How will you fuel up for adventure travel on your trip to Costa Rica? From traditional Costa Rican food to American favorites, amazing morning meals await in the seaside town of Jacó.
Sitting just off the main strip, The Coffee Shop is famed for its cinnamon buns. The small eatery’s Canadian owner bakes the breakfast treats daily, along with homemade bread that’s received rave reviews. Available in both American and local style, breakfast combos come with thick-sliced bacon, locally sourced sausage and homemade strawberry jam.
In the center of town, Pachi’s Pan is a local institution known for fresh pastries. Along with fresh-baked bread, they please breakfast lovers with caramel and cream churros. For heartier fare, try one of their breakfast sandwiches on a warm croissant. Pachi’s is also renowned for their empanadas, stuffed with chicken or beef and vegetables. Grab a table on the second-floor terrace and enjoy your breakfast as you people watch on the bustling street below.
As you might suspect from their name, Costa Juice specializes in fresh-squeezed juices, blending local delectables like pitahaya in their juice-bar beverages. These include a wide range of smoothies such as cacao, banana and berry-licious smoothies. They’re also popular for their bowls, such as dragon fruit and açaí, along with organic coffee and artisan bread.
Another intimate spot in the center of town, Cafe Bohio is all about coffee -- some say they have the best in town. The family-owned cafe roasts their own beans and sell them on site. Start your day with a Bohio-style cold brew with coconut milk or enjoy their signature red honey drip coffee. Their espressos and cappuccinos are famously strong and iced-brews come with unique cubes of frozen coconut milk. While this isn’t the spot for a full stick-to-your-ribs breakfast, they have a nice assortment of sweets including carrot cake and strawberry crumb cake to enjoy with your gourmet java.
Those looking for a heartier morning meal would do well to stop by Soda Jacó Rustico. Serving authentic Costa Rican meals to a largely local clientele, the affordable eatery usually draws a big breakfast crowd. Step into a fast-moving buffet line and load up on a breakfast with traditional gallo pinto, eggs, sausages, fruit and strong coffee. Portions are large and prices are low at the local joint that’s off the main strip.
Another popular spot with locals, Soda Garabito serves up cafeteria-style grub at affordable prices. But unlike other local breakfast joints, their eggs are made to order. Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican breakfast with gallo pinto, toast, and plantains in a welcoming spot that’s set away from more-traveled routes in town.
Just off the beach, Poseidon Restaurant serves daily breakfast in an airy space with great views for people watching. The breakfast menu features both American and Costa-Rican-style dishes, including home fries and bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. Poseidon is also well known for its Sunday brunch, offering Eggs Benedict, mimosas and a mix-your-own Bloody Mary Bar.