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Top Choice Waterfall in Tárcoles & Around

Catarata Manantial de Agua Viva

This 200m-high waterfall is claimed to be the highest in the country. From the entrance, it’s a steep 3km (45-minute) hike down into the valley; at the bottom, the river continues through a series of natural swimmin…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Jacó

PuddleFish Brewery

From the same culinary gurus who brought Graffiti and Side Street Bistro to Jacó, this new microbrewery stationed in the glitzy Jacó Walk is the city’s first. On tap are several of PuddleFish's own brews, including …
Top Choice Costa Rican in Playa Hermosa

Vida Hermosa

This new restaurant is the talk of Playa Hermosa for its friendly staff, sweet surf view, and, most of all, its outrageously delicious cuisine. The chef cut his teeth over at Tsunami Sushi, but with a new place of h…
Top Choice Fusion in Jacó

Side Street Bistro

Recently relocated to the fabulous new Jacó Walk, this place bills itself as a food truck sin ruedas (without wheels). The small, often-changing menu includes creative sandwiches with roasted portobello mushrooms, t…
Top Choice International in Jacó


With shiny new digs in Jacó Walk, this long-standing favorite has upped its aesthetic appeal while retaining what first made it great: creative dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Tried-and-true favorites…
Top Choice Square in Jacó

Jacó Walk

This dainty new square, to which most of the towns’ best restaurants have recently relocated, is adorned in multicolored bricks, potted plants and pretty lights. The restaurants all offer outdoor seating and the who…
Top Choice International in Playa Esterillos

Los Almendros

Around 50m west of the soccer field in Esterillos Oeste, an expat has decided to take a global theme and run with it a few miles. The results? Delectable Jamaican jerk, Caribbean-style curry, whole red snapper with …
Top Choice Fusion in Jacó

Lemon Zest

Chef Richard Lemon (a former instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Miami) wins many accolades for one of Jacó's swishest and most imaginative menus. The roster of upscale standards – 'cold feet' duck, buffalo lobster bits an…
Top Choice Seafood in Puntarenas

El Shrimp Shack

Offering the most upscale dining in Puntarenas, El Shrimp Shack's silly name belies a gracious interior – wood-paneled walls, marble-topped tables, antique light sconces and a stunning stained-glass ceiling, all wit…
Top Choice Bar in Puntarenas

Isla Coco's Bar & Grill

This new social hub has it all: a tiki bar, bountiful seafood, a tour desk, live music and even a sushi hut.