Costa Rican food is known for its simplicity and freshness–imagine fresh, perfectly tenderized beef over a bed of steaming rice paired with fresh avacado, papaya, piña (pinapple), melon and banana, all perfectly seasoned and forming a mouthwatering, but simple, lunch. This is the perfect food to help cleanse your diet and refresh whether you are on a yoga retreat or a surfing getaway to this beautiful Central American destination.
That being said, Costa Rican food can still be adventurous and exciting for the foodie-traveler! You might find yourself trying a veggie or fruit you’ve never heard of and whose name you can hardly pronounce. Yuca, Mangosteen, Rambutan, and Chayote are just some of the common, popular staples you might find at a local farmer’s market or as a delicious side for your lunch time meal. Maybe you will even end up with a new favorite pairing you can bring home with you!
We think you will love the new foods you try when you are in Cabuya, but to give a you a bit better idea of what types of dining you might expect, we have put together this little guide which features some of the best spots to enjoy when you are visiting this paradise on the Niocoya peninsula.
Cabuya Bakery and Cafe
Located just next to Cabuya Island, making it the perfect place to siesta after an invigorating morning surfing, snorkeling or hiking around Cabo Blanco, is Cabuya Bakery and Cafe. This local Costa Rican joint features authentic local cooking, Costa Rican sweets and pastries, as well as heavenly fresh fruit smoothies. Local visitors say that you have to try the chocolate cake and banana smoothie if you’re stopping for a snack. For a more filling lunch, however, the arroz con pollo, a Costa Rican favorite, is a great choice.
Don’t hesitate to take an afternoon to relax in beauty of Cabuya at this local pananderia (Costa Rican for Bakery). Sip a coffee, watch the birds, and remember to smile because you’re in paradise on earth!
The bakery is located at: Main Road, Cabuya, Montezuma Costa Rica.
You can give them a call at +506-2642-1184 to ask questions or for help finding this beautiful eatery.
Playa de los Artistas
Looking for a romantic evening under the palms? Look no further than Playa de los Artistas. This gorgeous seafood restaurant specializes in fresh fish, giant sunsets, and cozy seating. The best part? Your table will be located right on the beach, allowing you to witness the pristine Costa Rican coastline in all its glory as the sun sets behind you. Located in Montezuma, this is about a fifteen minute drive from Cabuya Island, but it is totally worth the distance. We recommend trying some local seafood–take your choice of the local catch which can include shrimp, lobster, Pargo Rojo, Dorado, among others.
You can Playa de los Artistas just across the street from Los Mangos Hotel in Montezuma. Call them for a reservation at +506 2642 0920. Cash only!
Ylang Ylang Restaurant
An unexpected surprise in Costa Rica is an excellent western restaurant called Ylang Ylang. This spot features a taste of all over the world, including North American, Spanish and Japanese flavors. Their sushi is known as one of the bests in the area–and it really stands out thanks to the fresh fish local to the area. Though you won’t be getting the local Costa Rican experience here, this can be great option if you’re feeling a bit homesick and just need a taste you’re familiar with.
Make a booking with Ylang Ylang at their website here.
Find them at the Ylang Ylang beach resort.