Pura Vida doesn't just relate to the environment, it is a way of life in Costa Rica and what better way to experience a destination than through its gastronomy.
With fresh produce from both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the exotic ingredients hailing from the jungle and influences of Spanish and African heritage, Costa Rica offers a wide range of national dishes, combined with influences from neighbouring and further afield countries. But the focus remains the same - sustainability is key. Utilising the abundance of fresh and local (and often, native) produce and ingredients to make mouth- watering and delicious plates and dishes.
Traditional dishes often found in city street markets include gallo pinto (rice and beans) and casado (another version but with meat or fish added). Not forgetting a coastal favourite of ceviche - check out our recipe below. Of course, if you're searching for that caffeine fix, sampling Costa Rica's locally produced coffee and chocolate are the perfect accompaniments.
Plan your sustainable Costa Rica trip with one of many CST approved UK tour operators and their local partners with some leading operators suggested below.