live music.
Vegetarian options include pizza and pasta dishes.
Il Rustico Hours of Operation: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Closed Thursdays. Closed for several weeks during Green Season.
Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 1.2 km (0.8 miles)
Restaurante Blu bills itself as “Costa Rica Fusion”, and is a trendy little place that makes great cocktails – and a mean Moscow Mule! Blu is famous for its creativity and photo-worthy presentations, like its signature smoky sirloin tip burger served under a glass dome full of smoke! Its saucy chicken wings are also served smoked in a sealed glass jar that releases the savory aroma when you open it. Our guests rave about it!
Vegetarian mains include pizzas, gnocchi, and a Mediterranean Platter.
Restaurante Blu hours: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.
Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 0.8 km (0.5 miles)
Gregorio’s Bar and Restaurant has an authentic, rustic Guanacaste feel – it’s not a restaurant on the beach, but it’s pretty close. It serves typical Costa Rican food like fried chicken and fish, arroz con camarones (rice with shrimp) and cheap Costa Rica beer. Great for budget travelers and those who want an alternative to the touristy, more upscale restaurants. Staff are friendly – even if you don’t speak Spanish – and the ribs appetizer plate is a meal in itself!
Vegetarian choices include veggie casados, or a variety of local veggie options like papas fritas (fries), Gallo Pinto (rice and beans), and grilled vegetables. Or get a veggie burrito or quesadilla.
Gregorio’s hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day
Playa Avellanas restaurants cater to all tastes and budgets. A culinary adventure awaits on your next visit to Drift Away Eco-Lodge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica!
Read Next: More great restaurants also near the Drift Away Eco-lodge in the village of Los Pargos/Playa Negra.
At Drift Away Eco-Lodge we strive to be as sustainable as possible. We care about the environment on a local and global level, and we want to make a positive impact on the local community. And nowhere is that more evident than in the food we serve our guests.
It just feels natural: Wherever possible Drift Away provides organic food made or grown in the area. Our fruit and vegetables are purchased from a local vendor. So are our eggs. But there is so much more!
We’d like to propose a toast! We serve our free breakfasts with toast made from bread baked at Panadería Alemana (German Bakery) near Liberia. The bakery uses whole grains and grinds and mills its own flour on site. Their fleet of trucks deliver the bread right to the hotel doorstep (often still warm!).
This won’t get your goat: Some people have said Rancho Avellanas raises the “happiest goats on the planet” on its picturesque farm just a few minutes’ drive north of here. It’s why we use their natural, organic and home-made goats’ milk yogurt in our yogurt-and-granola breakfast. You should stop in and see the goat-babies while you’re here!
A rare cut: Organic, natural, free-range meat is not easy to find in Costa Rica, but we wanted to give our guests a sustainable and eco-friendly meat-option with their breakfasts. We did some looking around and discovered Hacienda Sapori Antichi, a small, family-run ranch located inland. Their breakfast pork sausage is made from happy, free-roaming pigs raised on bananas, goats’ milk whey and local, non-GMO corn.
A juicy secret: Our juice bar sells freshly squeezed juice from oranges and grapefruits, handpicked from trees right on our property. And we blend tasty fruit smoothies from scratch (with stainless steel straws, of course). Our palm trees are always dropping coconuts. So we put them in the fridge and presto! Refreshing and delicious coconut water to help cool you off and re-hydrate on a hot afternoon (add a shot of Centenario Costa Rican rum for a cheeky cocktail).
Here’s an eye-opener: Café Corazon is a 100% natural Costa Rican coffee, grown in the mountains south of San José, where some of the best coffee in the world is grown! The beans are roasted at the Corazon Surf Café, right here in the town of Los Pargos. They’re grown with organic compost, carbon ash as pesticide and recycled water. And the coffee is sold in 100% bio-degradable packaging. It’s a wonderful and flavorful way to start your day and it’s why we provide Café Corazon in every room, free for our guests. You can also purchase it in our shop.
And if you’re a teatotaler, our teas are totally terrific! Sangeevani Peace & Tea has created an assortment of teas to please. How about these? Black tea with mint, cardamom, and cinnamon. Red jamaica flower with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Ginger with lemon, lemongrass and peppermint. Green tea with blackberries, peppermint, passion fruit and pineapple. All natural ingredients, hand-made, 100% Costa Rican and in biodegradable packaging. Also provided free in every guest-room. Shall we get the kettle on?
Why the brew-ha-ha? Let this pour over you – our delicious selection of locally brewed craft beers! Ice-cold IPA’s, red ales, amber ales, Belgian whites, & porters. Perro Loco and Los Olas are brewed in nearby Playa Grande. La Selva Artesanal Beer brews its wide assortment of tasty ales – including its unique Costa Rican Brown Ale – in Playa Cabuya on the Nicoya Peninsula. Our Happy-hour is every day between 3 and 5 p.m.
Wine-not? Uncork this little bottle of fun-facts: There is only one wine made with 100% Lambrusca Americana grapes – grown, harvested and fermented in Costa Rica. Vino Don Teofilo is a certified-organic, sweet rosé. Order it at our juice bar as an aperitif – or in a sangria!
Cool your sweet tooth: We make home-made dairy-free ice cream. We churn it on-site using coconut milk and a unique berry found in Costa Rica: mora (a type of blackberry). It’s a perfect balance of tart and sweet and will help you to chill-out by the pool. Yum!
