El Avión, the world famous, must-see and be-seen restaurant and bar in Manuel Antonio, has a colorful and fascinating history. The C-123 Fairchild cargo plane has been converted into a pub and a two level bar and restaurant has been built in, around and above the plane. Everyone agrees, El Avión has the best views in all of Manuel Antonio! Join our sunset crew – where the cargo cult meets the cocktail crowd. Enjoy informal dining, an extensive menu, a great bar scene and views of our most spectacular sunsets into the Blue Pacific Ocean below.
El Avión is renowned for our seafood dishes like Coconut Shrimp, Seafood Curry, Yellow Fin Tuna Steaks, Fried Calamari and many more. Our Chef creates fresh fish specials with a unique local flavor every day.
"Our plane may be on the ground, but El Avión’s famous sunsets paint the sky almost every evening. As we are about 150 meters above the beach, we have a bird’s eye view of the prettiest panorama anywhere in Manuel Antonio." Allan Templeton, Creator of El Avión
"The best spot for sunsets and cocktails! Our dinner and dessert was incredible ~ great steak by the way!"
Josh & Caroline,
"The food was tasty and the atmosphere is one of the best in Costa Rica! Amazing views!"
Elizabeth & James,
"The El Avión experience was outstanding! We made memories that will last a lifetime. Food was fantastic. Staff was superb. The views are breathtaking."
The Williams Family,
History of El Avión
Our Famous CIA Iran/Contra Cargo Plane
Our Fairchild C-123 was a part of one of the biggest scandals in the 1980’s. The Reagan Administration set up a bizarre network of arms sales to Iran...