The super mercado (super market) in Montezuma has pretty much everything you would expect to find in a grocery store. Cold beer, liquor, bread, bug spray, and whatever else you might need
What to buy: Grab a 6 pack of cold Imperial or Pilsen for a day at the beach!
What to pay: I expected the prices to be higher since Montezuma is a bit remote but found that everything was prices pretty average compared to the supermarkets in the bigger cities.
Address: On the main street when you come into town
- Jungle and Rain Forest
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Cobano is in the hills above Montezuma. It contains a number of markets, bakeries, fruit/vegetable market, and Banco Nacionales. I think the dusty 20-minute drive up from Montezuma is worth it.
The vegetable market has a wide selection of vegetables and fruits. Cash only. The women who run it are lovely, and if you can cook in your lodging, this is the way to go!
The Super Maya market has a wide variety of food and drink, including local cheeses. Credit cards are accepted. Prices are lower than Montezuma.
The bank ATM is connected to the NYCE system, which is convenient if you don't want a credit card advance and are from the US.
There are a couple of other shops. Two gas stations. This is where the locals go. It is not touristy.
What to buy: Fresh vegetables, affordable groceries, colones (from ATM)
What to pay: Cheaper than Montezuma
You may notice that around 9 am the dreadlocked locals prepare their tables for a hard day at work selling jewelrys and other knick knacks. You may find a lot of these interesting and faily cheap. Have a look at each of their tables, they are much less imposing then shopkeepers