Sustainable and healthy eating meets innovative cuisine at Hotel Tropico Latino on Costa Rica’s Santa Teresa Beach.

by Shannon Farley

A healthy lifestyle goes hand-in-hand with all-natural and eco-friendly eating. One of Costa Rica’s top restaurants, the Shambala Restaurant at Hotel Tropico Latino on Santa Teresa Beach, serves up avant-garde cuisine that is good for you and planet friendly.

The Santa Teresa beachfront restaurant affords stunning views of the Pacific Ocean while diners enjoy mouth-watering traditional and artisanal dishes. Chefs use organic, local products as much as possible, without preservatives or artificial coloring. Their suppliers are farmers who have organic certification or good eco-friendly practices. Fruits and vegetables are sourced locally from the organic farm Hacienda Okhra.

Freshly caught fish and shellfish come direct from local fishermen. The restaurant serves free-range chicken from the region, as well as local artisanal cheeses and honey. They buy only organic Costa Rican coffee and cacao. Artisan breads and pastas, including many gluten-free options, are homemade.

Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, where Santa Teresa is located, is known as one of the Blue Zones of the world where people live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Hotel Tropico Latino strives to be sustainable by respecting the environment, supporting renewable energy, recycling, and using biodegradable products like bamboo straws in the restaurant. Additionally, they hire staff from the local community.

To find out more about Hotel Tropico Latino, see the website. Their restaurant is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner.