Smoothies are not only delicious and refreshing but quite healthy drinks loaded with many vitamins. If you are not familiar with the term smoothie, it is the mixture of either milk, yogurt, or water with one or more fruits. Depending on the place, you can also add protein powder or any other healthy ally such as linseed, or chia seeds, among others to your Costa Rica smoothies.
If you are in Guanacaste or plan to visit this paradise soon, take note of the top six places where you can go to try some extravagant flavors from the unique fresh fruit Costa Rica has to offer.
1.Mandarina Tropical Juice Bar
Google Map Address: 8525+HVQ, Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Known for being a breakfast and brunch restaurant, Mandarina Tropical Juice Bar is also a great place to go to taste a delicious smoothie.
Like most smoothie spots, they already have their menu, but they also give you the choice to create your own blend by choosing the base (either water, milk, yogurt, almond milk, coconut milk, or ice cream), choosing the size, and finally deciding the fruits you want.
Their suggested menu includes:
Cherry+ mango+ yogurt
Bananas+ pineapple+ coconut
Coconut+ pineapple+ passion fruit
Lemonade+ coconut+ ginger
Bananas+ peanut butter
Pineapple + basil+ orange
Acai+ strawberry+ blueberry
Costa Juice is situated in Plaza Tamarindo. Their menu has great Costa Rica smoothies with superfoods and no added sugar. Some of their most creative blends are:
Pura Vida: a one-of-a-kind combination of pineapple, mango, ginger, orange, and hemp seeds.
Tropical Lush: this delicious blend is recommended for weight loss. It has coconut water, blueberries, kale, lemon, and pineapple.
Maca fuel: it is a mind-blowing mix of maca powder, banana, peanut butter, almond milk, and vanilla.
Pink power: The color of this smoothie is surreal, thanks to the uncommon and crazy healthy dragon fruit. The mix also includes banana, pineapple, orange, and ginger.
Reactivated boost: the taste of this smoothie will probably leave you craving for more. It combines cacao nibs, bananas, peanut butter, oatmeal, honey, and almond milk.
At Costa Juice you are free to make your own smoothie combining whatever fruit you like with any of their superfoods (including spirulina, maca powder, raw cacao, pollen, chia seeds, ginseng extract, cacao nibs, and more), greens and roots (like mint, ginger, celery, turmeric, spinach, and kale), peanut butter, granola, oatmeal and Greek yogurt, including other nutritious options.
3.Vida Bowls Food Truck
Located at the intersection of the roads that lead to Huacas and Brasilito is the flashy and colorful Vida Bowls Food Truck. It is loaded with tons of flavorful and healthy options in case you crave something sweet, including smoothies. You can easily recognize it by its green leaves and cool logo. They also attend the night market in Tamarindo on Thursday nights and the regular farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.
Even when their signature product is bowls, they also have Costa Rica smoothies that you can choose from three different options:
1. A base of acai plus 2 fruits and 4 toppings.
2. A base of 3 fruits and 4 toppings.
3. Turning any of their 9 unique bowl combinations into a smoothie.
You can choose to have yours mixed in either coconut milk, coconut water, or bottled water. You can also select from any of the following sweeteners: raw sugar, palm honey, or agave. All the products Vida Bowls Food Truck offers are exquisite, making it quite difficult for you to choose only one.
4. Java Coffee
Google Map Address: H835+Q2W, Next to Las Palmas, Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
If you happen to be in Coco, you cannot miss Java Coffee, not only for its amazing menu but for its equally tasty smoothies. They offer immunity, energy, and detox smoothies. Just to name a few of them, there is “Verdacido,” one of their immunity choices. It is a mix of green mango, mint, lime, orange juice, and honey. Within the energy smoothies, there is “Sweet Kiwi,” which combines kiwi, pineapple, and grapes. Among the Detox smoothies, there is “Explosion de Sabor,” meaning flavor explosion; it combines watermelon, passion fruit, cas, strawberries, orange juice, and honey. Make sure to visit them and pick your favorite.
