General Tour Tips

 

• We recommend that you take our tours at the beginning of your stay in Costa Rica.
Coco Culinary Tours will help introduce you to some of the culinary gems across our town to which you can return for breakfast, lunch or dinner during your stay!

• Get acquainted with the available food restaurants of Playa del Coco.

• You will be introduced to the culture and cuisine by a local guide and through a variety of ingredients (local and seasonal).

• There is no better way to begin your exploration than through food and drinks in this most charming beach town and country.

• Be sure to come with an appetite, you will need it on this tour (you have been warned).

• Explore Coco through its food and drink. Our foody, drink and cultural tour begins across from Hard Rock Cafe at the bus stop. It continues on an easy walk through Playa Del Coco ending at the beach, just in time to see the sunset. There is parking available close by.

• Culinary tourists are increasingly fanning the globe in search of authentic food experiences.

• No foodie trip would be complete without joining Coco Culinary Tours for Authentic tastes and flavors of this quaint little beach town.

• You’ll discover culinary gems throughout our tour. Our local guides with fascinate your with local stories, fascinating facts and the history of Tico Life in this afternoon tour. You can expect plenty of food, drink and good conversation as well as meeting some new friends along the way.

• Why try one menu item when you can try 3-5 items off the menu at each of the 4 restaurants. You can learn about the food and meet the locals all in one adventurous afternoon.

• We recommend wearing comfortable footwear.

• You will have reserved seating at every location and will be seated immediately upon arrival.

• There are restrooms available at each of the restaurants.

• We will do a group photo on the beach and send it out to each of the participants free of charge when the completed easy feedback form is returned.

• At the end of the tour we will provide a link to each visited restaurant’s website so you can review the menu and make a future reservation.

 

Please Remember

• Our tour is a walking tour, and some tour destinations may have uneven terrain, streets and sidewalks, so wear comfortable shoes and be careful.

• Costa Rica is a hot country, and temperatures go up during the afternoon, so comfortable and cool clothing is recommended. Sun visors, caps or hats and sun glasses are also recommended, along with sun block.

• We can accommodate wheelchairs and scooters on our walking Food Tour, but do advise us in advance if you or a member of your party will be using either of these.

• We provide water upon request for every guest at each location along with a signature drink.

• Do let us know ahead of time if you or a member of your party has difficulty walking or standing for extended periods of time.

• We can cater for vegetarians, but unfortunately we are unable to make substitutions for vegans or for dietary restrictions and food allergies (such as gluten-free or dairy-free). There isn’t always a “next best” option that meets the special dietary needs of each of our guests. We are sorry for the inconvenience but, we truly appreciate your understanding on this issue. Please feel free to e-mail us with specific queries.

• Tours are held rain or shine.

• Gratuities for the tour guides and servers are appreciated but not mandatory. If you wish to leave a tip, a 15 – 20% tip is within the norm.

FAQ

 

