A Tip, Smoothies & Pizza
**Off topic a bit 🙂
Money-saving bonus tip:
One of the best things about La Fortuna is you can drink the tap water. We have been doing it all week, with no problems. I honestly cannot remember the last time I drank tap water, even in the United States. You’re going to be amazed how nice it is to walk over to the sink, turn on the tap and fill up your ice cube tray or your glass. It almost feels weird and foreign the first couple of days you’re doing it.
We purchased a mini Sawyer water filter for those times when you can’t drink the water, or you’re nervous about drinking it, and it works great! It’s cheap and great for travel because it’s compact. The water flow is good, and you can attach it to almost any water bottle. Bottled water is really expensive in Costa Rica so we found this water filter to be a great savings for us when in the areas of Costa Rica where you can’t drink the tap water.
Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Reason: great authentic fresh smoothies
Smoothie Batidos is the fruit stand right around the corner from Soda Hormigas. In the United States, if you order a smoothie, you will pay $5 to $8 (in California anyway). In Costa Rica not only is the fruit delicious, but the smoothies are no more than $2. At Smoothie Batidos the price was $1.65 per smoothie. The video shows a snapshot of the menu and a short video of her making it if you’re interested in the different types of smoothies you can buy check it out towards the end of this post.
Our Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Reason: Stuffed crust pizza with pepperoni was delicious
This pizza place has potential, but there were a few things that we want to warn people about. First off, I personally would ask them to cook it a little longer so the crust can crisp up, it was a bit doughy and most of the other pizzas we saw looked doughy so that may be typical of this restaurant.
The problem for us?? I don’t think anyone spoke English at this location, so they didn’t understand much of what we were asking. The pepperoni on the pizza was some of the best I’ve ever had. The pepperoni looked like they broiled it and it was very crispy. The price for the large pizza, a bottle of water and a coke was $23. We got a large pizza which we ate for three days. As you can see in the video, it’s pretty big. If you don’t want leftovers, a medium is probably plenty for two people.
“Eat well, Travel often.”
Best La Fortuna Restaurants In Costa Rica
Our Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Reason: Amazing blackberry smoothie and good food overall
Soda Ara doesn’t seem to get a ton of credit on Google, but this was one of the first sodas we went to, and I loved it. The blackberry smoothie they make is unbelievable. I’ve gone back two or three times just for the smoothie. It tastes like a milkshake for $2. When we ate there, we split the fajitas, and it was more than enough food for both of us. I think with two smoothies, and the fajitas it was around $12 if nothing else try the blackberry smoothie at this place.
Our Rating: 4 out of 5
Reason: good cheese bread
Musmanni bakery is a chain throughout Costa Rica. It’s not that this Bakery was anything special, but it was very convenient, and the prices are reasonable. Come to think of it; La Fortuna is one of the most convenient towns we’ve been to while traveling around the world. Everything seemed to be a 2 to 5-minute walk, it was safe and most of the amenities you may want are only a short distance away.
Whether you need a prescription, a haircut, food, a grocery store, bar, or even a pair of glasses, it all seemed to be right there in front of you. Okay, back to the bakery. Again it was nothing special, but all the bread and pastries are fresh baked daily so we found buying bread here was better than the grocery store. The cheese bread was our favorite, I tried a few pastries, and they were average. Again, it’s better bread than the grocery store but not one of those bakeries you’re going to remember.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Reason: good nachos and fun atmosphere
To be honest, the only reason we came to this place was on our way back from an excursion on a Wednesday night, and it was really busy. We decided to give it a try, and we had a great time. We tried the nachos, and they were good, and the portion was large. One thing that stuck with us over every other restaurant we went to in La Fortuna was the service and how fast it was. Drinks came right away, and we had our meal 5 minutes after the drinks.
The other thing we liked was the live music. It wasn’t so loud that you couldn’t talk or think. It was the perfect volume, and the musician playing was very good. If you’re looking to go out midweek or you’re looking for a fun atmosphere, I would definitely check this place out.
La Cava Pizza a La Lena
Rating: 4.7 out of 5
Reason: Great pizza with lots of flavor
This Pizza joint is just outside of La Fortuna. If you have a car or a scooter, it’s easy to get to. Out of the two Pizza spots, we visited when we were in La Fortuna, both were referrals from locals, and this was the best spot. The pizza is a thin crust pizza with lots of flavor, and it’s cooked in a brick oven which we love.
The video attached gives you a good idea of the size of the pizzas. I also had a local La Fortuna craft beer which was a ginger beer. I’ve never had one of these before, and it was awesome. I suggest if you like craft beers to check this one out.
One of Christie’s favorite quotes:
“I’ll never be content to stay forever in one place. I’m too madly in love with all the places I haven’t been, the people I haven’t met, the food I haven’t tried, and the streets I haven’t danced on.” – Brooke Hampton
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