5. Fruity y Smoothie
Google Map Address: G8X3+9V, Playas del Coco, Guanacaste
Fruity y Smoothie has at your disposal many variations: from vegan to what they call Gym and fruit smoothies. In this place, they have indeed put their heads together and taken the time to come up with fun and creative names for their refreshing drinks. From their vegan options, let us mention the “Dragonfly” made with kiwi, cucumber, basil, broccoli, and green apple. You can also choose “Fox” and taste this unique smoothie that combines carrot, beetroot, orange juice, lemon, and coriander. In regards to the gym smoothies, they have “Hercules,” a delicious mix of banana, oatmeal, peanut butter, peanuts, almond milk, cinnamon, and yes, more almonds. Give “King Kong” a try and be surprised with its mix of banana, red apple, blackberry, milk, and cinnamon. There are many more cool options to choose from, but we are sure that with these few smoothies we have painted a good picture of what you can find there.
6. Organic Land
Google Map Address: VFMC+3MJ, Sámara, Guanacaste
Located in the popular beach town of Sámara, Organic Land is a small but lovely place offering a wide variety of super healthy drinks, including specialty, protein, and regular fruit smoothies. The difference between them is that the specialty ones have unusual add-ins that upgrade both the flavor and the nutritional content of your smoothie. For example, you can find “Samara Green,” which has banana, chia seeds, and spirulina powder. “Tropical Blend” is another distinctive smoothie made with mango, banana, and shredded coconut, while “Balance” contains avocado, banana, flax seed, and spirulina.
Try These Delicious Costa Rica Smoothies
As you can see there are different mouth-watering options to choose from if you crave a unique, delicious, and nutritious Costa Rican smoothie while in Guanacaste. We leave over your shoulders the heavy burden of deciding where to go and which of all those tasty smoothies to try. Rest assured that any of these amazing spots will delight your palate leaving you with the desire to return to try a different flavor.
Special Places is located within the beautiful coastal resort town of Flamingo, in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. With over 15 years of service dedicated to the rental and property management profession, we have an extensive list of rentals in the Flamingo, Potrero, Brasilito and Tamarindo Beach area. Whether looking to plan your next tropical vacation or searching for someone to manage your home, our goal is to provide our clients with the most efficient and personable service in the area.
** In accordance with public health recommendations, Special Places continues to work hard to keep our guests safe. These protocols include enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures for all properties under management **
We are very proud of our professional maid service staff, who provide regular cleaning for some 150 properties — and do it with a smile. A half-dozen maids provide full-time service at a single house, but all the rest rotate among a wide variety of properties from Matapalo to Playa del Coco.
Maids are responsible not just for cleaning but for staging the house, with everything in its proper place, and keeping track of inventory (so that, for example, new clients don’t check in and find there’s no toilet paper). At times, say on Jan. 2, there are so many checkouts and check-ins that the maids bring their sisters, brothers and mothers to get all the work done.
Full-time maids assigned to a single property assist clients with shopping, cooking and laundry, and they often form close bonds with clients. It’s no surprise that our clients often want to take their maids home with them.
Special Places of Costa Rica employs two full-time maintenance men who service all our properties, plus a handful of caretakers dedicated to a single property each.
These men will fix just about any problem that arises — leaks, electrical and plumbing issues, a door that scrapes on a floor, a noisy ceiling fan… you name it. They also paint homes and provide roofing maintenance.
Our maintenance staff are available 24/7 for emergencies like a burst pipe that causes a flood. Special Places of Costa Rica also enjoys a network of qualified subcontractors to handle swimming pool service, gardening / landscaping and repairs to air conditioning units & kitchen appliances.
Steven, from Potrero, is a rental agent for Special Places. He processes rental inquiries, checks on property availability, makes reservations and helps with check-in and check-out info.
Steven has worked at three hotels: as a bellman at Casa Chameleon in Las Catalinas, as a receptionist in the Sugar Beach Hotel near there, and as a receptionist at Jardín del Edén in Tamarindo. He has a bachelor’s degree in teaching English from the Universidad Latina in Santa Cruz, and someday he hopes to teach English at his old high school in Cartagena.
Steven likes to ride his Kawasaki 250 dirt bike in the Potrero Hills, around Las Catalinas and in Tempate. He’s also interested in cars and mechanics, and he’s skilled at repairing motorcycles.
Quote: “I think work is a very important tool that helps us to fulfill ourselves as human beings in life and to improve on what we already know.”
Born in Samar Province in the Philippines, Phem has a two-year degree in computer science from the Asian Institute of Computer Studies. She came to Costa Rica at age 19 to work for her aunt, who owned the Mariner Inn in Flamingo. She later worked for House of Rentals, then Special Places of Costa Rica when the companies merged. As a concierge, she books tours, rental cars, chefs or whatever clients need to make their stay enjoyable. “Whatever they request, you do it,” she said.
