|Shopping in Costa Rica
Shopping is not a major reason
to visit Costa
Rica, but some high-quality wooden
handicrafts are available. San
Josť has the
best shopping opportunities,
in small gift
stores in the city center, an
near the Museo Nacional, and
called Moravia in the northern
part of the
city, which has whole streets
souvenir stores. Bargaining is
outdoor markets, where you should
to pay about 80% of the first
price the vendor
gives. Souvenir stores usually
if you pay cash.
Haggling can be done almost everywhere.
clothing, shoe, and record stores
mall are usually willing to give
of 5%-10% for cash or multiple
It's always worth it to ask politely
offense will be taken.
Be prepared to be shadowed closely
-- so close that when you stop
to look at
something the salesperson might
you. This is business as usual;
take it as
earnest friendliness (and of
protection against shoplifting).
that you need no help ("No
ayuda, gracias.") buys you
a few feet
of personal space.
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