Eating in Costa Rica, being gluten intolerant.
Eating in Costa Rica, being gluten intolerant.

One in one hundred people have celiac disease in the world. We can control what we eat when we are at home… but what happens when you travel to another country?


When you travel through Green World Aventures, is important as a client, to inform any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have to your travel agent.


Fortunately, the hotels have the availability and the time to prepare themselves in time for your coming, and in the reservation, your travel agent can alert them of your dietary restriction.


Costa Rica’s everyday diet (famous Casado) consists of chopped vegetables (picadillos), salads, protein (fish, chicken, or meat), and of course rice, beans, and the delicious fried plantain. This will make it easier for a celiac person to have a Casado for lunch. We also eat lots of tortillas (made of corn).


Be sure that if you go to a restaurant outside your hotel, mention your condition. Let them offer you an alternative for you to eat. You can check out a gluten-free restaurant or that offers a gluten-free menu. In the most touristic places, you can find a variety of ideal places to eat just for you. Remember Costa Rica is a tropical country. The variety of fruit is large and there are fruit markets everywhere. You can carry some fruit to the places you are going. Have a healthy and delicious gluten-free snack with you!



  1. Pack travel snacks. Gluten-free snacks like nuts, dried fruit, or Costa Rican fresh fruit. Having something to munch on can curb your appetite until you find something more substantial.
  1. Research good spots for people with celiac disease. Many large restaurant chains have gluten-free selections on their menus. Before you embark on your trip, find out if any of these franchises are located in the city you’ll be staying in.
  2. Dine early or late. If you enter a restaurant at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night, you may be confronted with a crowd of customers — and busy staff that might forget to convey your requests to the chef. If you get there before or after traditional “rush” times, you’ll have a much greater chance of your requests being accommodated.

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