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SHOPPING IN NARANJO

Nearby Naranjo offers a wide range of shopping experiences. For your day-to-day needs, Naranjo has several large supermarkets which sell typical packaged goods, produce and meats. Other Naranjo amenities include:

  • R&M – large hardware store
  • Farmers Markets
  • Bakeries
  • Bicycle Shops
  • Three Banks – Banco Nacional, Banco de Costa Rica, & Banco Popular
  • Clothing shops
  • Show Stores
  • Pharmacies – Montesoll & Nelma
  • VIP Internet Café
  • Post Office
  • Police Station
  • Red Cross
  • And More!

 


BEYOND NARANJO

Frommers offers a good description of shopping in and around the Central Valley:

MARKETS
Several markets are near downtown San Jose, but by far the largest is the Mercado Central, located between avenidas Central and 1 and calles 6 and 8. A daily street market is on the west side of the Plaza de la Democracia. Two long rows of outdoor stalls sell T-shirts, Guatemalan and Ecuadorian handicrafts and clothing, small ceramic ocarinas (a small musical wind instrument), and handmade jewelry. LEARN MORE »

SHOPPING IN SAN JOSE
San José’s central shopping corridor is bounded by Avenidas 1 and 2, from about Calle 14 in the west to Calle 13 in the east. For several blocks west of the Plaza de la Cultura, Avenida Central is a pedestrian-only street mall where you’ll find store after store of inexpensive clothes for men, women, and children. You may also find a lot of street vendors depending on the day and season. Most shops in the downtown district are open Monday through Saturday from about 8am to 6pm. Typically, sales and import taxes have already been figured into the display price.

SHOPPING FOR COFFEE IN COSTA RICA
Coffee is the best shopping deal in all of Costa Rica. Although the best Costa Rican coffee is allegedly shipped off to North American and European markets, it’s hard to beat the coffee that’s roasted right in front of you here. Best of all is the price: One pound of coffee sells for around $3 to $6. It makes a great gift and truly is a local product.

Note of Interest: Be sure to ask for whole beans; Costa Rican grinds are often too fine for standard coffee filters. The store will pack beans for you in whatever size bag you want. If you buy prepackaged coffee in a supermarket in Costa Rica, the whole beans will be marked either grano (grain) or grano entero (whole bean). If you opt for ground varieties (molido), be sure the package is marked puro; otherwise, it will likely be mixed with a good amount of sugar, the way Ticos like it.

MULTIPLAZA ESCAZU
The biggest and most modern malls of the region is the Multiplaza in Escazú, home to over 300 stores including many international brand names. Find your favorite at www.multiplaza.com