Costa Rica Shopping

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Costa Rica Shopping

  • Coffee, Chocolate, Souveniers

    San José Shopping

    There is jewelry inspired by pre-Columbian art; hand-made arts and crafts by artists of Costa Rica's indigenous regions, numismatic products and diverse didactic materials. All Museum Gift Shop products are of the highest quality and are guaranteed by the Costa Rican Central Bank Museums Foundation. We bought coffee.

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  • Pastor Diaz - Main Street

    Jacó Shopping

    This shop seems to try hard to find unique items. Besides the wonder art (original and prints in a variety of mediums) it has Costa Rican made jewelry from many different artists. As well as indigenous masks & hand-woven purses from the Boruca Indians. Beautiful Costa Rican Leather wallets, purses and bags, hand made soaps and amazing wood bowls...

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  • Manuel Antonio Gifts

    Quepos Shopping

    Of course we had to buy the obligitory Pura Vida and Imperial Beer t-shirts. They range from $5.00 to $8.00 at the stands around Manuel Antonio (depending how much you want to haggle). The only reason I'm pointing this out is the exact same shirts were $24.00 at the airport.

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  • Cooper Mays Pottery

    Tamarindo Shopping

    Visit the studio and gallery of porcelain potter, Martha Cooper Mays. Located on Playa Junquillal, next to Hotel Iguanazul, producing functional tableware and home decorating items. All are made on the potter's wheel, each is unique, "one of a kind" and all related in brilliant colors a flowing hand painted theme. All made from durable, chip...

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  • Folk Art and Souvenirs

    Tortuguero Shopping

    This was a shop at the landing where the boats left for the tours. They had a nice selection, but it was a problem if you did not have cash and they would not ship anything. You had to take everything back with you and pack it home in your luggage. When I was in Costa Rica before, I bought a lot of native craft items, so that was what I looked for...

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  • Gifts

    Fortuna Shopping

    Green Tree Souvenirs is another small shop in the center of La Fortuna near the Central Park. It has a very limited selection of souvenirs and really nothing original or different compared to any other store. The staff were not very friendly either. There are much better selections in town along the same strip of route 142. Souvenirs.

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  • LiberEco

    Sámara Shopping

    This shop is new from my last visit a year ago. It is a small shop that specializes in locally crafted jewelry. Much of the items would be described as shabby chic but there is a variety jewelry from necklaces to bracelets. They also have nice leather handbags. Items here are very expensive. I definitely had sticker shock while looking for a gift....

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  • Souvenir Mariposa

    Arenal Shopping

    I have stopped in this store each time I drive through Nuevo Arenal. I have seen and purchased items I never saw in other souvenir shops, so it is worth stopping in. They have a range of typical souvenirs as well as excellent woodwork bowls and art in the back of the shop. They also have some clothing. The staff speak little English but they are...

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  • Handicrafts

    Sarchí Shopping

    Sarchi is where a lot of artists work who produce the crafts for the Costa Rican tourist market. Most of the time the prices are less than the same item in San Jose stores. Artesanías is a large warehouse-like store selling crafts of all kinds, operated by a Crafstmen's cooperative. (on the edge of Sarchí Norte, along the road to Naranjo and next...

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  • La Luna

    Nosara Shopping

    La Luna restaurant has a small shop just off the entrance tot he main dining area. The shop is small but has some nice high class souvenirs and clothing geared more towards women. They have some very nice tee-shirts, the same that the wait staff wear. They come in black, gray and white. I actually bought one for myself. A nice place to stop in...

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  • Aladdin

    Manuel Antonio Village Shopping

    We didn't shop here, but this place was in several of my photos. It was between the Buru Restaurant and the Inn on the Park - so right in the center of town. Their sign says that they are a "Unique Eco Boutique". They appear to have bags, hats and clothing

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  • Guyatil

    Provincia de Guanacaste Shopping

    Basically a large open tent, this shop is the first large shop on the right as you enter town from Santa Cruz. In the back you can watch every stage of the potting from forming the pot to firing the pot to painting it. There are some fun ocarinas shaped like animals that make a cool flute sound when you blow into them -- great gift for kids!

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  • Souvenirs

    Costa Rica Shopping

    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.com Address:...

