A Central American Arts And Crafts Market
Out of all the beautiful places in Costa Rica the capital San Jose seems lacking and I wouldn't recommend wasting many precious travel days there. However I called this city home for three months and as the main travel hub between Costa Rica's diverse areas I suspect many travelers will find themselves in this city for a day. Mercado Artisanal is a smaller out door market that hosts a variety of arts and crafts vendors from Central America--and coffee too! It can be nice for a stroll and to get an idea of souvenir options. I ended up buying a hammock before my months were up, and back in California I remember Costa Rica every time I lay in it. I strongly recommend taking advantage of any hammock time opportunities you find in Costa Rica from the beaches to the jungle, and the mountains to the porch.
By Vanessa Petersen, AFAR Local Expert
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