Puerto Viejo attracts a lot of local and international bohemians, who seem to survive solely on the sale of handmade jewelry, painted ceramic trinkets (mainly pipes), and imported Indonesian textiles. You’ll find them at makeshift stands set up by the town’s parquecito (little park), which comprises a few wooden benches in front of the sea between Tamara Restaurant and Stanford’s.

In addition to the makeshift outdoor stands, a host of well-stocked gift and crafts shops are spread around town. Luluberlu ★ (tel. 2750-0394), located inland across from Cabinas Guaraná, features locally produced craftwork, including shell mobiles and mirrors with mosaic-inlaid frames, as well as imports from Thailand and India.

Tip: My favorite purchase here is locally produced chocolate, which is made by several local outfits, and can be found for sale at many gift shops and restaurants around town.

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