Costa Rica is known worldwide for it’s delicious coffee, but when it comes to more substantial foods are vegetarians left high and dry?
By no means! I feel that Costa Rica is probably one of the easiest places to travel as a vegan. Even as a raw vegan it is fairly easy since you can always get fruit plates (oh my god the fruuuuuit), smoothies and salads.
Eating vegan and vegetarian in Costa Rica ranges from decent but wholesome meals of rice and beans to an incredibly diverse array of quirky, fresh foods. While street food isn’t big here, the farmer’s markets more than make up for it. Costa Rica is definitely a great but underrated destination for vegetarians and vegans alike.
I have seldom been as relaxed as I was on the beaches of Santa Teresa, practicing Yoga while the sun set and eating only the freshest of ripe fruit. Now, this little beach town might be the prime spot for vegans in Costa Rica, with a lot of Americans, Canadians and Australians bringing over new traditions and opening up coffeeshops, yoga retreats and fancy hostels, but be assured, you won’t go hungry, no matter where you go! You might find this vegan food guide for Costa Rica helpful.
Check out what I did, where I stayed in Santa Teresa and most important – What I ate during my trip!
PS: If you are thinking of visiting Costa Rica, see my full travel itinerary here!
Santa Teresa has plenty to offer and I found incredible meat-, egg- and dairy-free options not only at regular restaurants but a couple vegetarian and vegan spots.
The featured restaurants include the following:
Olam Pure Food – Vegan restaurant, yoga studio and eco lodge, the Nautilus Boutique Hotel. Great choice of meals, good prices and wonderful atmosphere. Delicious smoothies, breakfast options, sweet treats, full lunch menu and smaller dinner menu. I could go there every day and not get bored.
Zula – Calm your cravings for Hummus and Falafel.
Bali Café – Cutest coffeeshop on Argentinian hands. They make a solid Açai bowl and decent sandwiches. Try a mate!
Bakery Marianne – Good coffee, sweets and a vegan sandwich for only $2
Zwart Café – Clean and artsy with a Californian vibe
You are vegan and traveling to a Latin American country?
Then you might want to remember the following key bits!
- vegetariano (vegetarian)
- vegano (vegan)
- sin carne (without meat)
- sin queso (without cheese)
- sin leche (without milk)
- sin pescado (without fish)
- batido en agua (fruit drink with/in water)
- ague de pipa (fresh coconut milk)
- casado vegetariano/vegano (basically, a meal of rice and beans with other sides. Using “vegano” may not work in most places, but you may also be able to simply point and choose your sides.)