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La Vida Loca

$$ - $$$
Bar, South American, Costa Rican
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
011 506 2670 0181
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Service & quality of food v dependent on time you go. If more than 10 people total, skip and find another place. We had vg seafood tacos midday; then mediocre @ night when every table filled & bar stools filled and then some. Same w drinks. Only order beer. Staff, kitchen & bar are easily overwhelmed.

Thank BriaBoston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Hey if you want a smallish pizza snack size the pizza is good here. A bit pricy for the size but the pizza base is yum the staff are nice and it's next to double six beach.

Thank Kevin G
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Found this charming place at the top of the beach in Cocos. Over a rickety bridge and into a great chilled out and quirky bar hangout. A few cool beers later spent a great evening chatting to and mixing with the fantastic mix of beautiful people. A slice of Ibiza in Costa Rica truly Pura Vida.

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Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

A group of expats dropped in for the live music and dinner. There was a DJ playing crap music very loudly. I ordered the happy hour pina colada. Excellant! But my friend ordered one and was told they had no pineapple. He mentioned that this was the drink of the day special, and why were the out of the supplies... More 

Thank Linda M
Morro Bay, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

La Vida is a terrific open-air bar and cafe on the beach at Playa del Coco. The beer is served ice cold in the bottle, but ask for it in a plastic cup so you can take it down to the water"s edge, only a hundred or so feet away.The food is good and reasonable, the service excellent. My only... More 

Thank morroguy
Eagan, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Went there last year and was very surprised by the renovations by the new owners Amber and Lauren. They are fun, cool girls from Miami who did a great job with renovations. One of them is always there, and they are engaging and friendly. It is off the beach, although I have only been there at night. It is a... More 

Thank pabbott4557
Moose Jaw, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

Cheap beer and happy hour. 1000c food nothing to write home about advertises free popcorn haven't seen it yet service slow but great place to watch the sunset on the beach and meet people

Thank frannie1155040
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Waited patiently for 15 minutes and was never greeted by a server to give me a menu or take my drink order. They weren't even busy. Plus they allow their patrons to smoke in the restaurant.

Thank Hard2Please4Travel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Imagine being in a Costa Rican restaurant, at the beach, gazing out at the azure Pacific and chomping down on Pork Schnitzel - yep German food! It was pretty tasty but a little on the dry side. The German potato salad was quite good. The cost was reasonable for the atmosphere; outdoor seating on a sand floor. Because it was... More 

Thank historyknut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

We stopped here last night. It was our first dinner here for the week! Score!! Things were a little confused at first with the waitress on if dinner was going to be able to be served but then met Lauren the owner and she couldn't have been more gracious, friendly and accommodating. The the food came! Outstanding! Wonderful flavor and... More 

Thank Kathy J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playas del Coco
  • Phone Number: 011 506 2670 0181

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