Stores, Malls or Markets in Costa Rica

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    Rocking chairs

    by Helga67 Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    What to buy: A great typical souvenir to buy is without doubt the Costa Rican rocking chair. They can easily be folded, put in a box an be taken home by air. As long as you do not have too much overall weight you don't need to pay extra. We brought home two chairs put in one big box. No problem at all.

    What to pay: A good price is between 80 and 115 USD for one chair. However, there are places where you'll pay more.

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    Sarchi Town

    by lashr1999 Written Apr 23, 2006

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    The town of Sarchi is close to the Poas volcano and is about 1 hour away from San Jose. To get to it you have to pass through the neighboring town of Grecia. Many tour buses stop here after a visit to the Poas volcano. The appeal of this town is that there are many souvenir shops and furniture stores which offer handmade goods. You can find handmade painted bowls, tables, jewelry boxes, statues, crafts and paintings. In fact, in one out of the way shop we watched as a craftsman created a clay statue that could actually be played like a flute. He then played one of his creations for us. There are also shops selling the carreta or traditional oxcarts. These traditional carts were very important in the mid 19th century when they were the only means to transport coffee beans over the mountains and to the coast. Today, trucks and trains are used for transportation and the carts are used in parades and various secular and religious celebrations. They are brightly painted often with intricate designs.
    All in all I would save my souvenir shopping for this place.

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    Green Turtle Outlet: Souvenir Depot

    by BEETLE_VERTE Updated Mar 23, 2006

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    It's the last day of your trip and you want to pack up on gifts for familly and friends (a little for yourself too), head for the turtle Depot in Alajuela. A big big big store filled to the top with gifts for everyone: hats, t-shirts, jewels, paintings, sculptures, mirrors, furnitures, kitchen utensiles, cofee, candy, papers, pens, books, crafts. I could go on and on!

    What to buy: Everything, althought it could be difficult to find that unique hand-crafted never-seen-before art piece. Everything else: go crazy!

    Quality is fair, but not every items are top-of-the-line.

    What to pay: The prices are very good compare to about any other places we've been too (can't speak for Sarchi though, never been).

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    Puerto Jimeneez

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Mar 22, 2006

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    But a few shops here to gather momentos and gifts in Puerto Jimenez. A cute and of good quality store (with the most looked for attraction: conditioned air!) with friendly staff is located just on the side of the air strip. It's worth a stop to look at books, cratfs and jewel, mostly local and unique. in town, on the main road, a few little shops with the typical arts and crafts, one being located in the back of the Carolina restaurant. And an interesting art store, with great paintings and wood sculptures, located near the bank.

    It's hard to giftshop in Puerto Jimenez. You'll find hardware, kitchen utenciles, shoes or chainsaw more easily than a cute little souvenirs. A few good pieces, but the interesting one are very expensive.

    What to buy: If you can afford it, the fish wood sculpture are amazing. The painting are gorgeous. Jewel, from the cheap to the best.

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    Multiplaza: Shopping mall

    by Helga67 Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    Not too far from the Gildar hotel is a big shopping mall. By taxi it takes about 5 minutes and you will pay around 800 colones (2.15 USD).

    Next to several shops, there are a couple of banks with ATM, a foodcourt, a supermarket and a movie theatre.

    We were there on a Sunday and it was open until 6 pm.

    What to buy: sporting goods, men's and women's clothes, electronics, shoes

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    Costa Rican Coffee

    by Helga67 Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    What to buy: If you like coffee, don't go home without buying the excellent Costa Rica coffee. Most hotels have free samples in the rooms to try. You can buy the coffee in the supermarket, but if you have the opportunity to visit Cafe Britt plantation, buy the coffee in their shop. There are several flavours that you can try first.

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  • Costa Rican Coffee

    by antelope01 Written Jul 3, 2005

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    Cafe Milagro in Manuel Antonio. Freshly roasted whole-bean and ground coffee. However, you can get great Costa Rican coffee all over the place.

