Our favorite little shack in Costa Rica


You know that theme song from Cheers…. “You wanna go where everyone knows your name” well The Shack is that place.

The Shack is the neighborhood hang out and the owner and the staff is practically starting to feel like family.  The Shack is about 2 blocks from the beach in the town of Surfside and right on the shiny new paved road that goes through to Potrero, you can’t miss it.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday – Sunday and are closed on Mondays.  We eat here probably twice a week, it’s by far one of our favorite places to catch a bite to eat.  There are no paper menus, the menu is written on chalk boards and doesn’t change too much.  One of the things we like best about this restaurant is that the food is consistent and good every single time.  They also put up with our simple requests for substitutions.  The kids like to come here because of the hammocks and the foosball table.


Breakfast at the shack includes all you can drink coffee and is free with an order of breakfast. The coffee station sits at the end of the bar and it’s help yourself.  They have a great breakfast menu that even includes gluten free pancakes! McKenna always orders the breakfast burrito, which is huge and usually only eats about half. I usually go with the typical Tico breakfast.



Best Damn Nachos in Guanacaste

I have tried a lot of nachos in Costa Rica, I am pretty much becoming a Nacho Connoisseur.  For some reason they are everywhere here, but The Shack makes the best of the bunch!  Others may claim they have the biggest, but that does not mean they are the best.  I crave The Shack’s nachos much like I crave the fish tacos at Las Catalinas.  The baby size is plenty for one person and the Grande is perfect for sharing.

They also have a variety of entertainment on the weekends that includes open mic night, reggae night,  a few local bands and popular musicians.  They even host Bingo nights to support the local charity Abriendo Mentes.

You can find them on Facebook for hours, news and local updates. Shoes not required.









  1. Stefanie

    Hi! I was wondering if you have recommendations for places to eat in the arenal area and Monteverde area. I’m going to Costa Rica for the first time next month and would really appreciate advice from someone that’s been there and seems to like to explore like me 🙂 thanks so much if you’re able to help!

  2. Andrea

    There is a great cafe called the Morpho’s you cannot miss it – it has a huge painted blue morpho butterfly.

    I actually wrote about it:

    We ate here twice and we ate at our hotel mostly. We stayed at the Monteverde Lodge and Gardens – great food – and great bar area. You can go to the bar and restaurant even if you are not staying there. they have a beautiful property to walk around too!

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