Recommended Restaurants and Stores
Restaurant at Bahia Pez Vela. The Casado (meal of the house) is always great as are the salads.
On the road from Sardinal to Coco. Very reasonably priced. Good pasta, pizza and local dishes.
Donde Johann's: Next to Captain Morgan's. Great Pizza and Sushi.
Luperon Grocery Store
The Luperon grocery store, in the heart of Coco has a very local Soda (or casual eating place) out front. For an authentic Tico meal try it, you won't be sorry.
Cafe del Playa unique menu (gormet) and gorgeous setting on Coco Beach, far to the right (facing the ocean). A little pricey but worth it for the setting and food. Go early and laze on their great lounge chairs on the beach.
La Dolce Vida:
In Playa del Coco. Excellent moderately priced Italian food.
The coffee shop in the Pacifico Shopping Center (across from the Automercado) is very good as is the little coffee truck in the Luperon Supermarket parking lot.
In Coco, on the right as you're leaving town. Our favorite seafoood place. Great selection of ceviche
and other seafood. Can't go wrong here, has a real local flavor and even a little playground for kids.
Villa del Sueno:
In Playa Hermosa. More upscale and gourmet cuisine. Nice live (Canadian/US)music on some nights.
Papagaya Seafood Restaurant:
In Playa del Coco. Very reliable, good seafood and pastas.
Right on the beach at Playa Ocotal. Good fish and others. Moderately priced.
Ocotal Fish Lady
There is often a lady on the beach of Ocotal who will grill or fry you a freshly caught fish. Very good and cheap.
This little lebanese food shack right next to the Casino on the main street in Coco is excellent. Don't miss the baklavah(if there is any left when you get there)
Great and authentic Italian fare in a quaint restaurant tucked away in a Tico residential neighborhood.
Totally reasonable prices and great atmosphere. Villa Italia
Claudio y Gloria's One of the oldest Coco restaurants. Great seafood and right by the beach in Coco. Claudio y Gloria website.
Taco Stand in Luperon Parking Lot. A new addition in 2016. Excellant and cheap tacos right next to the Luperon
Ginger. Upscale asian fusion restaurant in Playa Hermosa. Tapas style. A bit pricey but excellent.
La Choza de Laurel
Great outdoor place near the airport. Go past the airport towards Liberia and it is less than 1K on the
right. Really great upscale Tico fare.
Pop's Ice Cream next to the Automercado in Coco. Cool tropical flavors like guava and cas and great
regular flavors also.
Bull Dog Fitness
This is a gym on the road from Ocotal to Coco (just past the Ocotal gate). Day passes are available.
Grocery Stores: There are four in Coco. Automercado at the Pacifico complex, on your right as you enter Coco from the airport, is the spiffy one with sushi and organic vegetables (and corresponding
prices). Across the street is the more genuine Luperon where the locals shop, with their dogs in tow. As you turn left to go to Ocotal on your
right is the SuperCompro, a medium option.
Get fish from the local fish market and grill it on the villa BBQ:
Directions to fish market: drive out of Ocotal towards Coco. About 200 meters before the School on the left (and before the last bridge) there is a dirt road. Turn left and go over a tiny bridge about 50 meters and the local fish market is on your left.
Local Fruit and Vegetable Stand on the road to Ocotal, just after leaving Coco, on the right.
This little gift shop on the main street on the right just before the beach always has a great selection and good prices.
Farmers Market: On Sundays between 10am and 2pm at Las Palmas (turn right at the Lizard Lounge).