Caribbean cuisine dominates the area in and around Cahuita Park Costa Rica, but other kinds of food are readily available as well. Coconut and coconut milk are prominent ingredients in local fare, but culinary conservatives will also find great pizza, traditional Mexican fare, vegetarian offerings, and simple but delicious grilled steaks and fish.
Restaurant Edith is the number one place to go for Caribbean Creole fare. Edith’s is located in the city of Cahuita proper, right next to the police station. Dining atmosphere here is casual. Guests sit at long tables and wait as long as 45 minutes for a freshly prepared meal, but the wait is well worth it and the place is always packed. If you want to experience authentic local cuisine prepared perfectly, Restaurant Edith is where you want to be.
For travelers looking for a casual open-air restaurant in and around Cahuita Costa Rica, Cha Cha Cha fits the bill. Located in Cahuita just three blocks north of Coco’s bar, Cha Cha Cha greets the hungry diner with half a dozen open-air tables and an economical and eclectic menu featuring simply grilled fish and meats, fajitas, and some decent pasta dishes. The place fills up fast, so during the busy season be sure to call ahead for reservations.
Sobre los Olos, located just north of town on the road to Black Beach, offers the most scenic location in and around Cahuita Park Costa Rica. Set atop a rocky hill above a coral cove, Sobre los Olos serves a mix of Caribbean fare and grilled fish and squid in a memorable setting. Guest can listen to the waves crash on the coral below while they enjoy a leisurely meal. Try the grilled snapper or the shrimp in tangy coconut sauce.
Casa Creole, located at the Magellan Inn on Play Negra Road, serves Caribbean dishes with a French flair and a Jamaican beat. Tables are set with linen tablecloths and glass lanterns, and the ample menu includes such treats as spiced shrimp martiniquaise, and fresh fish baked inside banana leaf. Reservations are recommended.
Cactus, a casual restaurant in Cahuita serves great thin crust pizza, and Ricky’s Bar and Relax both offer affordable Mexican and American fare in a comfortable setting. Caribbean Roots and Culture offers the most vegetarian dishes in and around Cahuita Park Costa Rica, and also serves up delicious Caribbean cuisine at decent prices.
For the truly adventurous or budget-minded, many of the local women in and around Cahuita Park Costa Rica cook up pots of regional dishes and sell portions from their front porches at dinnertime. A satisfying meal will set you back between two and four dollars USD.
In the end, you might just discover that deciding where to dine in and around Cahuita Park Costa Rica is not nearly as difficult as finding a way to stop dining! The food is delicious and affordable, the atmosphere is close to paradise, and the people are fun and friendly. Why rush?