Isla Cozumel Shopping

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    Silver Jewelry!

    by TravellerMel Written May 19, 2009

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    My new pin
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    What to buy: Silver is one of Mexico's natural resources, and is therefore a definite "BUY". Do not fall in love with the first piece of silver jewelry you see - but be sure to note the location of the store for when you go back - after a couple of hours and a couple of margaritas, you won't remember where you saw that special ring/pin/pendant/earrings...

    And NEVER pay the asking price. The shopkeepers aren't pushy, but they'll test your bargaining mettle. The starting price will be steep, and dragging it down may take some time. The beautiful pin I'm wearing in my photo started at $75, and ended at $30. I may have been able to get it for less, but I had to catch the cruise ship and I really wanted this piece.

    Before buying silver, examine it carefully and look for ."925" stamped on the back. This supposedly signifies that the silver is 92.5% pure, but the less expensive silver metal called "alpaca" may also bear this stamp. (Alpaca is generally stamped MEXICO or MEX, often in letters so tiny that they are hard to read and look similar to the three-digit ".925").

    What to pay: Probably 30%-60% of the original asking price, if you hang in there long enough. And bring CASH - it is much easier to negotiate with cash.

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    plenty of shops: souveniers

    by bee_tc2006 Written Jan 18, 2007

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    There are so many shops,there are too many to list and what they have to sell.
    But if you plan on doing alot of shopping, bring you an extra tote bag or something to carry home your things in,so you don't have to buy a bag there.

    What to pay: If you don't like the price on something,you can try barganing with the sellers.

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    Cubans!!!

    by donforse Updated May 31, 2006

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    There are several shops in Cozumel that offer a wide variety of authentic Cuban cigars, including Fidel Castro's favorite "Cohibas."

    What to pay: You can pay anywhere from $7 to $100 U.S. for single cigars at various places in Cozumel.

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    Bargain Hunting

    by AlexisElizabeth Written Mar 28, 2006

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    If you are looking for good bargains, you can get the best if you venture further out from the main shops right by the hotels, pier, etc. The prices are hiked up at the main tourist areas because people will pay for the convenience of not having to walk very far. There are tons of shops on side streets. Bargaining is standard, and we found people would go down to between 1/2 and 2/3 of the original price quoted on most items.

    What to buy: Standard touristy souveniers, Aztec and Inca items, sarongs, hammocks, silver jewelry.

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    Any shop or street vendor: Prices and Bargaining

    by andy3k Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    As you go from shop to shop, do not be surprised to see the same items over and over again. All this means is that you have an unlimited number of opportunities to find a better price.

    What to buy: The best items to shop for are items you can't find anywhere else. Don't waste your time buying American-looking plastic tourist shop-looking trinkets that say Cozumel on them them i.e. snowglobes, key chains, T-shirts, etc. That stuff has no meaning other than the word "Cozumel" on them.

    Instead buy handmade crafts, jewelry with locally mined stones, sun dresses in colors and patterns you've never seen in any U.S. store, Mayan calanders that fit the decorative color and style of your house, glazed pottery with art painted by the artist as you watch, etc. These are the items that really say, "I was in Cozumel, Mexico."

    What to pay: Price is negotiable. If you want to buy and run, so be it. If you enjoy the art of haggling, or are willing to visit multiple shops, then finding a good deal can be a source of entertainment. Most items and services should not be purchased without haggling/finding 25% - 50% off the typical price. Sometimes you'll get the best price by haggling, sometimes you'll find the same item in another shop for less. Following is a list of items we purchased with the original/typical price and our final cost (USD):

    Cow bone carving in the shape of a Predator head - from $65 to $35
    Pure Mexican Vanilla 250 ml - from $6 to $3
    Stone and shark tooth necklace - from $15 to $10
    Cab ride from beach to hotel - from $15 to $10
    Eight silver bracelets with stones - from $10 each to $5 each
    Two large, quality cuban cigars - from $20 each to $10 each

    I don't claim to have received the best prices. I only claim to have haggled or shopped my way to a 25% to 50% discount on everything I purchased.

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    Internet cafe: 3.5 inch floppy disk

    by Alisonchilla Written Aug 2, 2005

    You may have to go to more than one before you luck out. Who uses floppies anymore anyway? Well, I had brought an old laptop that was missing a modem driver, and the only Internet connection at the place I was staying was FREE but dialup . . .
    SOOOO had to go to a cafe, download the driver, put it on floppy, and put the floppy in my laptop. Stuff I haven't done in AGES.

    What to pay: I returned the disk and didn't pay anything. I think he was going to charge a dollar.

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    next to Mezcalito restaurant: Souvenir shop, US$2 blankets

    by JMB_FindingNeverland Written Mar 21, 2005

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    BIG BLANKETS, 2 US. Not really.