We highly recommend taking the Coco Culinary Tour at the beginning of your visit. This allows you the greatest opportunity to put to use all the information received about the local dining, cocktail and entertainment scenes. Plus, you may want to revisit in greater depth your favorite locations from the tour. We also send our guests off with a link to the website of each restaurant we visited to ensure your stay is perfect.
Because we believe that half the fun lies in the anticipation and the surprise, we do not divulge destinations in advance. We will only visit the finest sit-down restaurants who pride themselves in upscale dishes, presentation and quality. Throughout this unique experience, our guides will share
culture, culinary insights and fun facts that can only come from the perspective of a local.
Absolutely. In fact, many Coco Culinary Tour attendees live right here in Costa Rica. Our tours are designed to showcase hidden culinary gems and to savor buzzed-about dishes, which in some cases may be renowned, but rarely sampled all in one afternoon. We make a point to introduce locals to culinary treasures in their own backyard that they wouldn’t otherwise know about. Locals especially enjoy taking our tours when celebrating a special occasion or when friends from out of town are visiting.
You will feast on only the best signature dishes at carefully selected top-rated restaurants that have built their reputation on having one of the most-sought- after bites in town. Our tastings include dishes ranging from appetizers to entrées and desserts, which all together will comprise a complete meal. Additionally, the amount of food consumed is spread over 3 to 4 hours so you should feel comfortably full, but may be painfully stuffed. You will indulge in an array of flavors from a Gastro Pub, Asian Cuisine, Authentic Italian and Fresh Local Seafood.
You will be offered a pre-selected alcohol beverage at each location. Water and Non-Alcoholic beverages are available at all locations upon request. Must be 18 years of age or older with valid ID.
Please inform us in advance if any members of your party have food allergies or dietary restrictions
during the time of booking. Be sure to let your tour guide know, too, when you arrive. We will do our best to make appropriate substitutions whenever possible, but we cannot guarantee them. If your dietary restrictions are extensive and cover multiple food categories, you might consider a private customized tour instead.
Culinary Tour –  Generally last 3.5 – 4 hours, depending on the group, with ample time to enjoy every dish.
Our tours move at a comfortable pace with participants walking between stops and all of our destinations are sit down restaurants. The walk is fairly easy, but if you have any concerns do let us know. Please inform us in advance if any members of your party have physical restrictions or limitations (wheelchair, trouble walking, etc.) that we should be aware of.
     Luxury Culinary and Beach Tour – Generally 7.5 – 8 Hours. This tour is a full day with the same info as the Culinary Tour.
Private Tours are available upon request. We can create a customized event that will be the perfect foodie tour for you and your party. We will do groups with a Minimum 10 (Requires Advance Notice) . This can be available at one or as many as four of our restaurants. Visit our website or call us direct at 506-6023- 9088
We absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of special requests (family reunions, birthday parties, out of town guests, corporate, conventions, festivals, grand openings and more). We will do groups with a Minimum 10 up to 30+ (Requires Advance Notice) Visit our website or call us direct at 506-6023- 9088
Pre-Book on our website or call us direct at 506-6023- 9088. At this time we are only able to accept cash payments, receipts are available upon request. We recommend booking early as we have limited space and a limited number of tours. Bookings are accepted up to three hours before the tour start time of 1:15 pm for Culinary Tour and 11:15 am for the Luxury Culinary & Beach Tour.
Once purchased, bookings are non-refundable and tours may not be rescheduled. Likewise, there are no reschedules or refunds for latecomers. Tickets, however, are transferable to another guest.
Each tour begins at the bus stop across from Hard Rock Café you can’t miss the big guitar. You are responsible for transportation to the meeting location. Parking is available in close proximity to the meeting spot. The tours will finish at the beach for the sunset and is a short walk back to the starting location. Your tour guide will be happy to assist with any other directions needed at the end of the tour.
Coco Culinary Tours are hosted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons from 1:15 – 5:00 pm. If you are considering a private tour please contact us.
   Luxury Culinary Beach Tours are hosted daily upon criteria of  min participants of 6,  (11:15 am – 7:30 pm).
Tours are held regardless of weather with a small amount of walking. You should dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions and wear comfortable walking shoes. We also suggest bringing sun tan lotion, bug spray and a camera. We are thrilled when tour guests take photos and send them to us, post to our Facebook Page and tag us on Instagram @cococulinarytours and leave a review on Trip Advisor (If you are happy with the tour please tell everyone and if you are not happy please tell us so we can make the experience better for everyone).
Our tours are not geared toward young children who may not have the patience or stamina for a 3.5- 4 hour dining experience or a 7.5 hour culinary and boat tour. However older children who appreciate great food may enjoy taking the tour. All guests must book a tour whether they participate in the food tastings or not. Non-paying individuals will not be able to join the tour. No exceptions will be made. No discounted tickets are offered for children or seniors. Please remember that bookings are non-refundable. Participants of our Coco Culinary Tour who drink alcohol must be 18+ years of age with valid ID.
Absolutely! We welcome solo travelers and couples on our Coco Culinary Tour food experiences! We love sharing our beach town and food culture with new friends and will run our food tours with 6 or more guests. Please be aware that our tours typically sell out so you can expect to share the experience with other like-minded travelers or informative locals. If you wish to book a private experience for your group, please contact us or call +506 6023-9088
Yes, the customary gratuity in Playa Del Coco is 15% to 20%, and a tip is included at every destination. Gratuities direct to your tour guide are always greatly appreciated, but never
mandatory.
We ask that you please wait to do your shopping until after the tour, so we can stay on schedule.
Yes, bathrooms are available at all our restaurant locations and our boat also has a bathroom.
We ask that you refrain from cell phone usage during the tour unless it is an emergency as it is disruptive to the presenters and the tour participants.
Yes. A Coco Culinary Tour is the perfect gift for someone living in, or visiting, Costa Rica. It’s ideal for a special occasion or just to say thank you! You can gift any of our tours, and let the recipient select the date when they are ready to redeem their gift certificate. Our gift certificates have the flexibility to be instantly emailed to you or your recipient. To purchase a gift certificate, please contact us.
At this time, we only offer tours in English, however each of our restaurants have Spanish speaking staff. Please email us if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour. If you are interested in a tour in a different language, we may be able to accommodate requests with advance notice.

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