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Things to do in San Gerardo de Rivas

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Store
“No visit to Canaan is complete without stopping by the local cheese maker. Katia and Edgar live right there, tend to their grass fed cows and make some of the most delicious healthy organic cheese you will have in Costa Rica. The specialty is all ages of Swiss cheese, but Katia has expanded her knowledge and is making Mozzarella, Goat cheese, both Cow and goat yogurt, grass fed butter, parmesan and more. Not only is the cheese delicious, but a visit with this beautiful family is something you will still be talking about when you get home (and she will pack up cheese to take back which is good to go with customs.) They also do tours of their farm, and cheesemaking demos.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pub
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“ It is a very nice place, it has a variety of dishes, it has wifi, the attention is first class and the price is accessible for all people”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Do not worry...'Roca Dura' (Hard Rock) is not part of the chain! It is a cosy maintain bar/restaurant that has the best fish and chips (grilled trout and French fries) in the area. It also has an old jukebox, which will take you back in time!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Just a 5 minute stroll up the road in the village of Canaan. Book a chocolate workshop and make your own bar of delicious organic chocolate from fresh cocoa beans or simply pass by for a cup of hot chocolate o0r to buy some delicious bonbons!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature
“Aguas Termales Gevi in Herradura, about 2 k up the road is a lovely way to start or end the day. The springs are warm, not super hot, but it's a great place to relax and hang out in the warm water...especially if it's rainy. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lodging
“Aguas Termales Gevi is a place to enjoy as a family has several pools of thermal water or hot water the place is very nice to relax.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“One of our favourite tours in the area. Visit the botanical gardens with a variety of native plants and fish. Then enjoy a typical Costa Rican 'Casado' lunch of rice and beans, salad, picadillo and your choice of meat, chicken, fish or vegetarian.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a typical and authentic Costa Rican experience that you simply shouldn't miss. Unfortunately, the restaurant is only open at the weekend, unless you book a group beforehand. Catch your own trout and they will cook it for you one of two ways. The traditional way is whole and tossed in season flour and deep fried until it is very crispy. Otherwise, they will fillet the trout and fry it on the 'plancha'. Served with French fires, salad and a fresh fruit juice. This is great value for money, delicious and lots of fun!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“It is a nice place to go for a few beers or spend a nice time with their karaoke and live music”
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“It is a place with many attractions, lots of nature, incredible views, hiking trails, waterfalls, forests, birds and exotic animals. Personally I offer guided tours in this area through magical places where you can come into direct contact with nature.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“Its owner Mr. Ulises Arias is a very kind person in his store you can find the vast majority of basic products that a person needs for their food, personal hygiene and etc.”
  • 1 local recommends
Mountain
“Beautiful hiking trails, waterfalls, guided tours, birdwatching and a fantastic restaurant, just a 10 minute drive up the road.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Do not worry...'Roca Dura' (Hard Rock) is not part of the chain! It is a cosy maintain bar/restaurant that has the best fish and chips (grilled trout and French fries) in the area. It also has an old jukebox, which will take you back in time!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a typical and authentic Costa Rican experience that you simply shouldn't miss. Unfortunately, the restaurant is only open at the weekend, unless you book a group beforehand. Catch your own trout and they will cook it for you one of two ways. The traditional way is whole and tossed in season flour and deep fried until it is very crispy. Otherwise, they will fillet the trout and fry it on the 'plancha'. Served with French fires, salad and a fresh fruit juice. This is great value for money, delicious and lots of fun!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“It is a nice place to go for a few beers or spend a nice time with their karaoke and live music”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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