There are so many reasons to love Costa Rica—from the colorful rainforests, to the vast volcanoes, plentiful wildlife, and welcoming communities. But traditional Costa Rican food takes any trip to this fabulous little country to a whole new level.
Costa Rica’s homegrown philosophy is “pura vida,” which means “pure life” or “simple life.” This captures the natural, colorful ingredients you’ll taste in every meal. Here are some of the Costa Rican dishes and drinks you won’t want to miss on any of our Costa Rica tours.
So, what kind of food does Costa Rica have, anyway? Costa Rica is known for its Latin foods, but with that “pura vida” mentality. Unlike other traditional Latin dishes, Costa Rican meals are simpler and typically contain less spice. But that doesn’t mean they’re any less delicious! Thanks to Costa Rica’s diverse altitudes, landscapes, and climates, the country boasts an impressive range of locally grown fruits and vegetables, making every simple bite an experience to savor.
“The food was so delicious! Some of the best dishes I have ever had.”
—twelve-time traveler Katie
Of course, no trip to Costa Rica is complete without tasting some of their drool-worthy treats.
“…Oh Costa Rica, fair Costa Rica, your fruit plantations can’t be beat. Mangoes, papaya, pineapple, guava, add a sweetness that’s always a treat. For the adventurous, hiking and snorkeling were highlights of our C.R. stay. We walked the black sands, saw many fruit stands, on our warm, tropical holiday!” —third-time traveler Jean
Costa Rica isn’t just known for its sweet and savory foods. The spectacular Central American country has plenty of signature drinks to sip.
“I truly felt as if we were experiencing the real Costa Rica… I liked that we didn’t just drive through a plantation, but that we stopped and actually got a better idea of how it all works… Costa Rica’s pineapples are the BOMB!” —Go Ahead traveler Allison