Costa Rica Shopping

  • Shopping
    by BLewJay
  • Shopping
    by BLewJay
  • Shopping
    by BLewJay

Costa Rica Shopping

  • Last call for alcohol, candy & coffee

    Before our plane departed from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, we stopped at Britt Café y Chocolates as well as the Duty Free Store to pick up last minute gifts. Costa Rica is known for their coffee, so at the Britt Store, we purchased Tres Rios Valdiva Coffee, Poas Volcanic Earth Coffee & Organic Coffee, Dark Chocolate...

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  • An indigenous art shop

    When driving south from Upala along route #4, a short distance past San Rafael de Guatuso we spotted this rustic art shop “Reserva Indígena Maleku¨. As we take an interest in indigenous cultures, we walked in, got talking to guide Max and eventually stayed a night at palenque Tonjibe.Even if you do not want to stay over, you may buy a few locally...

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  • Buy T-shirts at the factory

    We got the tip from a friend living in San José: buy T-shirts and other souvenirs at the factory outlet in Escazú. With her directions we found the outlet easily. We bought several T-shirts, typical price COL3,350 (USD 7). They also sell other souvenirs like necklaces and ear-pendants from Natural Costa Rica, www.naturaldecostarica.comAddress:...

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  • For souvenirs, food, and more!

    San Jose's Mercado Central was established in 1880. Over 200 stores, stalls and restaurants are crammed in the historic market, which roughly covers one city block. There are some souvenir stores as well as small shops that sell local arts and crafts, which makes it an interesting stop for visitors, but most of the mercado's 10,000 daily clients...

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  • Meet local Artists!

    It is hard to find handicrafts in Costa Rica that are made in Costa Rica. We were delighted to stumble upon this shop right on the main square. We met Cindy and Alex - the owner/artists. They have been open since March and offer a wonderful assortment of pencil drawings, painted ceramic items, jewelry and paintings. Stop in to find a special...

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  • Shopping for glasses

    I hate to say it, but Walmart has taken over the Mas y menos and Pali chain stores. I had a very professional and high quality eye exam in the optical store of supermas (also walmart owned) for $4.00I paid $160.00 for three prescription sunglasses (one a designer brand). I kid you not. They are the best quality glasses that I have ever owned and at...

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  • Frut & vegetable stands

    All around downtown San Jose are little fruit & vegetable vendors on the sidewalks. The produce is usually better and cheaper than you can find in the markets. I buy fruit, avocados (aguacates, they are called here) and other little items for snacking in my room. Try the Costa Rican way of eating mangos -- with a little salt and lime juice...

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  • Best place to shop for handycrafts in...

    The Artisan Market is the best place to shop for handycrafts if you are in San Jose. You can bargain on the price and you can get some high quality things from here. Make sure you stop by before going to all the stores and expensive boutiques in San Jose.

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  • Buy Fresh and Tasty Fruit

    While visiting Costa Rica, you have to buy fresh fruit. They do taste so good! I still can not get over how tasty the watermelons, strawberries, pineapple, mangoes are! I can not wait to go back and buy more! I was so sorry we could not bring any fruit with us here. My backpack would have been full with fresh fruit from Costa Rica if this would...

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  • Coffee Britt Chocolates

    I read a lot about the Coffee Britt chocolates and treats and I wanted to give them a try. I have tried some of them and my favorite so far is the Guayabitas Chocolate Covered treats. I got mines from the La Fortuna super market, but you can also get them at the airport, on the duty free shops. The price varies from $6 (for the single packages) to...

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  • Handycrafts

    You can get really nice handcrafted souvenirs in Sarchi, especially if you stop by Taller Eloy Alfaro. This is the only place in the country that is making the ox carts in a traditional manner. You can see people making the ox carts, carving wood bowls and wood sculptures and painting the ox carts by hand. I got a nice wooden bowl with a lid (it's...

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  • Downtown San Jose

    There are lots of shops in downtown San Jose that sell good quality, cheap clothing. I found a lot of in-style business clothes for young women. I got whistled at a few times, but for the most part I was left alone. In-style business clothes for women. Cheap.

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  • Kids just want to spend

    we went to a open air type flea market the first day. The kids went nuts and bought tons of stuff, after a while it starts looking the same. CR is known for their wood. I bought some really nice wooden bowls and mixing spoons. 25.00 US for big bowl 4 small bowls with mixing spoon and fork

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  • Coffee

    Generally, if you are looking for coffee for gifts and personal consumption, instead of buying at the airport or souvenir shops or hotel please try a local supermarkey. Local brands and more choices at real bargains. CoffeeChocolatesCookies A few dollars, maybe 3-7$ for various brands of coffee.

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  • Mercado

    I always like to look around at markets and market areas. I´m interested to look at the local crops, products and handicrafts. So we visited one of the markets in San José. We also did some shopping for our long bustrip from San José to Managua, like fruits, bread and drinks. There was a lot of choice.Visiting this market, it was the only time...

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  • Rocking chairs

    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. A good price is between 80 and 115 USD for one chair....

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  • Sarchi Town

    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...

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  • Souvenir Depot

    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...

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  • Puerto Jimeneez

    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...

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  • Shopping mall

    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. sporting goods, men's and women's clothes,...

