Beat The High Cost of Fresh Fish...

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It's kind of paradoxical that we live adjacent to a fairly huge fishing village, Playas del Coco, and it is very difficult for us to buy fresh fish.  It seems that most of the fish caught here goes (first) to the restaurants and then to the supermarkets.  Once the markets get it, it's frozen immediately and then made available for sale.  If and when you do buy it... be prepared to pay out the wazoo for it.  By the way, for those who may be anatomically challenged, the wazoo is located midway between the gluteus maximus and the "taint".

So we do the next best thing, we take a road trip to where there are loads of fish... Puntarenas.  The town of Puntarenas is located about two hours south of Playa Hermosa.  Getting there is is quite easy... east to Liberia then south along the Interamerican Highway.  It's an easy drive so long as you don't get trapped behind some overloaded  18-wheeler meandering along at 10 kmh.



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Don't forget to bring your ice chest.  You'll need it to keep your fresh fish fresh (say that fast - three times) for the long drive home. 

When you arrive at the docks, park your car and hook up for one of the many fish brokers vying for your attention.  It's good to know what you want before you arrive and about how much you are willing to pay.  Everything is negotiable.  And bring cash (effictivo) - Tarjetas de credito o debito are not accepted.

Here are some typical seafood items you will find and their approximate prices per kilo.  Note... prices fluctuate daily.  Most of the fish will be fileted.  If not, simply ask them.  If you used a fish broker, a small tip (dos mil) at the end of your transaction would be well appreciated.

  • JUMBO SHRIMP (camarón, gamba) - 7,000 - 9,000 colones ($7-9/lb) depending on size

  • RED SNAPPER (pargo) - 3800 colones ($3.30/lb)

  • SEA BASS (corvina) - 3200 colones ($3.20/lb)

  • TUNA (atun) - 3000 colones ($3.00/lb)

  • MARLIN (pez aguja) - 4000 colones ($4.00/lb)

There are also muscles, clams, occasionally lobster and a bunch of other fish that look to ugly to tempt my taste buds.  My advice to you is always negotiate.  Whatever they say as a quoted price, drop it by 1000.  Who knows, you may get it!


THESE SHRIMP MEASURE ALMOST 8" FROM TAIL TO HEAD


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