Tortuguero Restaurants & Nightlife
If it's your first time to Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, then you've got to try the food. Tortuguero village has plenty of small, family-owned restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy the local flavors, most of which include coconut. Or at least, that seems to be the secret ingredient that makes the cuisine so different from the rest of the country. Even the rice and beans are simmered in coconut milk giving them a certain savory-sweetness that makes it worth a trip into town from one of the nearby ecolodges.
Our favorite dish though is the Caribbean-style chicken, slow cooked in herbs, spices and coconut milk often served with crispy, golden pancake-shaped patacones (fried green plantains). While you can find Caribbean-style cuisine at nearly every restaurant in Tortuguero, our favorite place is Miss Junie's, a century-old restaurant run by one of the first families to settle in Tortuguero.
Tortuguero's not exactly known for its nightlife. You'll find one night club near the town center by the river; just follow the sound of the music and look for the disco lights after the sun goes down.