This private Costa Rican cooking class in Jacó lets you work closely with a chef to learn recipes and techniques unique to the region’s cuisine. Cook healthy and classic dishes like ceviche and soup alongside a published cookbook author, with the option of cooking in her home kitchen or yours for the ultimate convenience. This class culminates in a filling and delicious lunch.
Private Jacó cooking class
Learn to cook traditional Costa Rican dishes alongside a chef
Choose to cook at your kitchen or the host’s
Private tour offers individualized attention
Meeting And Pickup
Avenida Pastor Díaz
Av. Pastor Díaz, Provincia de Puntarenas, Jacó, Costa Rica
Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
5/1/2020 - 3/26/2024
Monday - Sunday : 10:30 am - 09:00 pm
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Melissa Guzman
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Learn to cook Costa Rican dishes and make friends!
Teresa_R, June 2022
We had an absolutely AMAZING time with Melissa and her husband, David. They welcomed us into their home and shared cooking, dinner, and their home and hospitality with us! We are so very grateful for the opportunity to have met them, learned to cook Costa Rican dishes, and to have lived Pura Vida for a whole week. Anyone visiting Costa Rica should go to her class!!
Book this experience now! So much fun!
Jenny_G, Dec 2021
We had so much fun with Melissa. She welcomed us into her home, which is so lovely, and into her kitchen. We chopped and prepped and learned her secrets to multiple typical Costa Rican dishes. They were DELICIOUS! We loved getting to know Melissa and her husband David. Melissa is an excellent professional cook, a wonderful conversationalist and a delightful person. We can't wait to try these recipes at home and remember our time in Costa Rica! Thank you Melissa for a wonderful experience!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thanks so much, Jenny, I really enjoyed cooking with you and your family. Gracias!
Intimate, immersive, cultural experience
Moses_W, Aug 2021
Our afternoon spent with Melissa felt like a fun lunch with a friend... who happens to be an amazing Chef. Melissa was so welcoming, patient and informative. We chatted up a storm while she coached us through preparing a beautiful spread of authentic Costa Rican food. I can't wait to try her Chimichurri recipe! The food was fresh, light and delicious. This is a great intimate experience if you are looking for an authentic cultural immersion.
Response from Host, Sept 2021
Thanks so much for the nice words. I really enjoyed having you girls in my house, it was a wonderful time. Gracias!
Try something new
znisbeth, Feb 2020
Melissa and her family were very beautiful inside and out. Her passion for sharing her culture's cuisines was palpable. The experience was laid back and intimate. Everything was easy to make and delicious.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you so much! I was great cooking with you girls. Pura Vida!