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Gecko's

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Cafe, Delicatessen, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
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Center of la Fortuna, First Floor of Arenal Jireh Hotel | 300m before La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 8905
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09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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Edmonton, Canada
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Stop by Gecko's (on the road to La Fortuna Waterfall), grab a bite to eat and a cold beer. I highly recommend trying the nachos, it's a huge serving with so much great stuff on them! The burrito is also killer. Also, ask to see the dogs!! This restaurant doubles as a dog rescue, housing numerous dogs in need, and... More 

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Thank GibbonTravel
Ontario
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112 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Our family stopped on the way to the waterfall on our approx 3km walk to get a drink before making the 500 steps down to the waterfall. I got an iced coffee. My husband got the guabanana smoothie, sister in law got the pineapple papaya smoothie, mother in law got papaya smoothie and father in law got mango smoothie. All... More 

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Thank JusSilvag
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

When plan after plan got cancelled due to a hurricane, we decided to stop by the Gecko cafe. Our kids were delighted to find out it was also a dog rescue center. We were able to volunteer to walk 8 of the rescued street dogs, and had a great time doing it. It turned our disappointing day around quickly, and... More 

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Thank Brenda R
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Avocado. Avocado. Avocado. This owner knows what makes a great sandwich shop. Period. Also, absolutely amazing blended coffee drinks. Wonderful, relaxing and refreshing stop along the way back from the waterfall. 

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Thank Hayley S
Arizona
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433 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

The food was decent, the portions were a good size, convenient location on the way back from the waterfall. Prices were a bit high but then everything in Costa Rica is. Smoothies were good. Not bad for a quick stop.

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Thank UKVISIT
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Ate here today with my husband as we were volunteering at the dog rescue centre. The place is lovely, food delicious and fresh. We watched the chef prepare my husbands delicious chicken salad and my fresh banana smoothie and we loved it all. Ran by the same owner who runs the lava lounge and the Costa Rica dog rescue centre-... More 

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Thank Ems1998
new orleans
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Right down the hill from our hotel! Loved the smoothies. Huge, delicious wraps! Recommend for lunch!

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Thank NOLAChauvinK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Atmosphere is for pet lovers. Dogs were all over the place including the kitchen. I have nothing against animal lovers or animals, but an animal rescue shelter should not take place in a cafe. The nachos were average.

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Thank Edith M
London, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Avoiding the busy restaurant at the waterfall we went here instead and so glad we did. I had the most amazing Nachos with everything I could want on the plate. It set me up for the 7k walk back to Fortuna. Food highlight of CR for me!

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Thank 1234al1234
Windham, Maine
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

My fiance was craving an ice coffee. We stopped here on the way up to waterfall. It was amazing coffee!!!!!!!!! We came back the next morning for more. Perfect, almost like an ice coffee milkshake. Just down the road towards town we bought a nice hanging chair from the Rasta guy. He was great also. Makes them right on site... More 

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Thank LanceandKat
LavaLounge, General Manager at Gecko's, responded to this review

Hi Lance & Kat, Thanks so much for your review and we are glad you enjoyed our delicious coffee! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in La Fortuna and we look forward to your next visit. Warm Regards, Bree More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Cafe, Delicatessen, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Center of la Fortuna, First Floor of Arenal Jireh Hotel | 300m before La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 8905

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