Where is the best shopping in Costa Rica?

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Michael Bond

While Costa Rica isn’t an international destination for high fashion, what you will find in here is shopping that runs the gamut — you can buy ornamental gourds and handmade chocolate direct from the indigenous Bribri tribe in the morning, while browsing Carolina Herrera at the Multiplaza Mall that afternoon. Somewhere in the middle lies the small town of Sarchí, Costa Rica’s most famous crafts center. Well-known for its long history of producing quality wood furniture and leather goods, the tiny burg is bursting with more than 200 family-operated stores. The most colorful of the bunch is the Joaquin Chaverri Oxcart Factory, built in 1902, and the birthplace of oxcart painting in Costa Rica. Their elaborate style of painting “carretas” has become a Costa Rican symbol, and the factory store offers a wide range of souvenirs, as well as the chance to see the artisans at work.

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