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Paleo in Costa Rica?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 08, 2013 at 9:01 PM

My wife, our toddler and I will be vacationing in Costa Rica for about 10 days. The big mistake is we didn't arrange to stay in lodging that includes a kitchen.

It sounds like it might be quite a challenge to get enough to eat when eating out without succumbing to rice and beans. Does anyone have experience traveling in CR or living in CR as paleo? Will dining options be limited or can we expect eateries to accommodate to visiting folks who want to swap out rice and beans for veggies, plantains, etc?

A bonus question, if anyone is in the know, is what are the typical cooking oils used in eateries? I would hope lots of tropical oils and animal fats, but the cynical me assumes globalization dashes that hope.

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thanks for the info! we're staying down the Carribean coast in Punta Uva which is near Puerto Viejo. Originally we were gonna rent a car but I found out about the mandatory insurance last minute so we axed that and took a 4 hour taxi, lol. Which means we'll bike more but also we're not going to get around to other spots as much. So far its been okay. The lodge owners offer bacon and eggs for breakfast so that works. Fruit is a bit too abundant. We tried a couple of restaurants and were able to skip on rice and beans, tho it makes the plate a bit light. is that 10% service charge the tip?

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on January 08, 2013
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i went in the summer! and it depends on where you'll be going - coastal and you'll be fine with plenty of fresh fish and ceviche (raw fish cooked in lime) as well as tropical fruits and salad

breakfast includes eggs as well as fried plantain (usually fried in palm oil or butter)

tropical fruit is abundant, with pineapple and bananas aplenty. avocado is also found everywhere. if you let me know where exactly you're going i may be able to recommend restaurants! it is surprising how many restaurants there are that serve european food

if you have basic spanish and can explain what you want, some people will cater for you, whilst others will give you a blank look and hand over the corn tortilla...

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on January 11, 2013
at 01:26 AM

thanks for the info! we're staying down the Carribean coast in Punta Uva which is near Puerto Viejo. Originally we were gonna rent a car but I found out about the mandatory insurance last minute so we axed that and took a 4 hour taxi, lol. Which means we'll bike more but also we're not going to get around to other spots as much. So far its been okay. The lodge owners offer bacon and eggs for breakfast so that works. Fruit is a bit too abundant. We tried a couple of restaurants and were able to skip on rice and beans, tho it makes the plate a bit light. is that 10% service charge the tip?

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on January 08, 2013
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I traveled to Tamarando (pre-Primal), but from my memory, it would not have been hard to stay 85%-90%.

Rice was served often, but you can likely sub for fresh veggies

What I remember most was the seafood, especially the crevices. You can always get the protein served over a salad. I also remember some amazing seafood soups -- probably not 100% paleo, but they were very broth-ey and full of veggies and fish.

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on January 09, 2013
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I went this past summer too and stayed in Guanecaste. Most of it was resort so it had typical resort food. Paleo friendly stuff like steaks, burgers, steamed vegetables, grilled pork, bacon and eggs.

the hardest part was resisting all the other desserts that were available which I may or may not had success with.

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