Tico Pod Art House & Gifts: Fun, Cool, Quality Costa Rican Art Shop & Souvenir
This shop seems to try hard to find unique items. Besides the wonder art (original and prints in a variety of mediums) it has Costa Rican made jewelry from many different artists. As well as indigenous masks & hand-woven purses from the Boruca Indians.
Beautiful Costa Rican Leather wallets, purses and bags, hand made soaps and amazing wood bowls fill this small shop. Really great staff - friendly and willing to help.
It is new in Jaco (Jan 2013) so to find it, look across the street from Mandarina Juice Bar.
What to buy: Wood Bowls made from Tree Roots (no trees cut down!)
Boruca Indian Masks and carvings
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The Costa Rica Coffee Experience: A real experience!
A great place to buy coffee. They sell coffees but let you try the different blends so you can take your favorite beans home. And Costa Rican Coffee is sooo good.
They also have locally grown cashews. Free samples again - try the salt & lime.
Costa Rican Licorice was a hit with the people in the office. Glad I bought 3 bags.
The organic vanilla powder was a great gift and the cinnamon bark is worth going back for.
Incredible wood sculptures and bowls made from trees roots along with a million other very unique and cool souvenirs of your trip. Yes I bought a lot at this store. There were only a couple stores that seemed to have unique items and I certainly recommend this one.
The staff are knowledgeable and super friendly.
What to buy: Organic Vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and other spices.
Costa Rica Licorice
Fruity Monkey Poop!
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
Hand made lotions and cosmetics.
What to pay: Coffee is about 40% cheaper than the organic fair trade stuff I buy at home. And very fresh.
Prices vary a lot, and some places are clearly a rip-off.
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Mas y menos: Groceries etc
This is a chain grocery store that is all over Costa Rica. It's their answer to Walmart. It has a good meat and fish counter and bakery too. You can but sunscreen and sandels here too!! It's open every day and evening. ...and they deliver!!
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On the street: The best buys
The jugs made in Nicaragua are wonderful . They are really unique in color and shape. I love them . The are sold on every street corner.
You don't see as many of them in other areas of Costa Rica
What to pay: They cost between $4.00 and $12.00 each depending on the size.
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Mas O Menos: Food shopping
This is a supermarket. It's on the main street in the beginning of Jaco. They have everything...we would buy our guara and fresca here (the local drink). So drinks, snacks are good to buy here...or also aloe, suntan lotion, etc.
Pastor Diaz, the main street crossing through the city of Jaco, abounds in little shops. With regards to the surfer spirit of the city, you'll easilly find: hats, swimsuit, surf equipment, flip-flop, little memorabilia. With some shopping around, you'll also find woodcraft, local arts and painting.
What to buy: This is the place for a new bikini or beer hat.
What to pay: Average. No real deal, but no obvious overcharge either.
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Guacamole: fun clothes to bring home
The clothes are great! Have a look and see for yourself. The owner works in the Laurentian mountains in Canada during the summer and in Jaco beach during the winter. I'm not sure who creates and sews the designs. They do a good job
What to pay: $90 for a dress.
Avenida Pastor Diaz: Jaco Shopping
Shooping in Jaco pratically resumes on Avenida Pastor Diaz (Pastor Diaz Ave). Well, I can certainly say that this is main street in Jaco. To shopp you just have to go up and down on this Avenue.
What to buy: Buy typical stuff, as most of the stores charges in dollar. Some stores give you 10% when you spend over certain amount. But you have to ask for...
Wood gifts, t-shirts, hammock...
What to pay: Sometimes the same T-shirt next door can be 1000 colones less. But you have to shop if you want to save some money or if you are in a budget.
Main street Jaco: Prices are set.....
The majority of the shops in Jaco are geared towards the tourist and they sell just about the same stuff.
We tried to haggle the price down quite a few times with no luck unless you buy in quanity. I imagine if you worked on it for a while, you could get the merchants to drop the price by a dollar or two. But, is it really worth it?
What to buy: Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee. Try to avoid buying coffee at any of the tourist shops. Venture into the local grocery store and see the price difference for you self.
A 1 pound bag of coffee might sell for $8 on the street, but in the grocery store you will probably find it for about $2.
What to pay: A couple would do fine with between $50-$75 a day (including meals).
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