If you have to wait several hours before your flight at the Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, you probably don´t want to l wait inside the airport terminal. The food is expensive, the portions are small and there’s no Internet service.
Cafe Cristina, 6 kilometers from the airport is a gastronomic gem along the way. They have Costa Rican and American-style breakfasts, French toast, fresh fruit, waffles, omelets or pancakes. Try the homemade yellow corn tortilla, topped with fresh refried beans, fresh grilled cheese (organic from the town of Upala), fried eggs, avocado and the house sauce for ¢3500 ($6.65).
At lunchtime, they are known for their homemade pizzas and sandwiches, but they offer much more, starting with the Spanish gazpacho (a cold soup made with tomato, organic cucumber, white wine vinegar, olive oil and croutons) for ¢3500 ($6.65), or the tropical chicken fillet that comes with a reduction of passion fruit, mango or tamarind for ¢4950 ($9.40).
If you stop by in April or May, ask for the pejibaye (peach palm nut) cream, a seasonal delight that is hard to get in Guanacaste, for ¢2500 ($4.75).
Cafe Cristina is a paradise for those who need to “take the edge off” with a little alcohol before boarding the plane. They serve imported beers or national craft beers like the famous Tumba Calzones with hibiscus, or “Mama Candela,” a porter with chocolate and honey with 7.8% alcohol content.
With the exception of the watermelon, melon and avocado.all of their vegetables and fruits are organic, brought from Zarcero, The rice is free of agrochemicals, bought from three certified farms in Cañas.
The coffee is from the farm owned by the restaurant owners, Oscar Lopez and Tina Carman, in Paraiso de Cartago, at an elevation of 1500 meters (4900 feet).
The Good: The quality of the products and good internet speed.
The Bad: They close at 4 p.m.
Location: On Route 21, at kilometer 18.
Hours: Open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 2667-0782, www.cafe-cr-com, or look them up on Facebook as Café Cristina de Guanacaste.