Local Dishes of Costa Rica – Photo Essay

When visiting Costa Rica the number one suggestion I make to everyone  – visit a SODA, the local eatery and enjoy homemade Costa Rica food.

Casado – this dish usually has beans, salad, plantains, rice and different meats, fish, chicken or vegetarian style.

Costa Rica food

Gallo Pinto – you haven’t eaten Costa Rican until you eat Gallo Pinto which is beans, rice, sweet peppers, onions mixed and fried together with a special sauce that is only found in Costa Rica.


Potato Hash – but it’s not the kind you are used. It’s with a saucy soupy like combination.


Cabbage salad. I love this fresh salad, it’s simple but full of flavor. They use lemon or oil as the dressing.


Casado but Caribbean style. Instead of regular rice, they have a rice and beans mixture cooked on coconut oil.


Beans – of course you can’t visit these countries with a form of refried beans.


And creamy tasty guacamole.


And delicious, not spicy, salsa.



About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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