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10 Ways to Eat and Play Well in Costa Rica

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Calle 11, San José, Costa Rica
Nearly every Tico we encountered on our trip said that La Esquina is one of the best restaurants in San Jose, so we made sure to say yes to a 9:30 p.m. reservation (the only available) on our last night in San Jose. You wouldn't stumble on La...
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Sugar Beach Rd, Guanacaste Province, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
Limonada, the three-squares restaurant run by Las Catalinas, does a number of things very well. There's a frozen coconut lemonade that will knock your flip-flops off. There's a selection of housemade dips, including black bean and a buffalo...
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Sugar Beach Rd, Guanacaste Province, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
One of the key traits of Las Catalinas, a new urbanism resort-like town in Costa Rica's Northwestern Guanacaste region, is its commitment to the environment. The town, helmed by billionaire Charles Brewer, rests on 1,200 acres of land, 1,000 of...
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Unnamed Road, Provincia de Guanacaste, Sámara, Costa Rica
You go to Locanda for three things: a sublime beachfront location with a solid table taxonomy, frozen margaritas (strong, and bracingly acidic—no syrup here), and a fried tortilla and dip plate that is deceptively simple and absolutely addictive....
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Unnamed Road, Provincia de Guanacaste, Sámara, Costa Rica
Microbar takes its moniker seriously. The space is tiny—roughly the size of a one-car garage for Smart Car owners—and the beers of the micro variety. Most are from Costa Rican brewers, and crowned by bronze taps pulled beneath vintage movie...
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If you need a break from gallos pintos in Monteverde, spend an evening at Taco Taco. This tiny kitchen tacked onto a local hostel fills tiny corn tortillas with, say, roasted pork or mahi mahi that's trucked in from the coast. The no-frills menu...
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If you visit Monteverde, you are surely visiting for the cloud forest, an expanse of jungle home where quetzals and howler monkeys and thousands of other species roam. Most people visit with tour guides, as you really can't see any of these...
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Avenida 2, calle1, San José, Costa Rica
We quickly learned that Teatro Nacional is a great source of pride for Josefinos—and Ticos as a whole. Built in 1897, the Baroque structure encapsulates a turn-of-the-century push for grandeur and respectability. And the entire country paid for it...
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San Jose's Pre-Columbian Gold Museum has an impressive collection of gold objects, yes. It's remarkable to see a collection of sculptures, tools, and jewelry made with this coveted metal, some of which date back to 500 AD. There's even Costa...
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monteverde, Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, 60101, Costa Rica
We found evidence of a craft beer movement everywhere we traveled in Costa Rica, including in Santa Elena. The Monteverde Beer House opened in 2014 to shower home-brewed beer, Costa Rican craft brews, and simple Mediterranean food on the locals,...