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  • Pulperia or Mini Mart

    Carate Shopping

    The town of Carate consists of a dirt air strip, a couple tent camps / lodges and a pulperia. The Pulperia is the heart of town. For those that don’t know (because I had never heard the term before I got to Costa Rica) “pulperia” is a little neighborhood “mini-mart”. They sell snacks, sodas, water, beer, etc. It’s also the location where the...

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  • Goodlight Books

    Provincia de Alajuela Shopping

    This is a great used book shop with a wide variety of books in English, Spanish, and other languages. The majority of the books are in English and they also have a number of travel/tourist books on Costa Rica. Clea, the bizarre mannequin, welcomes visitors to the shop. You can find her in various places around the store at different times. A more...

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  • Roadside Stands

    Santa Teresa Shopping

    There's maybe 2 grocery stores, but check your change before you leave. Along the road you can buy all kinds of handmade trinkets - necklaces, bracelets, pipes, things like that. Some of it's good, some of it's junk. Don't go looking for a mall, you ain't gonna find it.

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  • Local Crafts

    San José Shopping

    We walked around the Central Market, and went into an arcade ( Art. La Carrsona Tipica) with a lot of little shops to get souveniers. We looked around and priced things (it took a long time to figure out how to ask for a nativity scene), and went back at the end of our trip to get gifts for people that we hadn't gotten anything for and also some...

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  • Bambu Souvenirs

    Jacó Shopping

    I really liked this shop for its unique souvenir gifts but more importantly for the art gallery in the back of the store. They have some beautiful paintings done by local arts that capture the beauty of the Costa Rica coast. Some of the art is worthy of contemplation like the tree growing out of the water. If you look closely at the back ground,...

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  • T-Shirt Workshop over Cafe Del Mar

    Quepos Shopping

    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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  • Supermercado

    Tamarindo Shopping

    Your choices are limited in Tamarindo. There are three small grocery stores. Our favorite was the southern most store in Playa Langosta about 1/4 mile from our B&B. It is owned by an Italian family and their selection of wine was surprising. This market also offered the freshest meats of the three. Prices are comparable to the US

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  • Supermarket

    Fortuna Shopping

    This market is just outside the center of La Fortuna. It is one of the largest in town. Prices are good because locals shop here. Parking is a bit of an issue with a few spots off the road but people often block in cars as they run in for a purchase. Food, wine, beer and other household supplies can be purchased here. Hours: Everyday 7:00am to...

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  • Super Samara

    Sámara Shopping

    This is a local super market that has everything you can possibly need. I like to support the local store in stead of the chain super market which is also in town. We always purchase our water here because as a rule I don't like to drink local water from tap, just to be safe. Hours of operation, open 7 days a week, 7:30am to 10pm. Inexpensive...

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  • Food & Drink

    Costa Rica Shopping

    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, %

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  • Outdoor Markets

    San José Shopping

    the shops are very quaint but be aware that the keeper know very well how to overcome the tourist with their crafts. I mean their crafty ideas. Sure, you can dicker the price and come up with deals but they can still scam you..

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  • Morpho Souvenir

    Jacó Shopping

    Morpho Souvenir is by far the largest souvenir store in Jaco. You cannot miss the large blue Morpho sign as you walk or drive down Ave. Pastor Diaz. The shop is about the size of four avenue shops long and is very brightly lit compared to other souvenir shops here. If you cannot find a souvenir or gift here, you will not find one anywhere....

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  • Quepos Gifts

    Quepos Shopping

    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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  • Street Vendors

    Tamarindo Shopping

    shopping?.. absolutely not a problem, just walk on the main street and you can find from the local craft to the silliest souvenir... and my best liked was the Galeria Paseo de las Estrellas, a big tent protecting the stalls and a nice, very patient lady who dusted any of my choice before inserting it in a white envelope protecting it with a piece...

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  • Cocotales

    Sámara Shopping

    This is a shop with great locally made jewelry and crafts. It is on the highest end of cost, so be prepared for the sticker shock. Nice necklaces featuring local rocks and shells. You would think that would drive the cost down, but not so. They also have a large assortment of local fragrances and oils. I could not afford to buy a gift here....

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  • Sarchi

    Costa Rica Shopping

    We stopped in Sarchi and bought quite a few souvenirs for relatives. Then later we went to the local craft arcade in San Jose to finish up the shopping. Although the merchants there in 1996 were quite unaccustomed to shipping, I would not buy anything unless they agreed to ship it. Most of the things I bought were not fragile, which was fortunate...

