Manzanillo Beach

Traveling is all about exploring, discovering & living.

This is something I (and I’m sure you) have grown accustomed to while on the road.  But one of the best things that I like to discover amongst all things is food!  Especially a red snapper eye – but more on that in a bit. 

Whether it be the Cow Stomach Stew I ate in Puerto Rico or the delicious Loco Moco I scarfed down in Hawaii, the variety of food seems to always be the most pleasant surprises I can find.  Well, while I was in Costa Rica, this didn’t change a bit…

After spending nearly 4 hours exploring the rainforest of Manzanillo hiking over rotten bridges, avoiding venomous snakes & dodging killer wasps, my buddy Trevor and I made it out (in one piece!) to the beautiful and tranquil beaches Costa Rica is so famous for.  

Obviously famished, we said our goodbyes to Omar (the tour guide we hired for the day) and began the small trek back to town where we anxiously looked for a bite to eat.  Always a big fan of small establishments, we wandered into a small shop where I happily ordered a Red Snapper fish completely whole…and boy was it delicious!  

Red Snapper

Whole Snapper with a side of Rice, Vegetables & Salad I ate in Manzanillo.

Eating Red Snapper Eye In Costa Rica

From my experience, Costa Rica has some of the best seafood I’ve ever tried!  The red snapper fish, full of mouth watering flavor was a delight to eat.  I had never tried an entire red snapper fish before, only the fillets so it was a bit weird at first watching him glare at you from the dinner plate…but don’t worry, it didn’t take long for me to adapt.  

After eating the fillets themselves, I carefully pulled out the meat surrounding the skull and cheeks which homed an even more intense flavor than the rest of the red snapper fish!  Hell, I even gathered the courage to try out one of the eyes!  Odd right? 

Although this red snapper eye didn’t quite catch my fancy, I had no problem eating the rest of the plate.  The rice and vegetables complemented the main course perfectly and with a cool beer to wash it down…this was by far one of the best meals I had while visiting this beautiful and magnificent country!  

What’s the oddest food you’ve ever tried? Was it red snapper fish? Or possibly red snapper eye?