She enjoys “having a connection to people, meeting different people, helping people.” Her proudest accomplishment was moving from the Philippines to Costa Rica to explore better opportunities. She recommends that visitors to Flamingo try an ATV tour, a catamaran cruise, rappelling or whitewater rafting.
Quote: “I love Potrero. I live in Surfside. It’s quiet, safe, and people there are very accommodating, nice, friendly, always willing to help you. They’re open to anyone. I like that community. And the bars are within walking distance.”
Pascale, Kenny’s mother and business partner, is the head accountant at Special Places. She is responsible for all the accounting, billing and taxes, managing the maid service, setting work schedules and procuring cleaning products.
Pascale is from Antwerp, Belgium, where she and her husband had a food-service business specializing in poultry. But they often traveled to the Caribbean and Central America, and in 2009 decided to move to Costa Rica.
“We thought it was time to follow some dreams, so we sold the business and came to Costa Rica,” she said. They traveled to every corner of the country, but they fell in love with Guanacaste and decided to settle in Flamingo. They couldn’t find a house that satisfied Pascale’s handyman husband, so they built their own on the hills above Potrero in Pacific Heights.
She says her proudest accomplishment is “bringing two beautiful sons into the world.”
Quote: “The way we raised them, they were very independent. We taught them to work also. Of course, school came first. To us it’s white and black, and the gray doesn’t exist. It’s good or bad.”
Norlyng coordinates the maintenance of all Special Places properties, and she’s also in charge of Human Relations and is an assistant to Kenny Segers.
Born in Limón but a longtime resident of Matapalo, she previously worked as a receptionist at the Best Western Seis Playas Hotel. She also spent six years at the Wyndham Tamarindo, working as head of reception and as an administrative assistant.
Norlyng studied law for a year and a half at the University of Costa Rica in Liberia, but currently she is more focused on tourism. She is married and has two daughters, ages 9 and 2. Her interests include reading (the Bible, inspirational works and finance) and going to relaxing places.
Quote: “My philosophy of life is to live in the present and try not to worry about the future, to have clear objectives, to try not to stress too much and to act in the present.”
A native of Brasilito, Karolayn has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Universidad Latina in Santa Cruz. She is responsible for the billing, accounting and filing at Special Places.
She enjoys hiking and swimming, and her favorite local places are Playa Danta and Playa Conchal. Asked what activity she would recommend to visitors, she said riding a Banana Boat, an inflatable, banana-shaped boat towed behind a speedboat.
Quote: “The working environment here is very nice, very tranquilo. We get along really well, the management, the coworkers, and also the maids and maintenance people. Also, in my job I’ve learned a lot of things that in university classes they don’t teach. It gives you the opportunity to learn and grow.”
A native of Antwerp, Belgium, Kenny emigrated to Costa Rica in 2008. Having graduated from high school in Belgium, he studied economics and business administration in Costa Rica. Eager to go into business, Kenny left university to work as a property manager for House of Rentals in Flamingo, which he acquired not long after starting the job. House of Rentals grew into Special Places of Costa Rica, currently represented by offices in Playa Flamingo and Playas del Coco, and known as one of the leading agencies in the area.
Kenny speaks and writes fluent Spanish, English and Dutch. He is the proud father of a Costa Rican son, Khael, who was born in 2016.
Passionate about his growing vacation rental and management business, Kenny is always looking for investments and opportunities. Hotel Pitaya Lodge (formerly Kakaos Lodge) is also under his management.
In 2020, he began building the first of several homes as part of a newly launched project development/construction company.
Juan Carlos works as a rental agent, attending to any questions about renting a property, explaining the options available, answering any questions and supporting the concierge team in extra services like tours or transport.
Juan Carlos was born in San José and currently lives in Potrero. He has worked for some 15 years in sales or customer service at hotels, including the Hotel Barceló in San José, the Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio and the Lagarta Lodge in Nosara.
He also studied English at the Instituto Norteamericano in San José, earning a C2 certification in English. He has also taken several courses in administration.
Juan Carlos likes walking on the beach (“so I’m definitely in the right place”) with his French bulldog. “They’re very mischievous but very sweet, very good company.”
