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Boutique chic in Gaupiles

Often overlooked by travelers, guests who plan a visit to Guapiles on their Costa Rica tours will have the town's wealth of fresh produce and boutique-style shops to themselves.

Located in Costa Rica's banana-growing region, the city's agricultural roots come alive at Guapiles' Saturday market. With fresh bananas always for sale, the market provides a chance for visitors to sample a range of other succulent native fruits and vegetables, giving everyone a literal taste of the Costa Rican tropics.

Guapiles' number of boutique shops provide the perfect opportunity for guests to find a unique souvenir or great new accessory. Businesses here sell everything from furniture to umbrellas, and so accommodate a range of shopping tastes. The town is also known for its number of vintage clothing stores, which provide a great trip down memory lane and affordable prices that are simply too good to pass up.

After a day of shopping, a perfect end to any Guapiles trip is a stop at one of the village sodas, or bars. Serving up both Costa Rican favorites like casados plates and gallo pinto, many eateries also feature American fast food-type meals like classic hamburgers. 



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