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grocery store/supermarket

arriving in san jose international airport-----looking for grocery store to buy supplies and food and produce-----is there one close by or near the best western irazu

also are we allowed to bring food into the country

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Playa Hermosa...
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for Manuel Antonio National Park
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1. Re: grocery store/supermarket

There is a mini store (more like a convenient store in the states) which is located in a small shopping center next to the casino parking lot (back entrance to the Irazu, near Denny's) It would get you thru for a night or two for basics but for supplies and a major shop, I don't recommend it. Where are you headed in CR to recommend a more suitable grocery in that area? As far as bringing grocery items into CR, it depends on what you want to bring in. You can really purchase whatever you need here with the exception of some special dietary items.

Dominical, Costa...
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2. Re: grocery store/supermarket

There are many grocery stores in the surrounding area but not sue of a specific one. Fruit, vegetables, dairy products, seeds and plants are the foods that are for sure not allowed. Processed foods are generally allowed. See the post just below this one in the Costa RIca Forum about the same subject or do a search and I am sure you will find additional information.

Winnipeg Canada
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for Winnipeg
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3. Re: grocery store/supermarket

So I am allowed to bring in sodium reduced canned soups ?

Edited: 1:33 pm, June 19, 2013
Costa Rica
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4. Re: grocery store/supermarket

Yes...... but think about this carefully. You can buy them here. They are heavy to pack in a suitcase.

There are several large supermarkets not far from the airport, including a Jumbo and a Mas x Menos. As you exit the airport, a gentleman will ask you if you need a taxi. Tell him yes, you need a taxi and you need to go to a large supermarket and then to your hotel. He will arrange it for you. You can request that your taxi driver wait for you at the supermarket (extra charge) or just get another taxi once you are done shopping.

San Jose, Costa Rica
Destination Expert
for Costa Rica
posts: 39,161
5. Re: grocery store/supermarket

It is a Mega Super walking distance from Irazu...also not that far is AUTO MERCADO...a lot better quality than most markets in Costa Rica...

roadadvisor

Winnipeg Canada
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for Winnipeg
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6. Re: grocery store/supermarket

Can you buy wine at a grocery store?

Dominical, Costa...
posts: 182
reviews: 11
7. Re: grocery store/supermarket

Yes. Most have a good variety to select from.

Winnipeg Canada
Destination Expert
for Winnipeg
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8. Re: grocery store/supermarket

thanks for the reply.

Chicago, IL
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9. Re: grocery store/supermarket

You're better off buying wine in the duty free store next to the luggage carousel at the airport. Much better prices.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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for Costa Rica
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10. Re: grocery store/supermarket

Auto Mercado offer some good wine...but better for you to try to get some at SJO at arrival...a lot cheaper...

roadadvisor

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