I just returned from a 12 day trip to Costa Rica. It was a fabulous trip and best of all, I never had an issue with food. First of all, the typical Costa Ricans don't eat a lot of food with wheat and they do eat a lot of fresh foods. A typical meal would be a meat, rice, beans, fried plantains (bananas), or yucca, and a cabbage salad with a couple of fresh corn tortillas. Lots of fruit is served at breakfast and breakfast is usually included with hotel stays. I did have a card I made up myself stating I had Celiac and what I could and couldn't eat. I laminated about 5 of them but only pulled them out a couple of times.
I knew where we would be staying during our travels and emailed all the hotels ahead of time. I can't say enough good things about one of the places we stayed, Bosque del Cabo. It is at the tip of the Osa Peninsula, a gorgeous setting 500 feet above the Pacific and Golfo Dulce. Every evening was a gourmet buffet and the cook made sure everything on that bufffet was GLUTEN FREE!!!. I have never been treated so nice anywhere before. Turns out the owner's best friend is a Celiac so she knows all about it. I was so tickled to eat all the same food as everyone else. She would make me my own special fruit deserts.
I encourage anyone with Celiac Disease to travel throughout Costa Rica with not many worries. I didn't see any breaded fried food but that doesn't mean it's not there. Also, all the tortillas I came across were corn. Didn't see any wheat tortillas.
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