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Top Choice Beach in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Punta Uva

Off a dirt road marked by Punta Uva Dive Center is an idyllic quiet cove that could double for a scene in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach. There are usually a couple of locals renting out surfboards on the sand…
Top Choice Beach in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Playa Cocles

Playa Cocles has waves for surfers who aren't keen to break skin and bones at nearby Salsa Brava (Costa Rica's biggest break). Instead, it has steep lefts and rights, which break (and often dump) on the steep sandy …
Top Choice Caribbean in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Selvin’s Restaurant

Selvin has been serving Caribbean food since 1982 and his place is considered one of the region’s best, specializing in shrimp, sautéed lobster in butter, garlic and onion, T-bone steak, a terrific rondón (seafood g…
Italian in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

La Pecora Nera

If you're looking to splurge on a 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 alongsid…
Middle Eastern in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Pita Bonita

For Turkish coffee, hummus and the best pita bread in the Caribbean, this Israeli-owned spot is the place. There's also creamy moutabal (a roasted-aubergine and tahini dip), spicy shakshuka (a Middle Eastern dish wi…
Wildlife Reserve in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Jaguar Centro de Rescate

Named in honor of its original resident, a jaguar, this well-run wildlife-rescue center in Playa Chiquita now focuses mostly on other animals, including sloths, alligators, anteaters, snakes and monkeys. Founded by …
Argentine in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

El Refugio

This Argentine-owned restaurant with only five tables is renowned for its rotating menu of three appetizers, five main dishes and three desserts. New offerings get chalked up on the board daily, anchored by perennia…
International in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Pura Gula

The short but solid menu at this casually elegant eatery includes teriyaki scallops, pad Thai, pasta with macadamia pesto, and homemade egg flan. Everything's served on a pleasant open-air deck, just off the main ro…
Cafe in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Chocorart

This roadside cafe is a perfect place to break your bike ride along the coast and grab a quick chocolate fix in the process. Batidos, coffee and ice cream are all on offer, but the real stars here are the brownies, …