Shopping in Costa Rica

Old Nov 9th, 2007, 06:41 AM
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Shopping in Costa Rica

Since we won't have time to go to Sarchi, I was wondering if we will be able to buy similar things in Arenal or Monteverde. If so - where should we go? What are the names of the markets, how do you get there,etc.

What I am interested in buying is handicrafts, wooden items, oxcart wheel (if it is small enough to put in a suitcase!), mostly home decorating type things.

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Old Nov 9th, 2007, 07:14 AM
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We did not see a lot of great shopping in Arenal; our hotel did have a small gift shop. Believe it or not, we found a good selection of gifts at the airport - the Cafe Britt stores offer a lot of the same things we saw at the local gifts shops. We ended up getting a beautiful wooden bowl there.
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When in Arenal stop into thr gift shop at the Hotel Tacotel. They had some interesting buys. It's also displyed very nicely.
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Old Nov 9th, 2007, 01:42 PM
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If anyone goes to Manuel Antonio, the Si Como No gift shop has a nice selection.
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I thought the prices at Si Como No were outrageous.

Virtually everthing you see in Sarchi and all over Costa Rica can be bought online at

http://www.simesacr.com/

I suspect most shops get their handicrafts from Simesa.
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Old Nov 9th, 2007, 08:18 PM
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We got a nice painting at Si Como No for $15. And the selection was great. Most of the gift shops we saw were pretty limited. They did have more expensive things there, but we were able to find things we liked in our price range.
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The airport shops have plenty to choose from - once you leave one Cafe Britt store you can walk about 3 minutes and come across another, they are everywhere in the airport! They may be a tad higher than others but it is convenient. There is also a place about 4 minutes from the airport behind the Garden Court and the Hampton Inn that the name excapes me....Green Frog or Green Iguana, something like that. I'd suggest if you get any coffee to get it before you get to the airport, from a market or grocery store, much cheaper.
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We thought it was kind of funny that the best gift shops we saw were in the airport - I think the one we went to was called Blue Morpho or something similar - had a big picture of a butterfly out front.
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