What To Buy In Costa Rica

what to buy in costa rica

Surrounded by beautiful oceans from the east to the west, Costa Rica is a hit tourist destination. You’re sure to enjoy the sites and activities being offered by this relatively small country. Marvel at its natural beauty or take amazing photos with their varying landscapes as background. When you’re all done with your trip, scouting gifts and souvenirs are sure to be part of your itinerary. Here’s a list of items you can buy in Costa Rica that’ll be the perfect gift for your loved ones. These Costa Rican souvenirs include: printed towels, coffee, soap, bikinis, magnets, bath products, hot sauce, Salsa Lizano, bamboo clothing, and paintings. As you prepare for your trip, you don’t need to worry about what to buy in Costa Rica.

1. Mango wood candle holders

These gorgeous mango wood candle holders are the perfect addition to your Christmas dinner table, aren't they? ? Price...

Posted by BigMat Malta on Friday, 25 October 2019

Made by experienced hands and from local mango trees, these candle holders are the perfect Costa Rica memorabilia for your loved ones! Whether it’s to give new life to your dining table or to be shown off in your kitchen or living room, these candle holders will surely be great additions to any room. Find them in most souvenir shops or artisan markets.

2. Pachuco t-shirts

Posted by Pachuco t-shirts on Monday, 7 March 2016

Pachuco, an underground language of Costa Rica, has slowly crept into the retail world. Now the name of a t-shirt brand, Pachuco t-shirts can be found in tourist shops. Considered as a fashionable choice of clothing and made with high-quality material, it’s a souvenir you just can’t miss! Grab yours today and strut the streets with shirts bearing words like “pura vida” (pure life) or “tuanis” (too nice or too cool) and start flaunting your personality.

3. Recycled coffee bags

Coffee bags (313053257)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user temporalata used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Looking for something that lines up with your advocacies? The female members of the co-op of at-risk communities in La Carpio make these multi-purpose recycled coffee bags that are socially and environmentally responsible. They stitch them together to form eye-catching patterns that’ll be a nice touch to your overall look. Made from burlap coffee bags, these carry-all totes are also very durable.

4. Banana clothing

Banana plantain in Costa Rica
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user KraYa used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Natural fibers have been used for various purposes over the years. Such uses include manufacturing clothes, materials for building, manufacturing ship sails, and also making carpets. Plant fibers which are found in bananas are ideal for making clothing due to certain properties that make them suitable for modification in making clothes. Since Costa Rica has many banana plantations, these banana fibers are readily available.

5. Dota coffee

Defense of the Coffee!

Posted by Dota 2 Addicts on Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Who doesn’t like coffee? It brings life to a rather dull morning. Here’s a tip! Bring home the best coffee that Costa Rica can offer when you drop by Cafe Britt or Dota. Dota is a coffee region in Costa Rice which produces a special kind of coffee beans with dark and intense flavors. This kind of coffee is considered rare. Some coffee brands haven’t had the opportunity to export their premium beans to northern markets so visiting Cafe Britt is your best bet! Here’s a quick fun fact for you: the first carbon-neutral coffee in the Americas was recently introduced by the Coffee Cooperative of Dota (Coopedota) so it’s something to look into.

6. Ox cart/wheel figurine

Posted by Mountain Blue Miniatures on Sunday, 22 March 2015

An icon of Costa Rica, the ox cart has a colorful history worth knowing. It started as a means for farmers to transport goods to being used by families and, essentially, became a vital part of their survival. These carts are adorned with beautiful designs and can now be seen throughout the whole country in different locations like restaurants and event atop the shelves of souvenir shops. If you wish to see it in its traditional style, a trip to the town of Sarchi is the way to go.

7. Salsa Lizano

¿Conoces bien tu salsa Lizano? ¿Cuántas diferencias encuentras?

Posted by Lizano on Saturday, 25 April 2015

If you’re a foodie, you can consider bringing home Salsa Lizano to brighten up your dishes. It was developed in 1920 by the Lizano Company but is currently under Unilever. Containing water, sugar, salt, and vegetables among others, its taste profile is sweet with a hint of spiciness because of black pepper and cumin. In terms of color, it is a light brown sauce with a thin smooth texture. Even if it is increasingly becoming available commercially, it would still be a great souvenir to bring home. Nothing beats the original, we say!

8. Sibú chocolate

Chocolate (blue background)
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On the lookout for a souvenir with exquisite flavor? Look no further than Sibú chocolate. This chocolate embodies the country’s experience in making mouth-watering sweets! It has been perfected to match up against the flavors of Europe! The company that makes Sibú chocolate partners with a Rainforest Alliance certified farm that ensures fair wages and dignified living conditions. Some of the flavors your tastebuds can enjoy are caramel-infused fresh ginger and coconut, organic vanilla bean milk chocolate, a signature spicy truffle with nutmeg and cinnamon, and a Tarrazú cappuccino milk chocolate.

9. Bamboo jewellery

Handmade jewelry from bamboo by Andanuch

Posted by Bamboo Braid Jewelry by Andanuch on Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Fancy a jewel? Costa Rica has an array of wonderful organic and natural bamboo and sea glass necklaces that are perfect for whatever you’ll be attending. Whether it’s a nice day out with your family or a fun night with friends, you’re sure to be a standout in this dashing piece of jewelry. Bamboo jewelry certainly stands out due to its uniqueness and the creativity that goes into making the product.

10. Deli Sweet jelly

Posted by Sweet Jelly on Sunday, 17 November 2013

Into the rich flavors of tropical fruits? Then, jellies might just be the gift you’re looking for! These delicious sweet treats are the perfect souvenirs to take home if you’re craving Costa Rica’s amazing roster of tropical fruits. Deli Sweet, a brand that’s a bit hard to find, is one of the top makers of quality jellies in Costa Rica. You can find Deli Sweet jelly at AutoMercado in Multiplaza in Escazú.

Culturally rich souvenirs in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country that is rich in both culture and history. As such, there’s a vast collection of souvenirs that people who tour this region can buy. Whether it’s sweet jelly, chocolate, a piece of jewelry, a shirt, or a figurine, Costa Rica’s souvenirs allow you to take home a part of this majestic and interesting country with you.

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