Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sunset in Manuel Antonio, Cost Rica

Sunsets over the Pacific in Manuel Antonio should not be missed. The resort area of Manuel Antonio / Quepos is nine degrees above the equator. There is virtually equal parts of day and night all year round.

Many restaurants/bars have incredible views and offer sunset specials starting @ 4pm to 7pm. The Costa Rican mountains are lush with jungle and cascade into the Pacific ocean. Late afternoon the sky over the Pacific emerges from blue to a kaleidoscope of colors as the sun melts into the endless sea.

One day Michael and I spent the entire day on the beach, and watched the sun fade into the Pacific.

Other days we went to the famed Barba Roja restaurant to watch the sunset. Barba Roja is one of the "mainstays" of Manuel Antonio. Its one of the oldest restaurants. It's a hangout for Ticos, expats and tourists alike.

One of our favorite places is a newer establishment called Mogambo at Rapheal's Terraza's. This little sunset bar caters to a gay clientele and is lively (especially on Sundays). The views are perfect. The right amount of jungle and Pacific. Isla Magote and other islands make a nice backdrop for a dramatic sunset.

The bar has a great happy hour with two for one, and there is a cute restaurant locate down below. The bar/restaurant is locate halfway between the beach and the top of the hill on the "Manuel Antonio Road" aka careterra. While at this bar, we ran into people we knew from Boston. You never know who you may meet in the jungle!

If you are visiting the west coast of Costa Rica, you cannot miss the amazing sunsets....

The Details:
Bar Mogambo at Raphael's Terraza's 
(Sunset bar located above restaurant)
On the Manuel Antonio Road going toward the beach
Gay Clientele
Open Tuesday to Sunday 4pm to Midnight. Closed Monday. Sundays are festive
Happy hour 4pm to 6pm 
Telephone: + 506.2777.6310
Barba Roja Restaurant
Centre of Manuel Antonio on Manuel Antonio Road
One of Manuel Antonio's oldest restaurants 
Great Seafood and epic sunset!

(View from Restaurante Barba Roja January 2013)

(One of our favorite photos from Barba Roja November 2007)

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