Costa Rica – Tales of the Guaro

Costa Rica– Tales of the Guaro

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Every nation has a distinct beverage it claims as its own.
In Costa Rica, the beverage of option is Guaro.


There is a particular nationwide pride connected with declaring a liquor. Think about Mexico and tequila instantly enters your mind. Vodka, of course, opts for Russia. Check out Greece and an ouzo headache can’t be far behind. Aquavit in Sweden will absolutely turn your head … and stomach. Costa Rica, naturally, couldn’t lose out on the fun.


Depending upon which bartender you speak with, Guaro is either a mind removing alcohol beverage or an energy beverage with a little kick. Guaro is the national beverage of Costa Rica. In spite of checking out Costa Rica on several celebrations, I have never ever attempted. And for excellent reason.

The Guinea Pig

Ten people were hanging out in the beach town of Carrillo simply taking in the night after another day in the sun. Carrillo is a great town for fishing and a couple of epic browse spots are nearby. It resembles Tamarindo, but without the frustrating ex-pat impact. Sadly, Carrillo is incredibly tame in the evening. Put another way, there is truly nothing to do.

A bit bored, the 10 people had actually gathered in a café overlooking the ocean. Tables and chairs had been pushed together and we had actually reached the point in the evening where we were telling lies about how great we utilized to be. The bartender/owner approached our table and recommended we hadn’t experience Costa Rica up until we had tested Guaro. One of our merry band was picked.

Known humorously as Mexico Mike, our guinea pig was experienced in the methods of Mexican Tequila. Mexico was from another location close to Costa Rica, so the beverages were probably comparable. Certainly, Mexico Mike was the male for the job.

The shot glass came. Jokes were made. Mike through it back. A little grimace, a lime, slaps on the back and basic laughter. Simply as we began egging each other on to be the next individual to experience Costa Rica, a funny thing took place.

Mexico Mike was ending up being Pink Mike. Laughter stopped and issue spread throughout the table like the rash developing on his arms. We were most likely 3 hours from a health center and the term “pink eye” was handling a much bigger meaning. His skin was turning pink! You might really see it moving down his arms and throughout his chest. His sweetheart, Stuart, was not pleased!

It needs to be an odd sensation to sit there and see your skin change colors. Mike was splitting jokes as is his nature, however there was a guaranteed stress to his laugh. Fortunately, the response quickly slowed and pulled away. Within 20 minutes, he was good as new and we had a brand-new story to inform.

We generally passed on additional offers of Guaro. A traveler has to understand his/her limitations!

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