What is the best thing to bring home from Costa Rica?

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Michael Bond

One of the best things to bring home from Costa Rica is decorative wood, which comes in many beautiful varieties. You’ll probably find a wide range of options for sale during your trip; the size and quality can vary greatly, but for the very best, our Forbes Travel Guide editors say it’s hard to go wrong with a visit to Biesanz Woodworks. Nestled in the hills of San Antonio de Escazu, their beautiful bowls, humidors and boxes are made from eco-friendly fallen wood that’s collected by Barry Biesanz himself; they’re guaranteed for life against breaking. The workshop offers short but enjoyable tours of their private gardens and artists’ studio, and is a convenient 30-minute drive from San Jose and the airport. Taking a well-crafted bowl back home with you will put you in the esteemed company of four U.S. presidents, Pope John Paul II and the Queen of Spain — not bad for a souvenir.

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