This is a small town in Costa Rica, not too many tourist so it is still interesting to visit. There are many different stores in this town to choose from.
What to buy: There is a lot of different thing you can buy in these stores. From hammocks to small souvenirs.
What to pay: The prices differ for the type of souvenir you buy. When buying things from the local stores be prepared to barder because it is very possible that you will get what you want for a lower price then they will first tell you.Related to:
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Kaltak Artesans: Shopping in CR
This is a small shop we stopped at in a town called Flamingo during our road trip across the country.
While this store has some very nice products, shopping is somewhat dissappointing in Costa Rica. Most shops sell the same things, and prices are not as reasonable as you'd think, given the general economy of the country.Related to:
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Arenal and Highlights Tour: Avoid the gift shops on guided tours
Gift shops with a lot of local crafts in the small city of Sarchi. Majority of the stuff here is local crafts but there is also a lot of the typical touristy stuff you'll find throughout Costa Rica (Cuban Cigars, T-Shirts, Coffee, etc)
What to buy: If you're going to buy something, some of the crafts at the store from the local area are the ones to give a chance.
Don't buy coffee or any of that stuff from these shops, the best place to buy that stuff is at a grocery store, there is one in the city of San Jose on the mall strip.
What to pay: A little bit less than what you would pay in the states. These shops know how much their stuff costs is the states and they price accordinglyRelated to:
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banana & coffee paper...
in San José if you go to the Central Market don't stop into the external ring full of shops for tourist, the inner rings you can find local craft at local prices ;-)...
in Santa Elena (which is like to say Monteverde) if you reach the paved street , when it turns left, on the right there is a general store where among the everyday stuff, you can find ideas for presents at such a low price compared to souvenirs shops...
at Tamarindo my best liked shop was Galeria Paseo de las Estrellas on the main street...
What to buy: Speaking of small presents to bring back, what I found more typical were stuff made of banana or coffee paper and the most unusual were feathers which local artists had painted with images of tropical animals or lanscapes.
Then there are lots of wooden object from the most common souvenirs to nice little drawers (those to put on desktops) carved into a piece of tree trunk or big branch.
In the seaside places you can find little jewelry and other stuff made of shells and of course you can buy cigars made with the local tobacco.
As a snack try the dried bananas which are like chips.
a note: remember that if you buy already peeled and sliced fruit at a stall or by a pedlar, the white stuff which comes with is not sugar but salt ;-)Related to:
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Around Sarchi look for signs "Muebles y Souvenirs": Sarchi is Costa Rica's Souvenir Town
Anything with the name Coats Rica written on it can be bought at the shops in Sarchi. From rooms of tee-shirts to hand-painted ox-carts, these shops have all the junk you can imagine. The prices are the better than the prices in San Jose. There are tons of handcrafts and cheap Costa Rica memorabilia.
What to buy: Anything from Tee-Shirts to the famous Sarchi hand-made and hand-painted ox-carts.
What to pay: Everything has set prices, so you can't bargin.
When we were there (2004), 1$ US was worth between 421 and 423 colones. They adjust it every day in most touristic places. It's going to be closer to 480 this year (2005).
Bring your calculator!Related to:
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Buy souvenirs in Sarchi
Buy souvenirs in Sarchi if you get there.
Prices are the same wherever you go but in other towns selections are smaller and most sales people don't want to negotiate the price.Related to:
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mercdo centrale: buy strang thing
This is a very big mercado where you can buy almost every thing, food, shoes, arts etc Located in middle of the town of San José
What to buy: Almost every thing you want
What to pay: it is very cheap
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