Tucked behind the beat-up gravel roads of western Guanacaste is the quiet, otherworldly strip known as Playa Avellana. Just steps from its sought-after waves resides the beach’s main star, Lolita, the pig, in her wooden pen.
The beach renowned for its surf and seclusion gets its porky mascot from the well-known Lola’s Restaurant. According to a worker there, Lolita was given to the people at Lola’s restaurant by a local after their namesake pig passed away a few years ago when she was 10 years old. Lola was said to weigh nearly 800 pounds and would regularly take baths in the ocean.
Lolita, on the other hand, spends most of her time in her pen under palm tree shade and by her trough. Her octagonal plot is located just next to Lola’s, which has become a destination spot for those in search of the best beachside bars. The restaurant has rows of long wooden tables and seating that allow patrons to take in a frozen alcoholic drink or some pizza while enjoying a classic view.
Playa Avellana is about 15 kilometers from Tamarindo, but takes a half-an-hour drive through the winding and undeveloped roads that lead to the surf-crazy beach. The restaurant, and its pig princess, are the major shows on the small strip. A visit to see Lolita makes for a great day-trip if traveling from the more resort-heavy neighbors to the north like Playa Langosta and Tamarindo.
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff