you're ready for a break from the sun and surf, take a leisurely
stroll through the village shops.
are great buys to be found on items originating in Mexico, such
as jewelry, leather, clothing and the native arts and crafts for
which Mexico is famous.
You'll also find a number of shops specializing in American and
European resort wear. And you'll see a wide array of imported items,
including duty-free perfumes and cosmetics, china and crystal, watches
are so many shops that carry the same products and prices can differ
dramatically depending on the location of the store. Bargaining
is allowed and accepted mainly where it's owner operated. When bargaining,
in Mexico, it is often practiced to start at half the original price
and then meet half way. Best bargains are made with cash and if
you are buying more than one item.
Reducing Costs: Bargain when you can and less fancy stores tend
to have better prices and prices tend to drop as you move away from
the downtown core. If you're looking for something in particular,
asking locals is always good and let them know you are seeking cheap
If you shop carefully, you'll discover that prices on jewelry fashioned
with Mexican silver and turquoise are exceptionally good. When buying
sterling silver, always make sure you see "925" stamped on the item.
Gold items, should be stamped with a set of two numbers and two
letters (in any combination).
are another important product and indicate Mexico's geographic and
cultural diversity. Traditional Mayan dresses (huipiles) and shawls
(rebozos), as well as men's embroidered cotton shirts (guayaberas)
and tightly woven Panama hats, are representative of the Yucatan
states, including Quintana Roo. Hammocks are also an integral part
of life in the region and are available in a variety of color combinations
goods, including shoes, boots, belts, purses and luggage, reflect
Mexico's proud tradition of fine craftsmanship. And the prices of
these high quality accessories are low.
handicrafts are among the most sought-after items here, and you'll
be able to choose from a range of works by artisans from nearly
every part of the country.
of ancient Indian handicrafts, including jewelry, stone carvings,
wooden masks and semiprecious-stone sculptures make wonderful souvenirs.
You'll also find colonial-style items, such as filigree jewelry,
lacework and wood furniture. Interesting objects crafted from onyx,
one of Mexico's major exports, are widely available as well. Be
sure to check out the vast array of pottery in Cozumel's stores.
The art of making pottery, including everything from unglazed clay
pieces to beautiful stoneware crockery, is a significant part of
Mexico's cultural heritage.
you're looking for a souvenir T-shirt, you will have plenty of shops
to choose from--and with their large selections, you are sure to
find the perfect one.
major stores are usually open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. However, Cozumel
observes the traditional Mexican custom of the afternoon siesta:
many shops close for a few hours in the afternoon. When a cruise
ship is in port, more stores tend to remain open during the siesta
Most stores accept credit cards, U.S. dollars and traveler's checks.