Ronny’s Place is a Local Treasure
There are few restaurants in Manuel Antonio with ocean views and genuine, local food. Ronny’s Place is the best of them. Located far from any hotels or resorts, it requires a short drive up a bumpy dirt road to a perfect ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Aside from a couple of nearby luxury vacation rental homes, the entire valley below is undeveloped pastureland, giving way to a grove of tropical trees and palms, and down to a deserted beach. A large hill of virgin rainforest creates a sharp contrast to the sedated ocean beyond. As the colors of a Pacific sunset begin to light up the sky, the panoramic views are divine, exotic, and yet quintessentially Costa Rica.
A row of cement tables provide VIP seating for the show. A waiter (Ronny’s nephew) lazily serves his customers across the dusty road from the main restaurant. The chicharras hum in the background, and there is an occasional, distant roar of howler monkeys. Buzzards glide in slow circles over the hilltop, and dragonflies buzz the surrounding fields.
What better scene to enjoy cold Imperiales and chips with guac? Sure, the prices aren’t exactly local prices–but the location and views more than compensate. And if you hit Ronny’s on the right afternoon, it feels as if you have Manuel Antonio all to yourself…
Whether you’re a local–or it’s your first time in Manuel Antonio–Ronny’s Place is sure to be one of those unforgettable memories!
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