Tips for saving money on food and drinks are only available as part of the full itinerary, which you can purchase here for $2.95
El Chante Vegano: This place doesn’t look like much from the outside, but get ready for super tasty vegan food. This is the perfect lunch spot.
Yellow Cafe: Great for lunch or dinner. They have good drinks, sandwiches, pasta and more. It has a nice cafe vibe.
La Calle-Beer & Street Food: Go here! This is basically a food truck with outside tables and it is the coolest. They have some great beers and good burgers. It’s not the cheapest (burgers are about $10) but it’s a fun spot to chill.
Pesqueria Qlity Fish: Totally unexpected amazingness. If you like seafood or fish, this is your spot. We suggest going here for dinner.
Jalapenos Central: Quality TexMex style food at super reasonable prices. This place is owned by a guy from the US (Norman) who likes to make his rounds through the restaurant to make sure everyone is happy. Perfect for lunch or dinner.
Denny’s: OK usually we wouldn’t suggest Denny’s as dining option, but it is open 24 hours a day and is close to the airport. If your flight gets in really late or you have an early departure, this is your best bet for a meal.
Ronny’s Place: Really good food (fish, steaks, etc) and even better drinks. This place also has one of the best sunset views in town. The road is a little difficult to get here so 4 wheel odrive would help, but you can make it without. It is not the cheapest though. You can expect to pay about $20 to $25 for dinner and a beer.
Falafal Bar: The perfect cute lunch spot. Their falafal is on point and the prices are good.
Sancho’s: Quality burritos at a reasonable price. Plus the atmosphere is really fun.
El Avion: We weren’t overly impressed with the food, but when else can you say that you ate in a cargo plane? You could also just go there for drinks (that’s what we do). This place also has a killer sunset view.
TA-CHO’S: Amazing Mexican food and the nicest people ever. You’ll feel so welcome here. This is a great dinner spot.
Sol’s Frozen Yoghurt: Great froyo and smoothies next to the national park.
Backpacks Paradise Costa Linda: Your best bet for lunch after a day in the national park. Located next to Sol’s Frozen Yoghurt, this hostel has good typical Costa Rican food at an affordable price.
Baguette: Pastry heaven. A seriously good little coffee shop which I would happily eat at every day and be huge from due to carb overload.
Taco Joint: On point tacos at a reasonable price. A great lunch spot.
The Pizza Shop: Seriously top notch pizza at a good price.
Tacobar Jaco Beach: The food is decent, but the vibe here is the best.
Side Street Bistro: Our go-to lunch spot in Jaco. Not the cheapest, but cool vibe and a good place to spend a long lazy lunch. Plus they have a great drink menu!
Soda Jaco Rustico: A great dinner spot if you want an authentic meal at a really good price.
Green Room Cafe: We haven’t eaten here but they have a great craft beer menu and a chill vibe. There s also live local music here on some evenings.
Amphitheater Restaurant: This restaurant is located at the Villa Caletas hotel and is expensive, but we suggest just going for a drink around sunset. Just ask at the front desk and they’ll direct you. You can sit in their outdoor Roman amphitheater on a cliff above Jaco and watch the sunset here. It doesn’t get better than this.
I’m Hungry Crepes: Perfect afternoon snack or dessert spot. For about $7 you can get a HUGE crepe. As in, it’s almost impossible to finish these big guys. They are seriously good though. If you are not extremely hungry I strongly suggest sharing one with your dining buddy.
Red Frog Coffee Roasters: These guys know coffee. If you’re looking for a good cup, this is the place to go. They also have a good selection of food. It’s a good breakfast spot, but just note they don’t open until 8 am.
Lava Lounge: The food here is not amazing. It’s definitely good, we’ve never had a bad meal, but it’s not the kind of place you rave about. However, we like the atmosphere here a lot. Also, it is located right on the main road in La Fortuna and is a great spot to do some serious people watching.
Organico Fortuna: Go here for lunch! you won’t be disappointed. They serve up super fresh organic food which tastes amazing! They also have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
Rain Forest Cafe: Good food at reasonable prices. This is a good spot for a large lunch or dinner.
Restaurante Mi Casa: The vibe here is the best. We look this spot because the food is consistently excellent and they are open from 6am until 10 pm.