Quote: “I always say, ‘It costs nothing to smile.’ I always like to convey that people should be happy no matter what.”
Juan Diego, who was born and raised in Villarreal, works as a concierge. That means he helps visitors arrange tours and transportation, rental cars, airport pickup and dropoff, and other services.
Juan Diego studied sustainable tourism management at UNED, the Universidad Estatal a Distancia, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2013. He has worked as an admin for the Dream Chaser catamaran in Tamarindo, as a receptionist at the Hotel Pasatiempo in Tamarindo, and as a concierge at the Hotel Dreams Las Mareas in El Jobo.
Juan Diego enjoys watching HBO series and movies, riding his bike, going out with friends and watching the sunset on the beach.
Quote: “I like concierge work because I get to help a lot of people, fulfilling the dreams of tourists who visit a beautiful country like Costa Rica that’s full of nature.”
José does property inspections, check-ins and check-outs for Special Places, making sure that properties are in great shape for new clients.
Born in Limón, he currently lives in Cartagena. He went to high school at Liceo Experimental Bilingüe de Santa Cruz, and he spent seven years working as a waiter and bartender at the JW Marriotts in Hacienda Pinilla and Reserva Conchal.
He enjoys going to the beach, listening to music, watching movies and series, playing video games and spending time with family.
Quote: “If you’re afraid of dying, it’s better not to be born.”
A native of Nicoya who lives in Cartagena, Jhon works in accounting at Special Places, calculating reservation contracts, sales commissions and billing. He has been studying accounting at the Universidad Latina in Santa Cruz for a year and a half.
His goal is to have an accounting firm of his own. His favorite hobby is artisanal fishing, usually from a boat out of Flamingo, and he once caught a 70-pound mahi-mahi. He also has caught marlin in Tamarindo and Quepos.
His greatest pride is a nearly 2-year-old daughter named Elizabeth Aitana.
Quote: “I think the most marvelous thing that’s happened to me would be the birth of my daughter. That’s the thing I’m most proud of.”
Jason is a concierge and rental specialist with an interesting job — knocking on new clients’ doors to see if they need anything or would like to book any tours or other services.
Born in Limón and currently living in Huacas, Jason speaks flawless English. He has taken some university courses on websites and social media marketing. He is married, no kids, but has a cat named Kirara.
Jason previously worked as a database analyst at Western Union in San José, typically addressing charge-backs on credit cards and resolving other monetary issues.
Jason loves “adrenaline,” muddy offroad adventures, motorcycling, ATV, video games, surfing and skateboarding.
Quote: “You don’t have to be the smartest person to fulfill your dreams, all you need is to put in a little effort and be certain that you will achieve whatever you set your mind to.”
Gabriel joined Special Places as an accounting assistant at the age of 20. He was born in Liberia and currently lives in Filadelfia with his family.
He studied at the Colegio Técnico Profesional de Carrillo, with a specialty in accounting and auditing. He worked previously as an accounting assistant and secretary for a clinic in Palestina de Belén that serves disabled people.
Gabriel enjoys mountain biking, and for the past eight years he has volunteered at the Red Cross in Filadelfia, working mostly in strategic communication.
Quote: “We never have to give up on a dream just because of the time it takes to achieve it.”
Daniela works as an administrative assistant in Human Resources, helping with payroll, health benefits and insurance, as well as onboarding new personnel.
Born in Liberia, she now lives in Villarreal, and she not only has two dogs but also a horse. She adores animals and loves to go horseback riding in the country. She also likes listening to Latin music like cumbia and salsa.
Daniela has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Universidad Libre de Costa Rica (ULICORI). Before coming to Special Places, she worked as an HR assistant at the Occidental Hotel in Tamarindo, where she learned a lot about Human Resources in a real-world environment.
Quote: “Take risks, because everything good starts with a little fear!”
Carla works as an accounting assistant at Special Places and is also involved in property management.
She was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Ciudad Guayana, where she earned a law and accountant degree and worked as a lawyer and accountant. Since coming to Costa Rica, she has worked as a manicurist, masseuse, bartender, waitress and artist.
A gifted artist and something of a Renaissance woman, Carla also draws and makes earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Her varied interests include dancing, hiking, scuba diving, traveling and discovering new cultures.
Quote: “My motto is ‘I know that I own the weak and fragile body of a woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.’ ”
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