    What to buy: If you are a java drinker, bring some Costa Rican coffee home with you (preferably shade-grown, organic coffee so you aren't contributing to the deforestation there). It's great.

    What to pay: Don't remember, but it wasn't expensive.

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    Local salsa

    by Helga67 Written Jun 29, 2005

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    What to buy: In restaurants, you will find this vegetable salsa on every table, and that's how we discovered this, in our opinion, delicious salsa. By the end of our trip we were so hooked on it that we bought a big bottle at the supermarket to take home with us. Now I'm wondering why I only bought one bottle :-(.

    What to pay: In a supermarket, you'll pay about 1200 colones (2.5 USD) for a big bottle (700 ml)

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    Britt Coffee Plantation: Awesome Coffee

    by hotrodgirl Written Mar 27, 2005

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    I put this in the "gifts" category as opposed to the "food and drink" section because of the wonderful shop attached to the plantation. There are many different types of articles ranging from pottery, to videos and CD's, art, souveniers, textiles, clothing and more. There really is something for everyone, it's well-run, the employees are friendly and helpful, and check-out is efficient. And don't forget to take the tour, which is also an excercise in comic relief! All in all, a great place to stop and shop

    What to buy: Of course, there's the coffee. Plenty of samples abound so that it makes it easy to choose. As a former owner of a gourmet coffee business, I can well attest to the quality of the coffee here. The organic shade grown is among the best I have had. They make coffee easy to purchase with many different shipping choices, and it's quite reasonable. I intend to keep purchasing over the internet, and they will e-mail you their specials as well. However, the packages are 12 oz each. When they say they will ship 20 lbs, that includes the weight of packaging! It's still a real bargain, so shop and enjoy! Definitely and A Plus in my book!

    What to pay: At the shop, 89.00 to send 20 lbs to the states. Over the internet, 119.00-still a great price. Sometimes on sale for 109.00. There are various "outlets" as I understand, and their prices are a bit more.

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    Grocery Store: Salsa

    by kyoub Written Mar 26, 2005

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    In Costa Rica, Salsa Lizano is used on just
    about everything! And once you've tried it, you just can't get enough of
    it.
    You will find it much cheaper at the grocery stores than you do at the airport shops.

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    Tortuguero

    by BEETLE_VERTE Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Suprisingly, there are a lot of gift shop in Tortuguero. Being such a secluded and small village, it suprised me to find 4 or 5 well furnished stores. It's not the place to find good bargain. Or that special unique local pieces. But a few unique find could be worth a detour if you're not on a boat touring the park or fishing or walking the beach or climbing the mountain or... My point: do the shopping somewhere else and enjoy your stay here.

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    Manuel Antonio

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Mar 8, 2005

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    This little paradisiac city seems to exists only to enriched the visit to the national park. Little restaurants and cafe, street vendors, colors and sounds of the pacific coast.

    Aside from getting water bottles, juices and fruits from street vendors, you can also get (and for a really good price) nice handcrafts, arts, souvenirs and pareo. if you see something you like, get it.

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    Quepos

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Mar 8, 2005

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    Over in Quepos, gift shops are everywhere. Well organised, well furnished, they proposed a great variety of quality and prices over a good choices of items. Woodcraft, papers, music, kitchen utensiles, jewelry, postcards, sculptures...

    The city size allows a great deal of various shops too, from library and hardware store to fishing supply and pharmacy.

    What to pay: With some stores, you get real good price over souvenirs and craft. Others specialized in quality and rareness.

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    Jaco Beach

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Mar 8, 2005

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    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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    Many: Free Travel Guides

    by hotrodgirl Updated Mar 7, 2005

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    Again, not exactly a "shopping tip". but I didn't know where to place this. Many of the shops have a free Tourist Guide boooklet that lists motels, restaurants, nightlife, stores, etc. by area. It's spiral bound, and nice to have with you. It also has some useful maps.It's about 150 pages of useful information and ads, and can be of some help.

    What to pay: FREE!

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