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  • Costa Rican Coffee

    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

    Cafe Milagro in Manuel Antonio. Freshly roasted whole-bean and ground coffee. However, you can get great Costa Rican coffee all over the place. 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. Don't remember, but it...

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  • Local salsa

    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 :-(. In a supermarket, you'll pay about 1200...

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  • Awesome Coffee

    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...

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  • Salsa

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

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  • Tortuguero

    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...

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  • Manuel Antonio

    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...

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  • Quepos

    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...

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  • Jaco Beach

    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. This is the place for a new bikini or beer...

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  • Free Travel Guides

    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...

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  • Wildlife Guides

    There's no particular shop., though there are many all over Costa Rica This is just a shopping tip to let you know there are many different laminated wildlife and floral guides that are relatively inexpensive. They're nice to carry with, as they're actually a type of fold-out card with names and brief descriptions of animals and vegetation in the...

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  • Wooden items abound

    In LaFortuna, there was plenty of shopping. Many small shopd and interesting items. Also in Sarchi, there were large shops with the general tourist items, but also some lovely handmade and handpainted items as well. San Jose had some nice artwork and ceramics Wooden items such as bowls, bread plates, etc. We were quite taken with the wooden puzzle...

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  • It's the same stuff everywhere . . . so...

    Everywhere we saw virtually the exact same items for sale, so our advice would be to wait to purchase your gifts for your last day. We are still ordering coffee through the mail from Cafe Britt -- we became that spoiled by the quality. Also their salsa sauce, Linzano, is outstanding. We're on our last bottle and I'm looking to purchase more over...

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  • Currency converter

    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!

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  • Costa Rican Rum

    When I leave a country I like to take home a bottle of the local fire water as a souvenir, a good typical Costa Rican spirit is this locally produced rum. 0.7 litres will cost you US$20.00 from a shop/supermarket but I'd advise you to get it from a duty free shop in the airport where it costs just half that.

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  • Great Coffee

    In Costa Rica, get some coffee. The coffee from Costa Rica is very high quality and if you take a private tour you can get the guide to take you to a local grocery store where you can get 1 lb of coffee for $1 US!!! Imagine I pay more than $10 US here for the same coffee!! If I ever go back I will be bringing about 20 lbs home! about 425 colones...

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  • Indian-style pottery

    The little town of Guatitil is worth a stop for Chorotega style pottery.Someone at the gift shop can tell you who is making pots the day you are there so you can see the process. Pots are sold in front of the potters houses.The best selection is near the soccer field.I was very excited to find a turtle made of pottery there.

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  • Costa Rican Coffee

    You can buy Costa Rica Coffee anywhere but we bought ours at this Coffee Plantation called Siempre Verde while on a 11 Hour Costa Rica Highlights tour. What else? Coffee!!! If you buy 4 you get to keep a nice Burlap Bag! I bought 8! I dont drink coffee but everyone at home does. Depends on what kind of coffee but its between $5.00-6.00. I noticed...

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  • I really wish I'd bought this....

    I took a picture of this because a guy that I work with - his last name is Pilson. I really wish I'd gotten it then! Pilsen is one of the two main beers in Costa Rica. I think you can buy two beers for less than $2.

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  • Monteverde Poster

    Actually, we saw this poster in many shops. Two I can remember are the SkyWalk / SkyTrek shop in Santa Elena, just beside the bus stop and Chunches Library . I fell in love with the Monteverde poster. It makes an amazing souvenir and a beautiful and colorful art piece for my living-room. Plus, it helps the Cloud Forest school. All proceeds from...

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  • shopping .............

    The town of Montezuma has some interesting shops.It is a very small town along the east coast of the bay.Our guide told some interesting facts about the town.At one point, he said this was the place that people come to hide from something, what ever it was,from owing taxes, hiding out, etc...and started to laugh saying even there spouses...If you...

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  • Inexpensive shopping

    I already described this place in my restaurant tip, but wanted to make a point about their good price and availability. Everything is possible here, from buying a guided tour, a shuttle fare, the jeep-boat-jeep ride to Fortuna, a hotel room, a phone call, a meal, arts & crafts, coffee, cigars, exchanging currency.The only thing that make you want...

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  • Hand painted t-shirt

    Upstairs Cafe Del Mar, Amy welcome us in her workshop. She's very friendly and takes the time to chat (she wanted to know how we say "hand painted" in french"!) and explain her work.She has beautiful done t-shirts and she can make you one on demand in one afternoon if you find a design in her portfolio you like better. It took me a long time to...

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  • Beautiful wood sculptures

    We found this little shop almost by accident, walking around in Quepos. Around all those touristic gift shops, this one was somewhat special, offering higher quality goods (without being a real sophisticated art gallery).They ship all over the world. They have beautiful woods, all kind of color. Really! Yellows, reds, greens, blacks and purples....

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  • Costa Rican Coffee

    I'm definitely no coffee connoisseur. In fact, I only started drinking it about a year ago. Maybe I'm not the best person to judge java quality, but I do have to say that the coffee in CR is the best I've ever tasted.My favorite place for coffee: CAFE MOKA. Store located in the Mercado Central. They will grind the fresh roasted beans right on...

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