Top things to do

Top Choice Steak in La Fortuna

Benedictus Steakhouse

Turn off the highway and drive about 1km up a steep, rough dirt road to arrive at this spectacularly situated steak house (tricky to find in the dark, so arrive before the sun goes down). You’ll be rewarded with a g…
Waterfall in La Fortuna

Catarata Río Fortuna

You can glimpse the sparkling 70m ribbon of clear water that pours through a sheer canyon of dark volcanic rock arrayed in bromeliads and ferns with minimal sweat equity. But it’s worth the climb down and out to see…
Homewares in La Fortuna

Neptune’s House of Hammocks

On the road to La Catarata de la Fortuna, it sells soft drinks and hammocks (US$50 to US$170). Take a breather and try one out.
Nature Reserve in La Fortuna

Ecocentro Danaus

This center, 2km east of town, has a well-developed trail system that’s good for birding, as well as spotting mammals such as sloth, coati and howler monkey. The price of admission also includes a visit to a butterf…
Cafe in La Fortuna

Rainforest Café

We know it’s bad form to start with dessert, but the irresistible sweets at this popular spot are beautiful to behold and delicious to devour. The savory menu features tasty burritos, casados, sandwiches etc. There’…
Soda in La Fortuna

Soda Viquez

Travelers adore the ‘local flavor’ that’s served up at Soda Viquez (in all senses of the expression). It’s a super-friendly spot, offering tasty tipica, especially casados, rice dishes and fresh fruit batidos. Price…
Cafe in La Fortuna

La Central

A breezy terrace, filled with greenery and art, this is a perfect stop for breakfast or lunch. The place touts natural healthy food, and you’ll find lots of vegetarian options – fresh, hearty salads, a tasty veggie …
Supermarket in La Fortuna

Super Cristian 2

For groceries, stop by this well-stocked place on the southeast corner of Parque Central.
Supermarket in La Fortuna

Mega Super

Next to the bus terminal, this spacious supermarket is a good place to visit before that long bus ride.
International in La Fortuna

Restaurant Don Rufino

The vibe is trendy and the service is hopping at this indoor-outdoor grill. The highlight of the menu is the perfectly prepared grilled meats. If you’re cutting back, go for Grandma’s BBQ chicken (seasoned with choc…