Shopping is one of the “most-enjoyed” activity any traveler does when they are away from home. I myself, spent a small amount of time shopping during my trip to Los Cabos. Depending on your budget there are many products in Los Cabos you can purchases. I’m sure that you can find some of these products in the rest of Mexico.
On my recent trip to Los Cabos, I spent an afternoon of wandering around the marina and shopping along the main drag of San Lucas. There is a big shopping in the marina called Puerto Paraiso however I found the shops at this mall too westernize along with the products they offer. So instead I decided to walk around the main drag in San Lucas two blocks from the marina instead. The products in these shops may be deemed “souveniry” but there are others you will find some use of even something whimsical to add to your home decor (if you’re daring enough). Here are just some of the things you can buy in Los Cabos.
Tequila – it’s not Mexico if you cannot find tequila anywhere in this country. This famous Mexican liquor is produced primarily in Jalisco but it is sold and found practically everywhere in Mexico. If you plan to purchase tequila, I suggest get a brand or variety not found at home.
Vanilla – One of my favorite products from Mexico. Little do most people know that Mexicans makes very good vanilla extracts and you can find them in two forms – the traditional dark colored vanilla and a clear vanilla extract. Both are quite good and you can buy them in different size bottles, not to mention they are inexpensive here.
Chocolate – one of my favorite products to by anywhere. Here is another underrated products from Mexico. Most people would often get either Swiss or Belgian chocolates but they often forget when chocolate was first mentioned in history, is what I discovered in Latin America. They come in different flavors and “bitterness”.
Coffee – another favorite product of mine. Many people does not know that Mexico is one of the world’s producers of coffee much like Colombia and Guatemala. So why is it that we don’t know about this. You can find Starbucks in Los Cabos too but try something local for a great coffee experience in Los Cabos.
Skeleton dolls (La Katrina) – I cannot describe this any other way. The locals told me that these dolls doesn’t really have a name but the female figures are commonly called La Katarina. There is no specific name for the male figures. They are plainly decorative but some people find them fun and whimsical. They come in different sizes, outfit and themes.
Silver Jewelry – you can find this practically in several shops in Los Cabos. Some of these jewelry are intricately designed silver, others includes semi-precious stones. Some merchants will even allow you to negotiate the price and teach you how to care for your silver jewelry. you can find silver jewelry in outdoor shops or boutique jewelry stores.
Straw Hats – even in December, Los Cabos was still warm at 80F during the day. We should always be cautious about skin care when going to warm places like Los Cabos. Hats are one way to do this and there are plentiful here in Los Cabos you can purchase. Or you can opt to buy the colorful wide-brim sombrero. 🙂
Mexican Rugs and other woven products – These woven products are very distinct because of their designs and colors. However, the more intricate the design are, the more expensive they become. If you find something you like, it’s okay to haggle. But be sure to buy something you are willing to haul back home.
Embroidery items – whether its clothing or home goods like pillow cases, tablecloths and runners, they are available all over Los Cabos. When purchasing things like these, be sure to get something you are sure to us.
I admit some of these products may be found in other parts of Mexico, but the good thing about Los Cabos is that merchants will accept the US dollar for payment. There are merchants who will accept credit cards however, they will need to charge 5% transaction fee as required by the local bank. The conversion rate between MXN and USD at this time is about 18-20MXN to $1 dollar, which means you can get more for your money for the items you purchase here in Mexico. Here in Mexico, just like any other country abroad cash is always king.
As for my purchases, I bought a pink tunic that I can use as a cover-up while in the beach along with the following – assorted chocolates, chocolate-covered wafers in a tin box, a large bottle of Mexican vanilla and a pair of silver earrings with an Aztec or Mayan design. All of the purchases were portable without having to open the expansion feature on my carry-on luggage. The chocolates were presents for family at home, the vanilla for baking and the silver earrings is a souvenirs for myself reminding me of my adventures in Los Cabos.