There are some young people all over the world with imagination and talent in their hands who have picked a unique life style. It doesn't give them any stability, they can't have luxuries, they don't even know if they will be able to afford their tomorrow's food. But on the other hand it gives them a precious sense of freedom and the chance to enjoy traveling around, getting together with people from different cultures and way of thinking, and getting their life in their own hands very early. They are the street vendors. I have talked and made friends with a lot of them. Most are very wise for their young age. They are open minded and friendly, they are open hearted and tend to ignore immaterial details in life. In Montanita you 'll find many of them coming from all over South America mostly, who are making and selling their hand made jewels or other decorative objects in the streets, sometimes little pieces of art. I am sure everybody has bought at least one of them, so practical for travelers and also very good gifts. And every time I stopped to talk to them I left with a warm smile....
Bunch of talbes and stalls to do shopping: Shopping Everywhere....
We bought some henna jewelry, necklaces, braclets, and rings for about $1 each. Alexis forgot her bikini so I had to buy her one in Montanita. I found one for $9.
What to pay: The cost of things here is so cheap that I guess you can bargain if you want to but I didnt. I was more than satisfied with the prices I was quoted which were ridiculously cheap to begin with.