    The sign says, "BIG BLANKETS, 2 US". Yeah right !

    The sign was a good hook to pull me in the shop. I needed a blanket to put on the seat of the Volkswagen, because the "leather" cover of the seat was very hot for my bum. I thought a "souvenir" Mexican blanket would do the trick. Back home, we already have a lot of Mexican blankets, I really do not need another one. But since , I thought, it was US$2, as the sign says so, I could afford to lose it later on.

    When I came in, I was showed all sorts of blankets, with prices from US$25 up to US$95. No, I said, I just want to see the US$2 blanket.

    It was not a blanket at all. It looked like a rug for the bathroom floor. About 21 inches by 38 inches. Blanket ? Maybe for a doll. But not for a person.

    I just used our wet towel to line the seat of the convertible Volkswagen.

    What to buy: From this souvenir shop, there were Mexican blankets and some beach wear.

    This one is next to Mezcalito restaurant on the east coast of Cozumel. But there are souvenir shops with big signs of what seems to be incredible prices. Be prepared to be hooked into getting inside the store. It is a technique, of course, to get buyers inside the store.

    What to pay: Any price, supposedly from US$2 up to US$95 per item

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    Souvenir shop in the snorkeling beach of Punta Sur

    by JMB_FindingNeverland Written Mar 21, 2005

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    Souvenir shop in Parque Punta Sur's snorkeling bea

    Souvenir shops are all over the place, including the ecological reserve Parque Punta Sur.

    I found a set of blouse and skirt (batik made in Indonesia) for US$15. If I knew that I would wear that outfit back home, I would have bought it. It is more of a "resort wear".

    The vendor showed us how a conch shell is used as a "trumphet" . The conch shells costs from US$8 and up, depending on the size.

    What to buy: There are many batik sarongs. Some shells. There are also some Mayan calendars. The vendor has photo copies of the illustration of Mayan calendar and what each figure in the calendar means.

    What to pay: It is a tourist area. Expect to be given the price for a tourist.

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    Always Bargain! Never pay first price

    by JBama93 Written Jan 29, 2005

    What to pay: Even in the nicer shops, you can bargain on just about anything. Particularly in the open air type markets, bargaining is an art. If you don't like the price, just start to walk away. You won't get two steps before the price comes down!

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    various: Supermarkets

    by Dabs Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Local supermarket

    When we travel we make a point to find a local supermarket-to stock up on drinks or snacks, to get a taste of local foods and to get a glimpse into how the people live.

    David was fascinated with the giant tortilla maker which I somehow missed.

    What to buy: If you are bringing back tequila, it's cheaper here although the selection is not as vast as the tourist shops.

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  • Various: Shopping in Cozumel

    by grkboiler Written Nov 29, 2004

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    Marketplace in San Miguel

    The main shopping district in Cozumel is Avenida Rafael Melgar in San Miguel. You will find some great discounts on jewelry here, along with clothing, fragrances, crystal, and liquor.

    If coming on the cruise ships, the real gullible tourist bargain hunter won't make it out of the International Pier area. There are all kinds of souvenirs and trinkets to buy here.

    What to buy: Cozumel is Mexico's #1 port for jewelry.

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    Pro Dive: A well-stocked dive supply store

    by Quero Written Nov 16, 2004

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    What diver can resist a dive supply store? The kind of place with lots of little hooks and buckles to help you hang your stuff off your BC (not to mention new stuff to hook onto them) seems to draw divers like flowers draw bees.

    And it seems that every dive resort has a store called Pro Dive. The one in Coz is the place you want to wander around in to see if they've got any little gadget you might "need."

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    Los Cinco Soles (the five suns): If you're in the mood to buy souvenirs, go to...

    by Quero Written Nov 16, 2004

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    This is the only place you will need to stop. Although they have the ubiquitous t-shirts and beachwear available everywhere, the also carry the very best selection of authentic Mexican handicrafts available. In travel to several cities in Mexico, I found no better selection of good quality items.

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    Various: You don't have to go far

    by garridogal Updated May 21, 2004

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    Cozumel seems to be set up just for your shopping needs. As soon as you get off the boat, and walk through the large Duty Free shop, there's a shopping area just filled with souvenir, jewelry, clothing and "all things Mexican" stores and pushcarts. Oh, and bars too. You could just never leave the pier all day but let's hope you don't go and do that...

    What to buy: Souvenirs, jewelry, Tequilla....

    What to pay: As much as your little heart desires...

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    shopping is a full contact sport

    by GBishop524 Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    The market place is the main shopping area and is quite an adventure. Some not all of the vendors are energetic, aggresive and not entirely above ripping you off or helping set you up for a pick pocket and/or theft. Also be ready for an insult or two from some of the more aggressive vendors if you dont buy.
    The majority of the people are friendly and curteous. Shop around for the best deal, price change drastically.

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