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If you need a book to read on the beach, head to Echo Books (tel. 2756-8323; www.echobookscostarica.com) just inland from Playa Cocles. This place has a good supply of new and used books in English, Spanish, Dutch, German, and Italian, as well as a small cafe and gift shop. The owner also makes homemade truffles and other chocolate treats from local cacao.

For ceramics, head south to Playa Chiquita and check out the traditional Japanese-style works at Raku Art (tel. 2750-0548).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.