2 Best Places to Shop in The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific, Costa Rica

Coopedota Santa Maria

The best place to buy local coffee is where 800 farmers bring their raw coffee beans to be roasted and packed into jute bags at the first carbon-neutral coffee producer in the world. You can buy three dozen different coffee beverages and export-quality coffee at the café shop for about $10 per pound (about half the price you'll pay at the airport). Choose between light or dark roast and en grano (whole bean) or molido (ground). A variety of tours are offered (from $35), covering everything from processing to tasting to the cooperative's innovative recycling. Check out the website for details of tours or email to make reservations.

Mama Toucan's Natural & Organic Foods

Colorful and comfortably air-conditioned, this whole-foods store is a treat to browse in. Along with the fresh organic vegetables, there is a wide selection of gluten-free foods, including bagels and breads, and a deli with ready-to-eat vegan and gluten-free snacks and sandwiches. The ice cream, sorbet, and gelato made with coconut milk are delicious whether you are a vegan or an omnivore. The shop also carries hard-to-find, imported specialty foods, spices, and excellent local chocolates. It's open from 7 to 8 daily.