Riverside Pizzeria & Gastropub

Welcome to Riverside, your stop for amazing brick oven pizzas, craft beer, select wines and farm-to-table cuisine. Our pizzas are hand tossed with dough that has been fermented for at least 48 hours, giving them a signature flavor and superior quality. All our pizzas and breads are baked in our brick oven. We strive to use as many ingredients as possible from our organic garden and our neighbors.

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Costa Rica Craft Brewing

In October 2010, as a dream of lovers and fans of craft beer, the first craft brewery unique in Costa Rica and Central America was born- Costa Rica Craft Brewing. Our goal is to educate our customers and consumers, beer lovers on the particular qualities of craft beer. We are now offering a number of styles of beer that go beyond the ordinary, and are produced in our country with pride and passion. Over the years the brewery has gained international recognition for our exclusive beers to Costa Rica.

Our Brewpub Plant is a large and pleasant space that involves two different environments. Our terraces are perfect to enjoy a pleasant afternoon or evening outside or entering the main hall and admire the window overlooking our production area. Come taste our craft beers in pints or Vuelos or ½ pints and immerse yourself in the world of craft beer. Come and enjoy the culture of craft beer in the hands of the pioneers of the movement in Costa Rica.

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Alta Hotel

alta las palomas, Costa Rica, basks in the high life. Literally. Clinging to the hills of Alto de las Palomas in the west part of San Jose(between the cities of Escazu and Santa Ana), alta hotel presides above Costa Rica’s Valle Central overlooking the sprawling mountains and volcanoes beyond. Upscale and sophisticated, alta’s terracotta rooves and tall ceilings lend a timless European village charm, whilst la luz restaurant+bar provides a relaxed setting for soaking up the views. Equally suited for honeymoons, romantic getaways, business meetings and quiet reflection after your Costa Rican adventures, the bustle of city life below remains reassuringly in reach. And nowhere is bedding down for the night taken more seriously. Handcrafted furnishings, atmospheric pendant lamps, fresh flowers, soothing colour schemes, sink-into leather chairs and fascinating 1920s black and white photographs are standard features throughout the 23 rooms and suites. Our private balconies leading you to an exotic garden scene, or if staying in the master suite, the forest-covered mountains and volcanoes beyond Valle del Sol (with a glimpse of the Pacific if you’re lucky). Local organic farmers supply the ingredients for la luz restaurant+bar whose menus feature international, local and Mediterranean flavours. It’s fast gaining recognition as a big player in San José.

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Rancho Humo

Rancho Humo Estancia embraces the concept of a luxury safari lodge blended with a traditional Guanacaste ranch. The eco-boutique hotel at Rancho Humo rests in a privileged setting bordering the Palo Verde National Park in the important wetlands and mangroves of the expansive Tempisque River delta in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Rancho Humo is an authentic, traditional Guanacaste estate ranch – known as an “Estancia” in Latin America – spread over 1,100 hectares (2,718 acres) in a private reserve that safeguards these endangered tropical ecosystems. Surrounded by internationally protected wetlands, Rancho Humo Estancia offers you pure enjoyment of nature, outstanding bird-watching, and adventure at its best. Rancho Humo eco-boutique hotel is designed for those accustomed to excellence.

 

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Villa Punto de Vista

Villa Punto de Vista is easily one of Central America’s most breathtaking, unique and luxurious destinations. The villa was recently awarded Best Property  and Best Architecture by the renowned International Property Awards 2011 led by Google and Bloomberg. Perched high up in the jungles of Manuel Antonio overlooking the full majesty of the Pacific Ocean, the view is better than any post-card. The villa has garnered a reputation as unique luxury destination for the rich and the famous and one of the best locations for a destination wedding in all of the America’s. Now working in partnership with Costa Rica Culinary Tours, the villa only rents out rooms “hotel style” once a year for their special Culinary Paradise Week. Boasting a perfect 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, a stay at Villa Punto de Vista is not to be missed!

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Monte Azul

Monte Azul is conceived as a place where guests can come to be inspired by nature, while not having to sacrifice comfort and style. We offer unusual activities designed for those who seek an exceptional travel experience. Whether you want to climb up the local trails to see their beautiful goats, visit a local farm to milk cows and learn how to make artisan swiss style cheese or visit one of the local restaurants to learn how to make tamales, Monte Azul is your ticket to diving head first into the amazing local culture but with all of the creature comforts you’d expect of any boutique hotel.

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El Viejo Wetlands

This truly astonishing natural phenomenon frames Palo Verde National Park, providing a natural buffer zone for thousands of multicolor tropical birds. The 5000-acre private preserve was created by a family who had been involved in the sugar industry for more than five decades. Their sole aim was to protect the habitat of many species of colorful birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, and also a wide diversity of flora. Your visit will include a boat tour of the Tempisque River and wetlands, as well as admission to the historic “ox-operated sugar mill” (trapiche) and Sabanero House, and lunch and catered dinner.

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Costa Rica Meadery and Ark Herb Farm

Never heard of mead? According to a recent story in Time magazine, “mead may conjure up images of Renaissance fairs or Germanic folk tales, but it is enjoying renewed popularity among imbibing aficionados. Also known as honey wine, this tipple is made from fermented honey and water, sometimes with added yeast. You can produce countless style and variations—from dry to sweet and anything in between, including sparkling—by tinkering with the ingredient proportions and the fermentation process. And just as a wine’s notes are dependent on the terroir of its grapes, the flavor of a mead changes based on the flowers that honeybees use to pollinate.” Try it while you’re there! To learn more visit www.costaricameadery.com

We’ll also visit this truly unique herb farm, located on the slopes of the Poás Volcano, featuring one of the best collections of medicinal plants in Costa Rica–as well as species (many of them endangered) from such distant places as India, Brazil and China.

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Finca Blanca Rosa Coffee Plantation & Coffee Connoisseurs’ Lunch

We’ll not only learn how organic coffee is grown, harvested, dried, processed, roasted and packed–after this high-octane lunch, you may never think of coffee again as a mere drink: Parmesan Crisps with Pejivalle Mousse; Ceviche de Guineo with House Made Ñampi Chips; Roasted Tomato and Coffee Soup with Crispy Leeks; Grilled Chicken Breast in a Tamarind Coffee Sauce; Filet Mignon in a Red Wine, Espresso and Cinnamon Reduction Served with Yucca Croquettes; and Warm Chocolate Cake served with House Made Coffee Ice Cream!

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Sibu Chocolates

Did you know that cacao beans served as currency for Costa Rican natives from pre-Columbian times into the 1930’s? Indeed, cacao was one of the country’s leading industries before the introduction of coffee in the late 1700’s. We’ll visit this world-famous chocolate maker to learn how their award-winning confections and bars are made by hand, using only the finest local ingredients and organic Costa Rican cacao from a single plantation–as well as the significant role that chocolate has played in history for hundreds of years.

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