Costa Rica has become one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the world. It is a country that offers a myriad of fun, action packed activities with gorgeous beaches, mountains, jungles and luxury Costa Rica Villas. A holiday can be busy or relaxing but certainly never dull. Each day’s activities can be interspersed with some quality dining in some of the loveliest, most unusual and all round best restaurants in Costa Rica. Let’s take a whistle-stop gourmet tour around this fabulous country and drop in and sample some delightful dining experiences.
A little bit about Costa Rica
Central America has had a bit of a chequered history. Conflicts, political instability and economic difficulties haven’t helped promote the region as a tourist destination. Luckily, Costa Rica has stolen a march on its nearest neighbours and has made some really smart decisions that lure informed and evolved visitors to its gorgeous shores.
Bordered on the north by Nicaragua and to the south by Panama, Costa Rica is a country that commands a niche position with coastlines along the Pacific and Caribbean. Over 25% of its landmass is dedicated national parks that are home to wildlife species like jaguars, sloths, monkeys and birds. These natural reserves are only one of the top things to do in Costa Rica. In fact, the number of bird species to be found in Costa Rica is greater that the number of species to be found in the whole of North America.
The marine life that can be seen are pods of dolphins, migrating whales and turtles. Different whale groups migrate along the Pacific highway that takes them from their watery winter playgrounds to their summer breeding locations. There’s rarely a time in Costa Rica when whales cannot be viewed just off-shore. Likewise, turtles find safe harbour along the protected coasts of Costa Rica and return each year to nest. For more interesting information then read our Costa Rica Historical Facts.
So many beautiful resorts and villas have been developed within some of these coastal national parks. Luxurious properties that capture the beauty of their surroundings while at the same time blending seamlessly into their jungle homes with views over some pristine beaches. The style of architecture favoured by these new developments is very contemporary with the use of sustainable materials with a keen focus on being eco-friendly and carbon neutral. In fact, Costa Rica is taking its green policies so seriously that it plans to be a carbon neutral country by the year 2021. Impressive!
All of these brilliant initiatives make Costa Rica a very 21st Century destination for the modern traveller.
So, getting down to it! We’re embarking on a monumental road trip that will take in some of the most incredible locations within this marvellous country. Along the way, we’ll be stopping at some of the best restaurants in Costa Rica.
Liberia – Restaurants in Costa Rica
The gateway to Costa Rica for many is the international airport of Liberia. It’s a busy city that is the largest urban area in the Guancaste area near to the Nicoya Peninsula.
About Mairead Moriarty
Born and raised in Co Kerry, lived in London, New York, San Francisco, Dublin. Owner of one very battered suitcase, a well-worn passport and a million memories.
It seems very fitting for a travel writer that my surname translates as ‘Skilled Navigator’. Apart from an occasion when, aged 3, I got lost in a Supermarket in Tralee, I have managed to live up to my name! Curiosity is probably the driver that has sent me on magical mystery tours around the world. I want to ‘feel’ a place. I want all my senses to be engaged: from the history and geography that has influenced a country or city, the arts and achievements of its natives, anything and everything really. Regardless of whether I am on a local train travelling through Morocco, or poking around in Marconi’s study in Bologna or on a canal boat weaving through the heart of the English countryside, the same rules apply - ask questions, talk to locals, eat what they eat, sit quietly with nature and simply be. Assimilate as much as is possible so as to understand the soul of a place. That is my passion. That is the compass by which I navigate.