I must have been asked this question hundreds of times by the participants on my monthly relocation/retirement tours. The answer is, yes.
Every day you can find more and more products from the States and Canada in Costa Rica. When I first came here there were very few U.S. products in the country. Each time I visited the States I would pack my suitcases with the things that I couldn’t get here.
If you go to Pricemart (like Costco), Hipermás (like Walmart) or the Automercado you will see a wide selection of foods and other items from the United States. Everything from Welch’s Grape Juice to the full line of Rubbermaid products can be purchased at any of these stores. You may even get stuffing for your turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling and instant mashed potatoes for your Thanksgiving dinner. In addition, we have stores like Payless Shoes, General Nutrition Centers, the Apple Store, Cinnabuns, Radio Shack and Hallmark Cards to name a few.
On my retirement tours we visit a couple of supermarkets and shopping centers to give my clients a first-hand look at what products are sold here. They were amazed to see what was available.
If you cant’ find what you are looking for, it is easy to order through the Internet through one of the private mail services like Aerocasillas. Over the last 13 years I have ordered hundreds of products of all sizes and shapes on line using this convenient mail service. For example, if I need sundries I can’t find I go to www.drugstore.com and order whatever I want. Within a week the product is here in Costa Rica. This makes it unnecessary to travel to the United States to get the items you need. You will end up saving a lot of money on airfare and lodging this way.