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Mercado Central

Type: Public Markets



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Since 1880, the Central Market has been a staple shopping hub in San Jose, providing for a unique shopping experience in the country's capital city. Prices are relatively reasonable, and the goods are...  Read More

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  • San José's Best Shopping: "Avoid the banned turtle eggs that still appear behind glass cases here, their sale is illegal."
  • Shopping Malls and Centers: "This is a good place to try some authentic Costa Rican food from one of the many old-fashioned stalls inside the market, but don't be tricked into buying some of the banned turtle eggs that still appear behind glass cases here, their sale is illegal and supports a cruel treatment of turtles."

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