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  • Avenida Central

    San José Shopping

    Located in the Centro Empresarial Forum, it is the place for shopping. You can find anything of the highest quality in there, from goods (like clothes, sport outfits, jewelry, groceries, souvenirs) to services (beauty saloons, restaurants, cinemas, etc.). Their prices range from less expensive than average to really expensive, but that depends on...

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  • Beach House

    Jacó Shopping

    This is a rather new store, at least new from my visit last January 2015. It is small but nicely decorated. They have a wide variety of clothing, bathing suits, tee-shirts and souvenirs. The clothing is definitely geared more towards women. They have a small collection of wood bowls and hand woven bracelets. clothing, bathing suits and souvenirs.

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  • Galaria Yara

    Quepos Shopping

    This place caught our eye. Paintings, jewelry, purses and scarves for sale. Very colorful and reasonable prices. I prefer to buy these type of items as souvenirs rather than the kitschy key chains or shot glasses most tourists buy for their family an friends. I actually prefer to buy edible items as souvenirs if I can.

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  • No Name

    Sámara Shopping

    This shop is interesting and has some unique items inside. It is nicely decorated and very clean, new products. The theme seems to be more African Art based than Costa Rica or Latin based. I asked the only staff member want the name of the store is. She thought about it for a minute and started to laugh saying she does not know! It is possible...

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  • Local Crafts

    Costa Rica Shopping

    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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  • Mercado Central

    San José Shopping

    Established in 1881, this hall has an entrance at each corner of the block. Essentially, the market contains street vendors that have moved indoors so that you can browse more leisurely if it rains. As with all markets, watch your valuables at all times. Other markets nearby are the Borbón, a block north, at Avenidas 3-5 - Calle 8, and the...

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  • Groceries

    Jacó Shopping

    This is a chain grocery store that is all over Costa Rica. It's their answer to Walmart. It has a good meat and fish counter and bakery too. You can but sunscreen and sandels here too!! It's open every day and evening. ...and they deliver!!

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  • Mot Mot Gallery

    Quepos Shopping

    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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  • Pali Market

    Sámara Shopping

    Pali is a large warehouse style supermarket that has everything you could possible need for cooking and household needs. The shelves are completely stocked with canned goods and dry goods. The fruit and vegetable area is surprisingly small as well as the butcher area. It seems most locals shop here. Food and drinks Average cost compared with...

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  • Mercado Market

    Costa Rica Shopping

    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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  • Jade

    San José Shopping

    On our last morning, we decided to take advantage of a free trip into town from the Hampton Inn, in return for visiting a jade shop. They gave us a very interesting tour, and then afterwards picked us up and took us back to the hotel. This organization, if it still exists, has no presence on the internet I bought a jade fish for my SIL and paid...

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  • Alquimia Souvenir

    Jacó Shopping

    Through all the shops I visited in Jaco, I didn't anything quite like what Alquimia Souvenir has. Hanging in front of the shop is several very colorfully painted bull skulls but what really caught my eye was the painted shark hanging from the ceiling. It is small but interesting. They have some very nice souvenirs here, some unique to this shop and...

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  • Souvenir La Peruanita

    Sámara Shopping

    This is one of the most cluttered souvenir shops I've ever been in. There is so much stuff that it blocks out the lighting inside. However, if you have the time to rummage through the stacks and piles of items, you will definitely find something unique. Most of the souvenir vendors carry similar, if not, the same items. This place has that but also...

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  • Coffee

    Costa Rica Shopping

    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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  • The Costa Rica Coffee Experience

    Jacó Shopping

    The shop is really known the the large "Fruity Monkey Poop" sign. I actually thought that was the name of the store but it is not. The Costa Rica Coffee Experience is the name and they specialize in Costa Rican crafts from local artist. They also serve a variety of coffee, usually about 3 or 4 brews which you can sample before you buy. They also...

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  • Souvenir Pura Vida

    Sámara Shopping

    This shop is named after the Costa Rican phrase "Pura Vida" meaning Pure Life. This is a nice shop with a lot of variety. It is packed with shirts, mugs and items related to the ocean as well as the rain forest. The staff are helpful and speak more English than other shops I've been in. Souvenirs. Average prices to slightly higher than what you...

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