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WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN COSTA RICA

We’ll show you the very best of Costa Rica food, from tasty tamales and tangy gallo pinto, to the casado, the ultimate Costa Rican mash up!

GALLO PINTO

Breakfast is the most important and delicious meal of the day in Costa Rica. This classic morning meal of rice and beans is flavored with onions, capsicum, coriander and fresh lime, and it’s a great reason to jump out of bed, but you can eat it any time of the day you like.

CASADO

This classic Costa Rican mixed plate is the perfect thing to order when you want a taste of everything. It usually comes with rice, black beans, tortillas, salad and some kind of meat like beef, pork, chicken or fish, and you can mix and match with ingredients like eggs, corn and avocado. Perfect!

TAMALE

WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT COSTA RICA

Our favorite time to visit Costa Rica is the green season from May to November when there’s a bit more rain but fewer visitors, plus the jungle lights up and the wildlife show of their babies.

BEST TIME TO GO WILDLIFE WATCHING IN COSTA RICA

Jungle wildlife like monkeys and birds come alive from May to November and humpback whales come to give birth in August and September, while sea turtles hatch their eggs between July and October.

BEST TIME TO EXPLORE COSTA RICA’S CLOUD FORESTS

The cloud forests look extra beautiful in the green season, while the best time for bird watching is March to July, especially if you want to catch a glimpse of that rare Quetzal.

BEST TIME TO HEAD TO THE BEACH IN COSTA RICA

The best time for the beach on the Pacific Coast is the dry season from December to April, but don’t forget about the secret dry season in the Caribbean from September to October!

PACKING TIPS FOR COSTA RICA

HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN COSTA RICA

TAKE CARE OF THE TURTLES

You’ll have the incredible chance to watch sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach in Tortuguero but please remember to keep your distance and never use flash photography.

SAY NO TO PLASTIC

Costa Rica has plans to become the first country to ban single-use plastics by 2022, so remember not to bring any bags, bottles, cups, straws or cutlery made from plastic.

HEAD TO THE MARKETS

If you’re on the hunt for some souvenirs, we’ll take you to Sarchí, a creative little town that’s filled with local arts and crafts like intricate carvings and paintings.

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