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Soda in La Fortuna

Soda Mima

Nothing fancy from afar, the love radiates outward from Don Alvaro's kitchen to warm your belly and your heart. Cheap, delicious casados (set meals) and gallo pintos are standard fare, but add some marinated peppers…
Italian in La Fortuna

Anch’io Ristorante & Pizzeria

If you have a hankering for pizza, you can’t do better than Anch’io, where the crust is crispy thin, the toppings are plentiful and the pie is cooked in a wood-fired oven. Start yourself off with a traditional antip…
Arts & Crafts in La Fortuna

Hecho A Mano

There’s no shortage of souvenirs for sale in La Fortuna, but this unique shop is something special, carrying an excellent selection of arts and crafts by local and national artists. You’ll find representative pieces…
International in La Fortuna

Restaurant Don Rufino

The vibe is trendy at this indoor-outdoor grill. The highlight is the perfectly prepared grilled meats: the New York Steak with mushrooms is to die for. If you’re cutting back, go for Grandma’s BBQ chicken (with cho…
Homewares in La Fortuna

Neptune’s House of Hammocks

On the road to La Catarata de la Fortuna, Daniel been watching the tourist traffic come and go for over a decade while he weaves his magic hammocks. Take a breather and test one out.
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…
Nature Reserve in La Fortuna

Ecocentro Danaus

This center, 4km east of town, has a well-developed trail system that’s good for birding, as well as for spotting mammals such as sloths, coatis and howler monkeys. The admission fee also includes a visit to a butte…
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’…
Fast Food in La Fortuna

La Muerta

A slightly healthier take on fast food, this small stand features a lineup of Latin American favorites like tacos al pastor (shredded pork), choripan (sausage sandwich), and patacones (fried green plantains), as wel…
Sushi in La Fortuna

Kappa Sushi

When you’re surrounded by mountains and cattle farms, who’s thinking of sushi? Well, you should. The fish is fresh (you’re not that far from the ocean) and the preparations innovative. The dragon roll (shrimp tempur…