Best Christmas Shopping in Costa Rica, 2013

Several months before Christmas, Natasha at Lulu Berlu Gallery in Puerto Viejo de Limon can be found in her backyard studio, creating mosaic pieces that decorate her shop, and now many homes around the world. A few hours away, Barry at Biesanz Woodworks curates his gallery shop with his coolest pieces; minimalist style humidors and jewelry boxes that make excellent gifts, travel well, and are intended to last a lifetime. Avenida Ezcazu has those luxury brands that some feel Christmas isn't the same without, like Tiffany & Co. and Salvatore Ferragamo, but for the individualist, there's J. Lang Atelier & Showroom; bright colored leather bags and accessories made in Costa Rica by an expat designer inspired by the natural beauty of her new home. Pure Jungle Spa is the perfect place to get gifts for those who love to be pampered; a gift certificate for a decadent chocolate massage makes a delightful stocking stuffer. For surfers and their tribe, there is Coconut Harry's in Nosara, a fun shop to find gifts and gear for all ages, and for good little cowboys and cowgirls, Santa shops at Caballo Loco Boutique in San Jose, where all sorts of sombreros line the shelves of an equestrian's dream shop come true.

For all you cowboys and cowgirls in Costa Rica, Caballo Loco Boutique in San Jose, has everything you need except the horses- and those are just around the way. Started by a Canadian horse lover who discovered a need for equestrian gear in her...  Read More

This one-stop surf shop in Nosara actually has two stops, one for board rentals and lessons, the other a retail outlet for purchasing supplies and surf clothes- both are worthy of the high praise they receive from those who've been there and...  Read More

The Tribal Market is a wonderful find for one-of-a-kind artful souvenirs from all over Central America, and the world. The owner/curator collects her inventory from Guatemala, Bali, Mexico, and Costa Rica, and presents it in a cozy and inviting...  Read More

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The Souvenir Museum is a unique experience that lets visitors learn about sustainability while browsing and shopping a colorful, fairly-traded collection- all of which is hand made in Costa Rica. The Souvenir Museum is part of the emrging...  Read More

Avenida Escaz� is Costa Rica's newest and most modern shopping development, considered by some shoppers to be a highlight of a visit to Escaz�, already home to the Multiplaza Mall and many other shops. Avenida Escaz� follows...  Read More

Pure Jungle Spa
Photo courtesy of Sophia LaMonica

In a thatched bungalow set just back from the main road across from the fray of Rockin' Js Pure Jungle Spa is the original and best spa in Puerto Viejo, a refreshing oasis offering all-natural pampering with lush organic products in an...  Read More

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At Galer�a Namu, all items are handmade by talented artists, and fairly traded, which means that each purchase directly supports indigenous artists and encourages them to continue creating. Within a cozy space a stone's throw from the...  Read More

J. Lang Atelier & Showroom in Escazu is a dream come true for handbag lovers in Costa Rica. Each piece is designed by Jennifer Lang, who draws her inspiration from the natural beauty of her new home. There are a variety of styles to choose...  Read More

Highly regarded as one of the best woodworking artist galleries in Costa Rica, Biesanz Woodwork is the place to go to pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Barry Biesanz, the artist behind the work, is inspired by the simple Shaker aesthetic, and...  Read More

Luluberlu Art Gallery was created by a French artist who fell in love with the Caribbean, and Puerto Viejo de Limon, and was inspired to create colorful mosiacs mirrors and chairs, which were the first items in the gallery. These days, the...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia
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