Destination guide Costa Rica

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A LARGE VARIETY OF LOCAL ART AND CRAFT PRODUCTS MAY BE
PURCHASED IN STREET MARKETS IN SAN JOSE AND OTHER TOWNS.
LEATHER AND WOOD ARE THE MATERIALS PREDOMINANTLY USED.
THERE IS A WIDE RANGE OF COSTUME JEWELLERY AT EXTREMELY
LOW PRICES.

T-SHIRTS, WOVEN HAMMOCKS, HAND MADE LOCALLY PRODUCED CLOTHING
AND TOY VERSIONS OF BIRDS AND ANIMALS OF THE JUNGLES ARE
ATTRACTIVE AND OF GOOD VALUE. COFFEE AND LOCALLY PRODUCED
LIQUEURS AND RUM ARE INEXPENSIVE AND ATTRACTIVELY PACKAGED,
MAKING THEM GOOD ITEMS FOR THE GIFTS.

SPECIAL PURCHASES ALSO INCLUDE WOOD AND LEATHER ROCKING
CHAIRS AND CERAMICS.

MOST IMPORTED GOODS CARRY A HIGH DUTY AND ARE VERY
EXPENSIVE.

SHOPPING IS A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE WITH HELPFUL AND HONEST
TRADERS WHO WISH TO PLEASE THE CUSTOMER. MANY TRADERS WILL
ACCEPT PAYMENT IN US DOLLARS AT THE NORMAL EXCHANGE RATE,
ALTHOUGH THE OFFICIAL CURRENCY IS THE COSTA RICA COLON.
ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO BLACK MARKET IN CURRENCY IT IS ILLEGAL
TO EXCHANGE CURRENCY OUTSIDE AN AUTHORIZED FOREIGN EXCHANGE
DEALERS (BANK OR HOTEL).
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