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“Healthy and different”
Review of Carta Buena

Carta Buena
Ranked #2 of 6 Dessert in Rincon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $8
Cuisines: Healthy, Street Food
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Description: We serve delicious Food, Juices, Smoothies, & Coffee in our own organic gardens. We are not nutritionists, fitness gurus or a lifestyle brand. We don't sell cleanses or medicine. We just make delicious things that are also good for you. Our menu is designed around the Puerto Rican Harvest Calendar and we use what we grow in our gardens. We source our other fresh ingredients locally and organically. Our juices are made with a hydraulic cold press to maximize the benefits. This pressing action doesn't heat or oxidize the produce. The result is a nutritionally packed, live juice that is loaded with enzymes, vitamins, trace minerals & other vital elements that tastes fresh and delicious. Thanks for trying us out.
Rincon, Puerto Rico
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Healthy and different”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Different experience, beautiful place, near the beach, healthy and accessible. Highly recommended! My favorite smoothy is Kermit and Im in love with the awesome view!

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Dalykah
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Carta B, Owner at Carta Buena, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Different can be good, and we think we are doing something that's unique in Puerto Rico and really delicious. Thank you for trying our Kermit the Smoothie. Don't worry, it's "Coqui-Free" - made with mixed local greens and is our most popular beverage...Different and Delicious!
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
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“I am a pressed juice and smoothie freak from NYC and Carta Buena blew my mind!!!”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

What in the world is a place serving world class juice and smoothies doing in a Puerto Rican beach town??:-) Making us SO happy that's what! After 8 days of driving around the beautiful island of PR, and eating very, very well, we started to tire of the local cuisine and needed a break. Our surf instructor told us about Carta Buena and it made our trip. Its an adorable "juice truck" that serves Norman Walker Pressed juices (sorry for nerding out, I am a pretty serious juicer) which is the best method of pressing fresh juice to maintain all the health benefits.

The wife loved the smoothies and the Vegan Banana Bread, and I think I ordered the Kale and Sweet Potato Salad about three times in 4 days. We pretty much had breakfast and lunch here every day once we discovered it. Its about 1/2 the price as places we frequent in NYC (Juice Press, Liquiteria). The staff was lovely and friendly and were happy to tell us a lot about Carta Buena's locavore mission and the local produce.

Its on a lovely spot of land with an ocean view not far from town on the 413 Road. Rincon was a great place to end our trip, and along with the incredible sunsets, Carta Buena was one of our favorite parts of our trip. Next time we know to fly into BQN instead of San Jose. The owners are renovating the house next to Carta Buena and building a pool with ocean views as a Vacation Rental and the girl working said they had big ideas for expanding Carta Buena and some other concepts. Can't wait to see what they do.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank JRNYC360
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Carta B, Owner at Carta Buena, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Fly your Freak Flag JRNYC360!!! It was such a pleasure for us to serve you and the Mrs. during your stay. Your enthusiasm and feedback were super helpful as we rolled out new items like the amazing Kale and Avocado Salad. We have been fortunate to have other NY juicers like you come down, try us out and give us positive feedback. Thank you! And send your friends...
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Hampton, New Hampshire
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“Excellent food, service and atmosphere!”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

Absolutely delicious! Fresh, fresh food made with local produce. I highly recommend Carta Buena to everyone in Rincon. The homemade yogurt was out of this word, served with the most delicious local fruit and homemade granola. I also had one of their refreshing juices, which if I could drink on a daily basis. But only is the food great, the people working there are very friendly and helpful. Just go there asap!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank brodriguez2013
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Carta B, Owner at Carta Buena, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
We are fortunate to have a friendly and committed staff that continue to innovate our menu each week. We are so stoked that you enjoyed the "Lively Up Yourself Bowl" which is our homemade (and dairy free) coconut yoghurt with sprouted buckwheat granola and tropical fruit. It's a delicious and healthy start to your day. Come back soon.
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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“Simply Great Smoothies”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

All that rum punch and rough surf got you feeling a little under the weather? No worries, get over to Carta Buena and get yourself a super fresh and healthy smoothie. This place is right off the main road on 413 and is a no-frills stop that is absolutely worth it. We tried two of the smoothies and they were both fantastic, inexpensive and unbelievably fresh. Afraid of new things and road side carts? Understood. But. Get over it!

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Brian D
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Carta B, Owner at Carta Buena, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Thanks for your visit and the kind words about the value and quality of our products. We take equal pride in our environment, so we would love to hear how we could improve the atmosphere. Drop us a note or come back and give us your feedback. Thanks!
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Rincon, Puerto Rico
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“One of the few healthy spots in Rincon”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

If you're sick of empanadillas and rice and beans, Carta Buena is one of the few places you can find a healthy alternative. You;'re able to get a shot or boost of your favorite supplements (ginger, tumeric, etc), a juice of blended greens and a smoothie. Friendly staff and a frequent buyer punch card. A good place to visit again and again.

Visited November 2013
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1 Thank UnchartedStudio
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Carta B, Owner at Carta Buena, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
We work hard to provide innovative, healthy and delicious juices, smoothies and snacks that are a worthwhile alternative to the traditional fare found around town. Thanks for trying us out. We have a loyalty card and we reward "heavy drinking" with a free juice or smoothie on your tenth visit...so don't be strangers, ya hear!
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