An Overview Of a Déja Vu Cozumel Shopping Experience
By Tom Seest
Cozumel is famed for its vibrant streets filled with vivid street murals and creative art stands. You’ll also discover numerous specialty shops with everything from handmade Mexican jewelry to Talavera pottery for sale.
Ola Bonita Boutique in San Miguel offers unique items made ethically – swimsuits, beach mats, hats, and clothing, all created by local artists!
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An idyllic tropical vacation offers visitors the perfect chance to indulge in some retail therapy, and Cozumel provides visitors with many specialty shops and galleries where they can purchase something to remind them of their trip.
These stores are typically run by locals, and their products reflect the heritage of the region. You will likely find beautiful house linens, lacework items, and other traditional products which would make great keepsakes or gifts.
Cozumel offers an impressive variety of jewelry that makes an excellent present, particularly its sterling silver pieces found at many shops throughout the city.
The city art scene is flourishing, with several of the city’s acclaimed artists being showcased at local galleries. Notable artist Greg Dietrich sells intricate blown glass pieces and silk paintings in the city’s main shopping area.
If you’re in search of something more practical, baskets and other woven items are readily available at various shops throughout the city. These handy containers can hold a USB drive, lip balm, charging cables, or any other objects you might need handy at all times.
These baskets are lightweight and easy to transport, adding virtually no weight to your suitcase on return trips. In addition, they make excellent beach towel carriers or storage solutions.
Cozumel boasts some of the finest artisan shops right near downtown San Miguel, making for an enjoyable shopping experience. Gallery Azul is one of these shops; visitors looking for unique artwork, vases, and hand-blown glass pieces should not hesitate to stop in.
Also worth exploring are Viva Mexico (downstairs from its bar of the same name) and Los Cinco Soles on Rafael Melgar Avenue near the sea, both stocked with Mexican artwork, clothing, housewares as well as locally sourced vanilla and chocolate products.
Tourists shopping in Cozumel may be encouraged to bargain with shop owners when looking for deals, though be wary as some stall owners have set prices which they won’t lower themselves; do your research and be sure to ask for the price before you leave!
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Beachgoers know the value of having a hat that shields their head from the sun’s harmful rays is indispensable. A high-quality brimmed hat will shield both you and your face from its harsh Caribbean sun’s UV rays, providing essential sun protection.
Cozumel boasts an array of clothing and hats stores to satisfy your clothing needs, such as Ola Bonita Boutique with its selection of eco-friendly swimsuits or Deja Vu Leather and Jewelry in downtown San Miguel with some of the finest leather handbags on display. Be sure to also visit some smaller shops around Mercado Municipal (the main square in town) to find various gifts, trinkets or handmade glass items by one of Cozumel’s acclaimed artists!
As well as packing these necessities, make sure that your clothes match the climate on Cozumel; with its warm, humid temperatures demanding light fabrics such as cotton and linen to remain cool and dry. Also, bring along a travel wallet/purse to store passports/credit cards/etc, as well as a beach robe to relax after an action-packed day at the beach!
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Jewelry is one of the most sought-after purchases on Cozumel, especially sterling silver pieces handcrafted by Mayan artisans. No matter if it’s for yourself or as a souvenir, jewelry will make an impressive find here. In downtown San Miguel lies Deja Vu Cozumel; visitors can custom make leather handbags and shoes or watch artisans craft one-of-a-kind necklaces and huarache sandals inspired by Mayan traditions in their shop.
Shopping for souvenirs is easy in San Miguel de Allende’s town center at the Mercado Municipal (Municipal Market). Artisan stands sell everything from baskets and t-shirts to Talavera pottery, or explore some of its charming side streets to find charming shops and boutiques.
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