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Top Choice Caribbean in Tortuguero Village

Miss Junie’s

Over the years, Tortuguero’s best-known and most delicious Caribbean eatery has grown from a personal kitchen to a full-blown restaurant. Prices have climbed accordingly, but the menu remains true to its roots: chic…
Top Choice Caribbean in Tortuguero Village

Taylor's Place

Low-key atmosphere and high-quality cooking come together beautifully at this backstreet eatery southwest of the soccer field. The inviting garden setting, with chirping insects and picnic benches spread under color…
Soda in Tortuguero Village

Soda Doña María

Recover from a hike in the park at this riverside soda, serving jugos (juices), burgers and casados. It’s about 200m north of the park entrance.
Caribbean in Tortuguero Village

Miss Miriam’s

This little place on the north side of the soccer field dishes out flavorful local food, including pork chops, fish and well-spiced Caribbean chicken. It also serves breakfast.
European in Tortuguero Village

Budda Cafe

Ambient club music and stenciled ‘om’ symbols impart a hipster vibe to this cafe between the main road and the river. It’s a pleasant setting for pizzas, cocktails and crepes (savory and sweet). Grab a table outside…
Bakery in Tortuguero Village

Dorling Bakery

Thanks to its predawn opening time, this is a good spot to pick up homemade banana bread, lemon and orange cake or cinnamon rolls before an early-morning flight or canal tour.
Bar in Tortuguero Village

La Taberna Punto de Encuentro

Adjacent to the Super Bambú pulpería, this popular tavern is mellow in the afternoons but draws the party people after dark with cold beer and blaring reggaetón. The highlight, however, is the life-size statue of Ja…
Club in Tortuguero Village

La Culebra

Next to the public dock in the center of town, this bright-purple nightclub – Tortuguero's one and only – plays thumping music and serves beer and bocas right on the canal.
Fusion in Tortuguero Village

Wild Ginger

This low-lit spot near the beach north of town specializes in fusion cuisine incorporating fresh local ingredients, such as lobster and mango ceviche (seafood marinated in lemon or lime juice, garlic and seasonings)…
Caribbean in Tortuguero Village

Sunrise Restaurant

Between the boat dock and the national park, this cozy log cabin–like place will lure you in with the delicious smoky aroma of its grilled chicken and pork ribs. It also serves breakfast and a full Caribbean menu at…