The most economical flight itineraries from Southeast Asia to Costa Rica require two layovers, but if you can fly out of Hong Kong or Singapore via Los Angeles, you can get to the capital, San Jose, with just one stop. from the café's own trees— which pair splendidly with the Costa Rican coffee. Laguna de Arenal; fb.com/ cafeymacadamiaarenal. Soda y Restaurante El Estero Azul This shack on the beach offers fresh cooking and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean sunsets. Have the morning's catch alongside guacamole with fresh shrimp. Playa Flamingo; mains US$6–$13. Surfbox A stylish beachadjacent breakfast and lunch spot that offers açai bowls, avocado toast and Montreal-style bagels—a nod to the owner's Québécois roots. Playa Flamingo; fb.com/surboxcr; mains US$8–$12.