On the road to the beaches, just west of the airport, are several large souvenir shops. These are popular stopping points on organized tours throughout this region. The best of the bunch for a one-stop shop is La Gran Nicoya (tel. 2667-0062). However, you might find better selections and prices, especially for pottery, by stopping in Guaitíl ★★★, a charming Chorotega indigenous community not far off the road between Liberia and the Guanacaste beaches.

For something different, check out the Hidden Garden Art Gallery ★★ (tel. 8386-6872; http://hiddengarden.thevanstonegroup.com), a well-stocked contemporary art gallery, with a large stable of prominent Costa Rican and expatriate artists, and regularly changing special exhibitions. This place is located 5km (3 miles) west of the Liberia airport, on the road to the beaches.

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