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Top Choice Caribbean in Puerto Limón

Soda El Patty

This beloved nine-table Caribbean eatery, with football memorabilia on the walls, serves up delicious patí (flaky beef turnovers stuffed with onion, spices and Panamanian peppers), along with sweet plantain tarts an…
Wildlife Reserve in Siquirres

Centro Turístico Las Tilapias

Enthusiastic owner Chito is a passionate naturalist who spent 20 years building and introducing wildlife into a 5km canal system just outside Siquirres. It's now teeming with exotic nature, from birds, turtles and s…
Live Music in Puerto Limón

Tsunami Sushi

You can't miss this bar, with its big, yellow tsunami sign and Hokusai's Great Wave painted on the side of the building. Probably the hippest spot in town, it gets busy on Saturday night, when reggae artists and DJs…
Cultural in Puerto Limón

Día de la Raza

When the city can afford it, Puerto Limón celebrates Día de la Raza with a boisterous week of Carnaval festivities, including live music, dancing and a big Saturday parade. During this time, book hotels in advance.
National Park in The Atlantic Slope

Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

Enter this under-explored national park and you will have an idea of what Costa Rica looked like prior to the 1950s, when 75% of the country’s surface area was still covered in forest. It has extraordinary biodivers…
Caribbean in Puerto Limón

Mirador Da Domenico Red Snapper

Head honchos for Limón's new port project often lunch at this scenic half-Italian, half-Caribbean restaurant perched on a mountainside overlooking the city and coastline. The open-air dining room has a bunch of TVs …
Costa Rican in Siquirres

Pacuare River Bar & Grill

Run by bilingual local Johanna and her American partner, Kirk, this Colorado-style bar and restaurant is on Hwy 10 between Turrialba and Siquirres. Enter the laid-back roadhouse through swing doors, grab a drink at …
Costa Rican in Guápiles & Around

Soda Yurifer

It has lime-green walls and a cafeteria feel, but this clean, simple soda (lunch counter) sells good, cheap casados (with chicken, Mexican-style meat or pork, or fajita style), and fried rice with shrimp, beef or bo…
Costa Rican in Guápiles & Around

Restaurante El Yugo de Mi Tata

It doesn't look like much, but there's a reason this is truck-stop heaven. Strategically placed just below Hwy 32's tortuous climb into Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo (13km west of Guápiles), it's the perfect stop…
Caribbean in Puerto Limón

Caribbean Kalisi Coffee Shop

Belly up to the cafeteria-style counter at this friendly family spot and cobble together a plate of coconut rice, red beans and whatever Caribbean meat and veggie dishes are cooking today. Also recommended in the mo…