Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula

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  • 1. Arte Guay

    This is the place to find the largest selection of local crafts and every imaginable souvenir, plus beachwear and sun hats. ...

    This is the place to find the largest selection of local crafts and every imaginable souvenir, plus beachwear and sun hats.

    Just past Café de Paris on road to Playa Guiones, right-hand side, Nosara, Guanacaste, 50206, Costa Rica
  • 2. Azul Profundo Boutique

    The theme of this Tamarindo boutique is “Don’t worry, be hippy,” with a collection of upscale beachwear and jewelry ranging from tie-dyed sundresses and OM...

    The theme of this Tamarindo boutique is “Don’t worry, be hippy,” with a collection of upscale beachwear and jewelry ranging from tie-dyed sundresses and OM pendants to pura vida earrings and wool belts. They also have beach bags, hats, and bikinis. Here you can find nicer clothes for men and women; head next door to Azul Profundo Kids for the little ones.

    Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    2653–0395
  • 3. Buena Nena

    If you've bought too many souvenirs on your trip, stop in this funky boutique to pick up one of their handmade bags—they have a glorious...

    If you've bought too many souvenirs on your trip, stop in this funky boutique to pick up one of their handmade bags—they have a glorious selection of cool patterns and sizes. If you haven't bought enough souvenirs, stop in to pick something out from their selection of well-made dresses, hats, and jewelry.

    Store #1 Hotel Zullymar, Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    2653–1991
  • 4. CoCo Tales

    Delicate coconut carvings and sophisticated, one-of-a-kind jewelry made with polished amber, turquoise, and orange spondylus shells are the specialty of Carlos, a skilled local artisan....

    Delicate coconut carvings and sophisticated, one-of-a-kind jewelry made with polished amber, turquoise, and orange spondylus shells are the specialty of Carlos, a skilled local artisan. You'll find him in his workshop, 9 to 7:30 daily, on Sámara's main street into town. Carlos and his wife, Simon, also make lovely papier-mâché globe lamps, along with a range of coconut-oil soaps and lotions.

    Main street into town, Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    8807–7056
  • 5. Coconut Harry's Surf Shop

    Along with surfing wear and gear, this jam-packed shop has an interesting selection of jewelry and bottled hot sauces that will spice up the local...

    Along with surfing wear and gear, this jam-packed shop has an interesting selection of jewelry and bottled hot sauces that will spice up the local comida típica (typical fare). From 11 to 5, you can also grab a fresh, hot taco from the shop's taco bar.

    Main road, next to Beach Dog Cafe, Nosara, Guanacaste, 50206, Costa Rica
    2682–0574
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  • 6. Galeria La Floresta

    Visit this outdoor gallery to see a display of fantastical, stunning lamps and sconces made from driftwood, bamboo, and shells. Swiss artist Claudia Bassaeur makes...

    Visit this outdoor gallery to see a display of fantastical, stunning lamps and sconces made from driftwood, bamboo, and shells. Swiss artist Claudia Bassaeur makes unique and beautiful lamp shades with marbled, handmade paper imported from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also makes extraordinary jewelry, using found "treasure." Call ahead to make an appointment. The gallery is on the main road in Cabuya, on the way to Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve.

    7 km (4½ miles) south of Montezuma on road to Cabuya, Montezuma, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
    8836–6876
  • 7. La Gran Nicoya

    You can get any souvenir you could possibly want at this lively emporium. There's also a restaurant, a coffee tour, and the occasional folklore show....

    You can get any souvenir you could possibly want at this lively emporium. There's also a restaurant, a coffee tour, and the occasional folklore show. Last-minute shoppers can stop in on their way to nearby Liberia airport. It's open 8 to 6 daily, except Good Friday.

    Hermosa, San José, Costa Rica
    2667–0062
  • 8. Local 31

    For a truly unique souvenir, have designer Esteban del Monserrat create a custom ring, necklace, or pair of earrings with natural gemstones. The ready-made designs...

    For a truly unique souvenir, have designer Esteban del Monserrat create a custom ring, necklace, or pair of earrings with natural gemstones. The ready-made designs by this well-traveled jewelry maker are stunning, made of chunky, beaten silver reminiscent of sunken Spanish treasure.

    at Cruce, Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
    8388–8015
  • 9. Love Nosara Store

    The owner and designer of this trendy open-air boutique invites you to take a piece of Nosara with you. All the high-quality items they sell...

    The owner and designer of this trendy open-air boutique invites you to take a piece of Nosara with you. All the high-quality items they sell are designed in house and consciously crafted in Costa Rica from fair-trade materials. Centering the gallerylike store is a massive tree surrounded by beachwear, hats, bags, jewelry, and more.

    West of Café de Paris, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    8468–7716
  • 10. Mandala

    Yoga fans will swoon over the pretty yoga tops here, made of feather-light Peruvian pima cotton. There are also yoga pants and cool beachwear of...

    Yoga fans will swoon over the pretty yoga tops here, made of feather-light Peruvian pima cotton. There are also yoga pants and cool beachwear of the shop's own design. There's a selection of Birkenstock sandals, too. An array of aromatherapy potions makes the shop a pleasant place to be, along with the air-conditioning. Look for the large Buddha posed in front of the shop; open 9 to 5 daily.

