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Top Choice Latin American in Montezuma

Cocina Clandestina

The secret is out. The hottest new restaurant in Montezuma is this awesome, artistic place in the trees at the butterfly gardens. Look for innovative takes on Central American standards, such as daily changing taco …
Top Choice Japanese in Mal País & Santa Teresa


Koji Hyodo's sushi shack is a twinkling beacon of fresh, raw excellence. The atmosphere and service are superior, of course, but his food is a higher truth. The grilled octopus is barely fried and sprinkled with sea…
Top Choice Seafood in Playa del Coco


So many things to love about the Lookout: sustainably harvested Pacific oysters, locally brewed craft beers, and a small but intriguing menu of snacks, ceviches and sandwiches. And then there's the view. It's a stun…
Top Choice Mexican in Playas Avellanas & Negra

Jalapeño Eatery & Market

There's something special about this glorified taco bar. Ingredients are organically produced or locally sourced – or they are not going into this food. Tortillas are hand-rolled; hot sauce and other condiments are …
Top Choice Mexican in Playa Tamarindo

Green Papaya

Swing on up to the bar for a breakfast burrito or pull up a tree-stump stool to sample the terrific tacos at this fantastic new addition. The mahimahi tacos are perfection in a tortilla, while non-meat-eaters will a…
Top Choice Seafood in Playas San Miguel & Coyote


Best. Beach. Bar. And that's saying something in Costa Rica. On an amazing, nearly deserted stretch of beach, Henner serves up his secret-family-recipe ceviche out of an old shipping container. Ice cold beers cap of…
Top Choice Breakfast in Playa Tamarindo

La Bodega

This delightful shop and cafe specializes in unique combinations of ingredients, focusing on fresh, local and organic. For breakfast, they do amazing things with eggs, while lunch is a daily changing menu of unique …
Top Choice Mexican in Playa Sámara

Lo Que Hay

This rocking beachside taquería and pub offers six delectable taco fillings: fish, chorizo, chicken, beef, pork, veggie. The grilled avocados stuffed with pico de gallo are choice. Even sin tacos, a good time will b…
Top Choice Cafe in Playa Tamarindo

Cafe Tico

Walk in. Take a deep breath. Smell the coffee brewing? That's why you are here. Sip it on the shady patio while snacking on a homemade pastry. Pura vida.
Top Choice Waterfall in Montezuma

Montezuma Waterfalls

A 40-minute river hike leads to a waterfall with a delicious swimming hole. Further along the trail, a second set of falls offers a good clean 10m leap into deep water. Reach the 'diving platform' from the trail: do…