Those passing through the Juan Santamaría Airport will notice a new shop called Blue Zones Nicoya. The company sells products created by artisans, SMEs, and farmers from Nicoya.
Travelers can purchase any of 1,500 products from the brand or from Guanacaste. Products include coffee, chocolate, honey, condiments, handicrafts, jewelry, textiles, personal care items, pet accessories, and much more. Also available are teas made from little known herbs that are widely used in Guanacaste as well as honeys that are mixed with fruit.
Some of the honeys available come from Reserva Conchal and Palo Verde. They recently won gold and silver in the Quality Honey Awards in London.
The store is already a success in the Daniel Oduber Airport. It directly generates 15 jobs and supports over 60 Costa Rican small and medium enterprises. Tourists seem to like having this chance to purchase something that is more than just a souvenir but also makes social sense, helping Costa Ricans make a living in these hard times.