How it works:
- It is common in Costa Rica for tourists to be expected to pay higher prices than locals. This is possible as goods at markets are not labeled with price tags.
- Prices can also be “miscalculated” intentionally with you being overcharged.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (e.g. shops, markets)
What to do:
- Find out a fair price by going different shops or check with your hotel/hostel/driver, then bargain hard.
- Else, check out fixed price shops, or engage a local professional via a shopping tour for help. GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform globally) has some such options.