    Playa Guiones road, Costa Rica
    2682–1431
  • 11. Pranamar

    At the far-north end of Santa Teresa, the gift shop in this yoga-centered retreat sells exquisite jewelry from Bali, Guatemala, and local Costa Rican artisans....

    At the far-north end of Santa Teresa, the gift shop in this yoga-centered retreat sells exquisite jewelry from Bali, Guatemala, and local Costa Rican artisans. Delicate filigree silver armlets, headbands, and bracelets are made with freshwater pearls, abalone, amethyst, and other semiprecious stones.

    north end of Playa Santa Teresa, Malpais, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
    2640–0852
  • 12. Sámara Organics Market

    More than a market for a wide range of gluten-free, dairy-alternative, vegetarian options, and organic foods, this spacious, pleasant shop sells imported olive oils and...

    More than a market for a wide range of gluten-free, dairy-alternative, vegetarian options, and organic foods, this spacious, pleasant shop sells imported olive oils and other gastronomic treats—rare in these parts. There's also a selection of artisan-made objets d'art. You can sit in one of the lounge chairs here and sip an espresso, a just-pressed exotic fruit drink, or a healthy, organic potion. Vegetable dips and spreads are packaged to go, along with organic brownies, cookies, and cakes.

    Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • 13. Tama Market

    On Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, the farmers' market in Oneida Park is bustling. Stop by for some fresh organic fruits and veggies,...

    On Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, the farmers' market in Oneida Park is bustling. Stop by for some fresh organic fruits and veggies, homemade kombucha, or baked goods.

    Playa Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica
    8779--8800
  • 14. Tamarindo Night Market

    On Thursday evening from 5:30 to 9:30 pm, join in the buzzing crowd to sample food and cocktails from around the world, buy jewelry, and...

    On Thursday evening from 5:30 to 9:30 pm, join in the buzzing crowd to sample food and cocktails from around the world, buy jewelry, and listen to live music.

    In the parking lot up the road from Hotel Pasatiempo, Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    6051--6634
  • 15. The Silver Tree

    Follow the smell of incense into this elegant jewelry store, with beautiful handmade pieces from local artists as well as sophisticated resort wear. There are...

    Follow the smell of incense into this elegant jewelry store, with beautiful handmade pieces from local artists as well as sophisticated resort wear. There are also unusual, high-quality handcrafted gifts, art, and one-of-a-kind curios, locally made and from around the world.

    2nd fl. in mini-mall beside Café de Paris, on Playa Guiones road, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    2682–1422
  • 16. Amo La Vida

    Closed Permanently

    One of the most intriguing shops in town, this eclectic emporium has exquisite local jewelry handmade in Tamarindo, plus exotic home-decorating items from Morocco and...

    One of the most intriguing shops in town, this eclectic emporium has exquisite local jewelry handmade in Tamarindo, plus exotic home-decorating items from Morocco and Egypt, including atmospheric wall sconces and accent lamps.

    Main street, beside El Diriá Hotel, Tamarindo, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica
    2653–1507
  • 17. Calypso

    Closed Permanently

    Owner Celine Price Annecy has raised the bar on beach fashion with fabulous Indonesian- and Mexican-style cover-ups and elegant, summery dresses, all available in real...

    Owner Celine Price Annecy has raised the bar on beach fashion with fabulous Indonesian- and Mexican-style cover-ups and elegant, summery dresses, all available in real women's sizes. She also sells exotic jewelry.

    Main street, Tamarindo, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica
    2653–1436
  • 18. Kaltak Art and Craft Market

    Closed Permanently

    This souvenir emporium has five rooms of high-quality crafts and gifts, including organic-cotton blouses and dresses and traditional leather-and-wood rocking chairs, which they will ship...

    This souvenir emporium has five rooms of high-quality crafts and gifts, including organic-cotton blouses and dresses and traditional leather-and-wood rocking chairs, which they will ship for you. Look for the gigantic toucan sculptures perched by the roadside.

    Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, 50503, Costa Rica
  • 19. Librería Topsy

    Closed Permanently

    For some intellectual stimulation at the beach, head to Librería Topsy, where you can buy or exchange books. There's also a wide selection of the...

    For some intellectual stimulation at the beach, head to Librería Topsy, where you can buy or exchange books. There's also a wide selection of the best nature and local guidebooks, kids' books (mostly in Spanish), and school and office stationery supplies. The American owner, Joel, who is a great source of local information, also provides a postal service, where you can drop off postcards and letters to be mailed (since there is no post office at the southern tip of the peninsula). It is closed on Tuesday.

    Across from bakery, in Cabuya, Montezuma, Puntarenas, 60111, Costa Rica
    2642–0576
  • 20. Natural Gift Shop Cabuya

    Closed Permanently

    A little off the beaten track, this collection of handmade jewelry and crafts by local artisans offers something a little different from the wares in...

    A little off the beaten track, this collection of handmade jewelry and crafts by local artisans offers something a little different from the wares in nearby Montezuma, including lamps made with local jicara wood and decorative bags and boxes made from the bejuco vine.

    Across from bakery in Cabuya, on main road, Montezuma, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
    8426–0700

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