The 7 Best Shopping Spots in Puerto Rico

For some of us, shopping is good for the soul, and retail therapy is one very effective way of lifting our spirits. Besides, we have to bring some goodies back home for friends and loved ones who may be insanely jealous we got the chance to enjoy the exotic and ever beautiful Puerto Rico.

So if you’re looking for some choice spots to buy souvenirs and even designer items, here are the places you need to visit:

  1. Plaza Las Américas. For folks who are homesick and want to visit a large mall just like the ones back home, this is the place to be. Known to the locals as just the “Plaza”, it’s the largest shopping mall in the entire Caribbean and 2nd largest in Latin America.
  2. Mayaguez Mall. It’s got more than a million square feet of retail shops, and it’s so big enough to have a heliport. Sears, JCPenney, and Wal-Mart are all here, so Americans can feel a taste of home. It can be found between the municipalities of Mayagüez and Hormigueros.
  3. Plaza del Caribe. Oozing with European vibe, the Plaza del Caribe is the largest shopping center in the southern side of Puerto Rico. Like most malls, you’ll find the customary shops and restaurants, and it’s large enough to have anything you could ever need.
  4. El San Juan Hotel and Casino Shopping Arcade. The hotels in Puerto Rico have their own exclusive shopping arcades, although they do tend to focus on pricier luxury items. The shops in El San Juan Hotel and Casino sell expensive jewelry, watches, accessories, and designer shoes.
  5. Montehiedra Towne Center. This mall doesn’t just boast of more than a hundred shops for you to lose yourself (and your money) into, but it also has a theater complex with 14 screens. There’s a food complex as well, so you can get some refreshments after an exhaustive bout of shopping for “essentials”. You can find the Montehiedra in Cupey, which is a suburb along the outskirts of San Juan.
  6. Old San Juan’s Callé Del Cristo. In this narrow cobbled street, you’ll find familiar brand names like Guess, Ralph Lauren, and Coach. The prices are substantially lower than back home, so if you’re hankering for a handbag this is the place to be.
  7. Condado’s Ashford Avenue. Filled with lots of designer shops for those whose tastes are more discerning and whose wallets are filled with cash, the Ashford Avenue is Puerto Rico’s Rodeo Drive. There’s a super-exclusive mini-shopping center here, and they feature famous luxury brands like Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, and Cartier. Be careful though, even with discounts, shopping here can make a dent in your bank account.

Of course, Puerto Rico is a famous destination for tourists, and many of the locals are more than glad to sell you stuff to help you unload some of your money. Just make sure you don’t spend all your money on shopping!

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