Costa Rica Travel News – Have you ever bought a souvenir in a tropical place only to see “Made in China” on a sticker on the back of it? It’s a common mistake, even among experienced travelers. Take a look over this list of suggested souvenirs, to avoid this problem in Costa Rica. Most of them can be found at the artisan market at Plaza de la Democracia or shops in tourist towns.
1) Coffee from Cafe Britt or Doka. The coffee in the supermarket is often not export quality, so buy a bag from a market or the coffee plantation itself while you take a tour and taste test. Bags cost about $8.
2) Banana Paper. The banana leaves were a waste product that clogged the rivers and polluted communities, now it’s collected to be recycled into a beautiful paper which is sold for printing and greeting cards in many countries. The cards cost $5.
3) Sibu Chocolate was first harvested by the indigenous people on the Caribbean coast. Sibu has a refined flavor that’s as good as or better than chocolate in Europe. The company works with a certified farm that ensures fair wages and living conditions. Some of their specialties are caramel infused ginger and coconut, a Tarrazu cappuccino milk chocolate, and a spicy nutmeg and cinnamon truffle. Prices range from $8-25.
4) Pachuco T-Shirts are those with slang phrases and definitions printed on them. Popular phrases are “Pura Vida” and “Mae.” They cost $10-15.
5) Aromas para el Alma are bath products that will relax you. They are made with natural materials and come in reusable packaging. They are good for you and the environment. Lotions, oils, and sprays cost $10-20.
6) Mango Wood Candle Holders make a great gift for loved ones. They are carved by hand from local mango trees. They are the perfect addition to any room and cost only $15.
7) Recycled Coffee Bags. A women’s co-op in an at risk community make multi-purpose bags that are recycled coffee bags stitched together to form a To-Go bag. They are sold by Cafe Britt, in the airport, and supermarkets for $15.
8) Deli Sweet Jelly is only $4.50 and is the best way to capture the tropical fruit flavors of Costa Rica. It’s made in Santa Ana and can be bought at the AutoMercado in Escazu.