Shopping in Costa Rica is a widely variable experience. Depending upon location, you’ll find anything from typical clothing and handmade pottery to custom designed swimsuits and imported electronics. Relax with some retail therapy by adding shopping to your Costa Rica vacation.
Formerly famous as the most prominent town in Costa Rica’s banana industry, Golfito is now known for its enormous duty free shopping mall called the Deposito Libre Comercial de Golfito. Before purchasing, both residents and non-residents alike have to first apply for a money voucher, which must be applied for at least 24 hours before any shopping spree; this rule effectively propagates spending in local hotels and restaurants. Explore Golfito, Costa Rica >
Isolated Caribbean towns offer unique souvenirs like eggshell mosaics, wooden statuettes and organic jewelry made from seeds, seashells and driftwood. Local artisans set up tables along the colorful streets and display their bracelets, silks and paintings. You can feel good about buying souvenirs knowing that all proceeds go directly back into the area’s local economy. Discover Tortuguero, Costa Rica >
Hotspots like Jaco feature swimsuit and clothing designers that will make a personalized article of clothing to fit any size, taste or preference. Be sure to allow for a couple of days advanced notice, as it takes time to choose and order proper materials, take measurements and assemble your custom-made article of clothing. Visit Jaco, Costa Rica >