If you're a fashion-forward traveler & on a trip to Mexico, consider Cozumel your shopping mecca. This island, which is just off the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, is peppered with plenty of places to pick up a souvenir. From locally owned shops to high-end boutiques, you can find some really interesting items here to bring home on your next luxury vacation to Riviera Maya or Playa del Carmen. The best part? Cozumel is just a quick ferry ride away from these cities.
So grab your wallet & head to one of these unique stores:
Silver Emporium It goes without saying that Mexico is famous for having an unparalleled selection of silver. One of the most respected design houses in Taxco, Los Castillos, produces most of the items at Silver Emporium. In fact, this is the largest silver store in the entire Caribbean. Whether you're looking for a striking pair of earrings or a trendy anklet from Martha Vargas' elegant jewelry collection or a stunning serving platter with precious stones, you can find it at this distinctive store. You can even find some offbeat pieces like a silver taco holder or toast rack.
Los Cinco Soles You could spend all afternoon browsing this market of mini-shops, which can be found in a restored colonial building. Pick up some handcrafted toys for your little ones, or a bottle of high-quality tequila to give a friend back home. Of course, you'll want to snag something for yourself, too. Between the gorgeous embroidered dresses from Oaxaca, silk shawls & guayabera shirts, you'll have plenty to choose from to update your wardrobe. The vibrant hand-loomed napkins, intricate ceramics & other tabletop goods are bound to brighten up your home & serve as a charming reminder of your vacation. The best part? Los Cinco Soles can ship your goods anywhere in the world, so you don't have to worry about a overstuffed suitcase.
Chocolateria Isla Bella Chocoholics can find their paradise at this sweets shop, which sells homemade chocolate unlike anything you've ever tasted. Considering the fact that cacao beans played such a major role in Mayan culture, a taste of these treats is the perfect way to celebrate local history. After buying some triple chocolate, sea salt butterscotch or coconut lime truffles, you'll even get the chance to meet the mother & daughter team that whips up these decadent desserts.