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Top Choice Italian in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

La Pecora Nera

If you splurge for a single fancy meal during your trip, do it at this romantic eatery run by Ilario Giannoni. On a lovely, candlelit patio, deftly prepared Italian seafood and pasta dishes are served alongside unus…
Top Choice Cafe in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Como en mi Casa Art Café

Owned by a friendly bohemian expat couple, this charming vegetarian cafe makes everything from scratch, from the jams to the hot sauces to the gluten-free pancakes. The walls are covered in local art and 10% of the …
Top Choice Breakfast in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Bread & Chocolate

Ever had a completely homemade PB&J (bread, peanut butter and jelly all made from scratch)? That and more can be yours at this dream of a gluten-lover's cafe.
Top Choice Caribbean in Puerto Limón

Soda El Patty

This beloved nine-table Caribbean eatery serves up delicious patí – flaky beef turnovers stuffed with onion, spices, and Panamanian peppers – along with sweet plantain tarts and heaping plates of rice-n-beans (the s…
Top Choice Seafood in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca


Whaddya get when you take a champion sport fisherman, born and raised in Transylvania, and transplant him to Puerto Viejo by way of New Jersey? Answer: an amazing, eclectic eatery with no sign and no menu that only …
Top Choice Beach in Cahuita

Playa Negra

At the northwest end of Cahuita, Playa Negra is a long, black-sand beach flying the bandera azul ecológica, a flag that indicates the beach is kept to the highest ecological standards. This is undoubtedly Cahuita’s …
Top Choice Seafood in Cahuita

Sobre Las Olas

Garlic shrimp, seafood pasta, or fresh grilled fish of the day come accompanied by crashing waves and sparkling blue Caribbean vistas at this sweet spot owned by a lively couple. Cahuita’s top option for romantic wa…
Top Choice Caribbean in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Selvin’s Restaurant

Selvin is a member of the extensive Brown family, noted for their charm, and his place is considered one of the region’s best, specializing in shrimp, lobster, a terrific rondón and a succulent chicken caribeño (chi…
Pizza in Cahuita

Pizzeria CahuITA

As the red-white-and-green color scheme implies, the ITA here stands for Italy, motherland of the two expatriate families who opened this excellent, unpretentious pizzeria in 2013. Grab a seat at the aluminum tables…
Top Choice Caribbean in Tortuguero Village

Taylor's Place

Low-key atmosphere and high-quality cooking come together beautifully at this backstreet eatery southwest of the soccer field. The inviting garden setting, with chirping insects and picnic benches spread under color…