If you are a vegetarian or vegan, traveling in Costa Rica is easy. Even those needing a gluten-free or dairy-free diet will have options. Rice and beans (both black and red) are part of every meal, even breakfast. Plenty of tropical fruits, salads, steamed vegetables, fried plantains and corn tortillas are common and available. If you eat fish, the country is full of fresh fish (both saltwater and fresh water) and seafood.
At world-renowned Santa Teresa Beach, Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat specializes in healthy, gourmet cuisine and caters to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and other dietary needs. Their open-air Buddha Eyes Restaurant blends Pacific Rim and Asian cuisine with native Costa Rican and Italian touches. They feature organic Costa Rican fruits and vegetables, creative vegetarian cooking, and local fish and seafood.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week, and the restaurant is open to the public. The luxury boutique hotel is located beachfront at spectacular Playa Santa Teresa on the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Pranamar Villas is a TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence award winner.
By Shannon Farley