Where are best places to watch the Super Bowl in Central America this weekend? Super Bowl LVI is a special one – it’s the first post-pandemic Super Bowl, post restrictions (well, not totally, in some places, but better than last year, for sure), and people are ready to party, especially people from LA or Cincinnati. Here’s our annual guide to the best spots in Central America for the Super Bowl.
I’ll start this with a confession. I don’t understand American football. Or, I guess I should say, football.
I grew up in a country where we played real football. You know, that sport where people who call American football football call football soccer. Still with me?
But even though I don’t understand the sport, I don’t dislike it… I’ve even warmed to it over the years. Plus I’ve lived in Costa Rica long enough to know most of my fellow native English-speakers are Americans, and most of them love their game. Fair play to them.
I know enough about football, though, to know this weekend, for example, is the culmination of the 2021/22 season know as Super Bowl LVI. That’s Super Bowl 56, non-Roman numeral readers.
I also know we have the LA Rams facing the Cincinnati Bengals in Los Angeles, and that the play off season to get to this point was, perhaps, the greatest one ever. At least that’s what they tell me.
It’s the second year in a row that one of the teams will have home field advantage, too. Last year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played in their home stadium (and won), and this year the Rams are at home. They’re definitely the favorites, but who know?
All I do know is that this year, things are much better on the ground regarding Covid restrictions in Central America, so it’ll be easier to watch in most countries than last year. Be aware, though, that some countries still have strict limits on how many people can sit in a bar right now, so if you do find something open, it’ll be first come first serve. Also, some countries allow bars/restaurants to discriminate according to vaccine status.
So where are the best places to watch the Super Bowl in Central America in 2022?
Let’s take a look.
Super Bowl in Panama:
In Panama, the game kicks off at 6:30 PM, and there’s no curfew in place, meaning you can watch the whole game (we hope this will be the last year we even have to mention curfews). Officially, venues can operate at 100% capacity if they ensure everyone is vaccinated, although most places don’t police this. It’s worth booking your seat in advance, though, for places observing social distancing and capacity limits.
In Panama City, check out Buffalo Wild Wings (B-Dubs) or the aptly-named Bros & Beers. In truth, you’ll have no issue finding a place with the game on in Panama City. Most hotel bars will have it on, too.
Over in Playa Coronado, west of Panama City, is the Sand Bar Gastro Pub. That’s your spot for anyone out there on a beach weekend.
“Toro Loco is a sports bar and typically the number 1 spot to watch it. Skully’s is a U.S.-expat-owned hangout, and they should be broadcasting the game,” says Corea.
Super Bowl in Costa Rica:
In Costa Rica, the game starts at 5:30 PM local time, and the curfew (well, driving restrictions, but same difference) kicks in at midnight. Plenty of time to watch the game. Just remember they’re operating at a strict 50% capacity (unless they’r doing the whole QR code thing – most places aren’t, but there are some), so book your table in advance, or get there early.
If you’re in Manuel Antonio, the Jolly Roger is the place to be. Also check out the Double Hook at Marina Pez Vela. In Jaco, go to Clarita’s on the beach at the north end of town, or to El Chicano if you want a Mexican taste to your game.
Wherever you are in Costa Rica, unless you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’ll find a place with the Super Bowl on. There are a lot of gringos here, so you won’t miss out.
Super Bowl in Nicaragua:
I used to know the bars of San Juan del Sur and Granada like the back of my hand.
I remember past Super Bowls on the Calle Calzada in Granada, where every bar had a big screen. Everyone was outside in some big street party where all the bars merged. Good times.
As for Granada, the best bet is to check out the bars and restaurants on the Calle Calzada and see what’s still open. That’s easy enough to do.
Super Bowl in Honduras:
If you’re looking for a spot to watch the Super Bowl in Honduras, here’s what the word is on where to go.
In Tegucigalpa is McAllister’s Irish Pub. They have a bunch of big screens, and promotions with craft beer and artisanal pizza.
Super Bowl in El Salvador:
Super Bowl in Guatemala:
In Guatemala City, you’ll also find a place to watch the game. Most of the main chain hotels will play it, and there are plenty of places around Zona 9 and Zona 10. The aptly-named Uncle Sam’s in Zona 10 is probably your best bet for a gringo sports bar experience.
Super Bowl in Belize:
Belize still has a curfew, but it kicks in late nowadays, so you’ll be good for the game, which starts at 5:30 PM. Be aware that Belize restaurants and bars operate on a capacity limits. If you want to watch the game in a casino, you’ll need to be vaccinated.
So that’s your roundup of places to watch the Super Bowl around Central America.
We hope this mini-guide helps you, wherever you are. It’s nowhere nearly extensive, and we know there are tons of places we missed. There are, this year, more places to go out and watch the game than there were last year, and that’s a good thing.
Where do you think you’ll be watching the game?
James Dyde is the editor of CentralAmerica.com. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.