The people of Costa Rica are naturally laid back and have a “be happy & enjoy the day” kind of attitude - "Pura Vida" meaning pure life or pure living. This mentality simply runs through their blood. We could all do with adapting to this lifestyle a little no matter how busy or stressed. First off I need to say how fantastic Intrepid Travel are in everything they do! Big thumbs up from A&T!!
Costa Rica loves Rice & Beans! Rice & Beans for breakfast, rice & beans for lunch then rice & beans with anything else for dinner! You dont have to include rice & beans with everything you eat but I recommend eating as much as you possibly can handle ha its a great source of energy if you plan to explore but also it makes you feel a little more involved in the Costa Rica lifestyle..
Eat at a “Soda” you won't regret it! These a local street food kind of vendors but also some are like small informal restaurants to sit and chat while enjoying some local delights. They rarely serve alcohol and will always be full of locals (best way to identify a great Soda!) the most popular meals include a choice of: chicken, steak or pork with salad rice & beans + other garnishes.
I spent the first four days with no luck until that evening... our guide Edson, who joined us most evenings for a lovely meal and a few drinks returned from the bar with a large leaf folded over, it was the infamous Red Eyed Tree Frog. I was blown away and this would not of happened if it wasnt for traveling with our amazing Intredpid Travel guide Edson. He then began to tell us all about the frog and how he recognised the mating call from a overhanging tree... the video below briefly shows how excited we were haha