Market: Open daily and located at
the bus station, this market offers fresh local fruit and
vegetables, seafood, meats, bakeries, flower shops,
leather shops etc. There are also great places to stop and
eat while you take in the sights and sounds of the market.
Market: Open Wednesday evenings
and Thursday days, the farmers market is located a few
blocks south of the central market. The local producers
bring in fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, flowers (the
potted orchids are beautiful), hand-made trinkets and
more. Be sure to bring a big bag with you!
Stores: Shoes, shoes, shoes…you will
never run out of places to buy shoes in this country and
San Isidro is no exception. The vibrant plaza area offers
every type of retail store imaginable. Clothes, hardware,
appliances, paint, bargain stores….the list goes on.
There is also the Maxi Bodega (Costa Rican Walmart). It is
highly recommended that you walk the streets and discover
all the little specialty stores.
Local artists have set up shop all along
the roadways. You will find everything from purses made
from coconuts, sand carvings, hammocks, wooden bowls,
native wood furniture, pottery, paintings, wind chimes and
much much more. We try to buy all our souvenirs and house
décor items from these extremely talented and creative
people. We stop to see Richardo and his family who have
set up shop on the road to Dominical, at least once every
Out: There are many wonderful
places to eat in San Isidro el General. There is a
fantastic Peruvian restraint (Freddy’s) that offers a
phenomenal filet mignon dinner for about $7. You can even
get great Chinese food here too! However, if you haven’t
quite mastered Spanish we highly recommend Casa la Café
and Bazookas. Both have menu items written in English. The
food and service is wonderful at both places. For those
less adventurous, yes… San Isidro has a McDonalds.