Puerto Rico’s shoppers provide an affectionate reception. Throughout the Island of Puerto Rico you will find many craft centers that are owned by local artists, many of them will even encourage the visitors to visit their studios to see how the local traditional arts and crafts are made. At the markets you will be able find delicately carvings of religious statues and paper-mashe masks that are used during most of the festivals.
Puerto Rico and some of the other coastal tourist towns have managed to keep their status of lower import tax and VAT rates duty free. So if you are looking to buy tobacco, wines, spirits, perfumes and maybe some electrical goods, look no further as they are much cheaper here than in other EU countries.
But you should keep in mind, unlike other European Countries, there is a firm limit to the quantity that you are allowed to export out of Puerto Rico into the UK and other EU countries. For instance the limits on spirits is 1 liter, 2 litres of wine and 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes. So although you will find it much cheaper to shop in Puerto Rico you may not be allowed to take everything home with you.
Most of the Puerto Rican shops and craft markets are normally aimed at the tourism market selling, selling souvenirs, gifts and pottery but all around the island you will also find markets that provide for local inhabitants, with local farmers and constructing markers selling their trades, like cheeses and confectionary.
San Juan is actually the island’s shopping mecca, but it isn’t a free port, so you won’t find bargains on electronics and perfumes. But you can, however, find excellent prices on jewelry, fashions, crystal, and china. Shopping for local crafts can also be satisfying: you’ll run across a lot that’s shabby, but you can also find treasures, and in many cases you can watch the artists at work. Plaza Las Americas, the island’s largest shopping centre is also situated here. It is a very modern shopping center that features over 300 stores selling everything imaginable. Everything form pottery and fashion clothing to local cuisine.
You will maybe find it hard to resist all the colorful strange articles that are up for sale here in Puerto Rico.