Top things to do

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 Cahuita

Miss Edith's

This long-time local restaurant serves a slew of Caribbean specialties and a number of vegetarian options. The service may be laid-back, and some dishes aren't spectacular, but the spicy jerk chicken and potatoes st…
Top Choice Beach in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Playa Cocles

Playa Cocles has impressive waves for surfers who aren't so keen to break skin and bones on nearby Salsa Brava (Costa Rica's biggest break). It has lefts and rights, which both break close to the steep beach. Condit…
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 Tortuguero Village

Miss Junie’s

Over the years, Tortuguero’s best-known and most delicious Caribbean eatery has grown from a personal kitchen to a full-blown restaurant. Prices have climbed accordingly, but the menu remains true to its roots: chic…
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 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…
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 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…