Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Orchid Coffee

If you’re feeling peckish, go straight to this lovely cafe in Santa Elena, filled with art and light. Take a seat on the front porch and take a bite of heaven. It calls itself a coffee shop, but there’s a full menu …
Top Choice Jewelry in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Luna Azul

This supercute gallery and gift shop in Cerro Plano is packed to the gills with jewelry, clothing, soaps, sculpture and macramé, among other things. The jewelry in particular is stylish and stunning, crafted from si…
Cafe in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Tree House Restaurant & Café

It’s a fine line between hokey and happy. But this restaurant – built around a half-century-old higuerón (fig) tree – definitely makes us happy. There’s a menu of well-prepared if overpriced standards, from ceviche …
Mexican in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Taco Taco

Quick and convenient, this taquería offers tasty Tex-Mex tacos, burritos and quesadillas filled with shredded chicken, slow-roasted short rib, roasted veggies and battered mahimahi. The only difficulty is deciding (…
Steak in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Toro Tinto

A Santa Elena newcomer, this Argentinean steakhouse lures in customers with soft lighting and a cozy brick and wood interior. And it keeps them sated with steaks that are perfectly cut and grilled to order, not to m…
Fusion in Monteverde & Santa Elena

d’Sofia

Sofia has established itself as one of the best places in town with its Nuevo Latino cuisine – a modern fusion of traditional Latin American cooking styles. Think plaintain crusted sea bass, seafood chimichanga or b…
International in Monteverde & Santa Elena

El Jardín

Arguably the ‘finest’ dining in the area. The menu is wide ranging, always highlighting the local flavors. But these are not your typical tipica: beef tenderloin served on a sugarcane kebab, pan-fried trout topped w…
Arts & Crafts in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Monteverde Art House

You’ll find several rooms stuffed with colorful Costa Rican artistry here. The goods run the gamut, including jewelry, ceramic work, Boruca textiles and traditional handicrafts. There’s a big variety, including some…
Ice Cream in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Monteverde Cheese Factory Outlet

Now you don’t have to trek all the way down to the Monteverde Cheese Factory to get the most delicious ice cream in Costa Rica. Just pop into this ice cream parlor in central Santa Elena and order yourself a scoop o…
Zoo in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Monteverde Theme Park

Formerly known as the Ranario, or Frog Pond, this place has added an insect house, a butterfly garden and canopy tour – hence, it’s now a theme park. The frogs are still the highlight: about 25 species reside in tra…