So that’s a (biodegradable) wrap! Feel good about what you eat and drink here. The Drift Away Eco-Lodge is committed to offering our guests the very best that Costa Rica has to offer with a buffet of wholesome, sustainable, and above-all delicious food and beverages — in our breakfasts, in our juice bar, in our rooms, and in our shop. Pura vida!
Here at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, we know that an incredible guest experience starts with incredible service. One of the things we are most proud of is our team of hard-working, friendly, energetic women and men who are committed to helping our guests have a wonderful Costa Rican holiday. Time and time again, we hear from our guests that we have amazing staff. We know! And we want you to learn more about the Drift Away family – who they are, why they love their jobs, and why they love Costa Rica!
Originally from Nicaragua, Alberto has lived in Costa Rica for many years. He grew up in a family with four girls, and now has his own daughters. Today, Alberto is the head of maintenance at the Drift Away Eco Lodge. He fixes, builds, repairs, and upgrades. He can do just about anything – just like MacGuyver! What Alberto loves most about Costa Rica? “Enjoying the sea!”
Augustine is responsible for the wonderful and beautiful gardens and landscaping of the Drift Away property. He has been trimming and grooming the property for more than a decade – before the Drift Away Eco Lodge even existed! You can catch him cleaning the pool, watering the plethora of plants, or pruning the palms around the pool. Augustine is from Nicaragua, but has lived in Costa Rica for more than 14 years. His favorite thing about his job – besides the plants – is the hard-working people he has had the pleasure of working with over the past 14 years.
You can usually find Janel working behind the Drift Away Eco Lodge juice bar. She is one of our excellent receptionists, and she does a wonderful job helping guests and making sure they enjoy their vacation. You may also find her helping out with breakfast when it’s busy! Janel lives in the area with her two children. When she isn’t working Janel attends University, studying General Administration. “I like to interact with people and meet people,” she says. “I love Costa Rica because it is a quiet country.”
Lorena is one of the meticulous housekeepers at Drift Away Eco-Lodge. You’ll also see her serving or cooking breakfasts. She is married with three daughters, and lives in a nearby community called Florida. She loves her country because “it is a free country and a country of peace. I love the nature that we have.” Lorena is fantastic at keeping the entire hotel clean and organized.
Rosa is our main cook. She makes hundreds of breakfasts every month for the guests here at the Lodge. Her eggs and Gallo Pinto (rice & beans) are delicious! Rosa is a grandmother who lives in Paraiso with her family, whom she loves because “it is the most valuable thing that God and life could give me.” She likes working in the kitchen the most, because that is where her skills shine. Besides hotel guests, she loves to cook for her grandchildren “because they always end up eating a little more food.” Rosa loves Costa Rica because it is the land where she was born, and what she appreciates the most are the beautiful beaches of Guanacaste.
Yanina works hard at keeping the rooms and villas at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge spotless. Yanina also helps serve guests their free breakfasts when we are busy. When she is not working at the hotel she likes to spend time with her daughters. “My family is very kind and respectful,” she says. Her favorite thing about living in Costa Rica is its abundance of nature and the beautiful beaches.
Yarlin (pronounced JAR-lyn) is one of the receptionists at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge. Her smiling face welcomes guests and she treats everyone with kindness. She lives in Paraiso with her mother and siblings, near her grandparents (Rosa the cook is her grandmother!) Yarlin is studying Sustainable Tourism Business Management at the The National University of Costa Rica in Nicoya. “I love to live in Costa Rica because we are rich, but I am not talking about money,” she explains. “It is rich for me because of the peace and the beautiful environment that is here in my dear Costa Rica.
Bicycling at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica is free, emission-free, and a fun way to get around.
In North America, Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 17, and Bike To Work Week is May 13-19, 2019. At Drift Away Eco Lodge, we like to think every day is a great day to take a bicycle and go for a ride.
Although we are ‘off the beaten path’, which means a vehicle is recommended to get to our remote location, we encourage guests to leave their car parked once they arrive. We offer free bicycle rentals to our guests (based on availability) as a zero-emission way of exploring the beautiful beaches, nearby restaurants, and monkey and bird-filled forests that surround our eco-lodge.
Riding a bike is a healthy, fun, and low-impact form of exercise for all ages. It invigorates and energizes. Take the hotel bicycles for a picnic on the beach. Ride up to a lookout with panoramic views of the Costa Rican coastline. Get lost on the dirt trails where you’ll ride by Tico cowboys on horses herding their cattle. Discover a soda (a Costa Rican diner) with amazing local food. You’ll never know what you’ll find!
Moreover, cycling has the potential to have a significant impact on climate change. According the League of American Bicyclists, 40 per cent of all trips in the United States are under two miles, making cycling a much more environmentally friendly option than pollution-emitting vehicles. And it seems there is an increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options. Between 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 per cent!
Bikes reduce the need to build, service and dispose of cars. According to the Queensland Department of Transport, cycling 10 km each way to work would save 1500 kg of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
It’s why we thought it was important to invest in free bicycles for our hotel guests.
So make cycling part of your Costa Rican adventure. Hop on one of our bikes and start exploring – and don’t forget to wear a helmet! (we rent those out for free, too.)
Guests of Drift Away Eco-Lodge can also take advantage of free rentals for surf boards, boogie boards, & beach umbrellas!