Food and market life
Costa Rican cuisine essentially revolves around rice and beans. Leftovers are often served for breakfast, mixed with onions and peppers to create what locals call a spotted rooster, referring to the speckled colours.
This is then served with scrambled eggs, fresh cheese and fried plantains – all locally sourced, of course.
Utilising seasonal vegetables from the markets is a pleasurable experience and is where locals meet and socialise. As such, tourists can experience a real sense of Costa Rican culture here. The largest and most famous of the lot is the enclosed Central Market in Costa Rica’s bustling capital San Jose, which stretches across back streets and boasts around 200 stalls. These markets are also a great place to buy local produce, such as coffee beans or typical jungle-seed jewellery.
Wherever you’re based, you’re also sure to have the opportunity to experience the vibrancy of a farmers’ market. Known as feria, they are held in most neighbourhoods on a weekly basis and can often be found on the local football field.