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Top Choice Cafe in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Como en mi Casa Art Café

Owned by a friendly bohemian expat couple, this charming vegetarian cafe makes everything from scratch, from the jams to the hot sauces to the gluten-free pancakes. The walls are covered in local art and 10% of the …
Top Choice Breakfast in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Bread & Chocolate

Ever had a completely homemade PB&J (bread, peanut butter and jelly all made from scratch)? That and more can be yours at this dream of a gluten-lover's cafe.
Top Choice Seafood in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca


Whaddya get when you take a champion sport fisherman, born and raised in Transylvania, and transplant him to Puerto Viejo by way of New Jersey? Answer: an amazing, eclectic eatery with no sign and no menu that only …
Fusion in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Stashu's con Fusion

Stroll 250m out of town toward Playa Cocles to this romantic low-lit patio cafe serving up creative fusion cuisine that combines elements of Caribbean, Indian, Mexican and Thai cooking. Steamed spicy mussels in red-…
Caribbean in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Miss Lidia's Place

A long-standing favorite for classic Caribbean flavors, Miss Lidia's has been around for years, pleasing the palates and satisfying the stomachs of locals and tourists alike. Fruit-and-veggie lovers will appreciate …
Cafe in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Café Rico

Home to some of Puerto Viejo's best home-roasted coffee, this cozy garden cafe serves breakfast accompanied by a plethora of other services: free wi-fi, a book exchange, a laundry, and rentals of bikes and snorkelin…
Latin American in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Koki Beach

A high-end favorite for drinks and dinner, this sleek eatery cranks lounge music and sports colorful Adirondack chairs that face the ocean from an elevated wooden platform on the east end of town. There’s a decent s…
Seafood in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca


You'd never know it from Mopri's dingy facade or cheap plastic tables, but this place serves the best seafood in Puerto Viejo and possibly all of Costa Rica. The whole snapper and sizable lobster, which are also sol…
Bar in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Salsa Brava

Specializing in fresh seafood and open-grill cooking, this popular spot is the perfect end-of-day cocktail stop – hit happy hour from 4pm to 6pm and you'll also catch two-for-one mojitos for sunset overlooking the S…
Club in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Lazy Mon

Puerto Viejo's most dependable spot for live music, Lazy Mon draws big crowds with reggae at happy hour (4pm to 7pm), then keeps things hopping with more of the same throughout the evening. The ping-pong and pool ta…