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Top Choice Beach in Cahuita

Playa Negra

At the northwestern end of Cahuita, Playa Negra is a long, black-sand beach flying the bandera azul ecológica, a flag that indicates that the beach is kept to the highest ecological standard. This is undoubtedly Cah…
Top Choice Steak in Cahuita

Palenque Luisa Casa de Carnes

In the corner veranda of an old house, this cozy, candle-lit spot specializes in delicious red-wine-covered filet mignon, tenderloin and T-bone steaks. You'll also find plenty of other savory treats, including chick…
Top Choice Pizza in Cahuita

Restaurant Italiano CahuITA

This excellent, unpretentious pizzeria is the real deal. Grab a seat at the aluminum tables on the cement back patio and enjoy a surf and insect serenade while you wait for your thin-crusted beauty to emerge from th…
French in Cahuita

Baraka Bistro

This new cafe-bistro has hardwood floors, sleek white walls, a parasol-shaded outdoor area and blackboards displaying the specials. Here you can enjoy some of the best French and Italian fare in town: the Florentina…
Gardens in Cahuita

Tree of Life

This lovingly maintained wildlife center and botanical garden 3km northwest of town on the Playa Negra road rescues and rehabilitates animals while promoting conservation through educational programs. The rotating c…
Caribbean in Cahuita

Chao's Paradise

Follow the wafting smell of garlic and simmering sauces to this highly recommended Playa Negra open-air restaurant-bar, where chef Norman has been serving up fresh catches cooked in spicy ‘Chao’ sauce for more than …
Seafood in Cahuita

Restaurant La Fé Bumbata

Chef and owner Walter, a Cahuita native, serves up tall tales and tasty meals – from pancakes to sandwiches to whole snapper – at this reasonably priced spot. There’s a laundry list of Tico and Caribbean items, but …
Seafood in Cahuita

Sobre Las Olas

Garlic shrimp, seafood pasta and grilled fish of the day come accompanied by crashing waves and sparkling-blue Caribbean vistas at this sweet spot. Cahuita’s top option for romantic waterfront dining, it's only a 40…
Italian in Cahuita

Cocoricó

The menu at this casual spot, decorated with classic movie posters, revolves around pizza, pasta and other Italian-themed mains, but it's better known for its regular film screenings and drink deals. Catch a free mo…
Caribbean in Cahuita

Miss Edith's

This long-standing restaurant serves a slew of Caribbean specialties and a number of vegetarian options, such as coconut-milk-and-ginger curry. The service may be laid-back, and some dishes aren't spectacular, but t…