Puerto Rico shopping
Puerto Rico shopping is some of the best in the Caribbean, but at prices higher than elsewhere. This is especially true in San Juan, which isn't a free port, so don't expect to buy duty-free favorites like electronics and perfume at rock-bottom prices. You're better off taking advantage of local products. Puerto Rican cigars won't impress your friends on the golf course like a Cuban, but they are ubiquitous, cheap, and almost as good. Just pull the labels off and nobody will be able to tell the difference. (Actually, wait until you get through customs to do that.) Hammocks and coffee are also island favorites that you will enjoy at home, although perhaps not at the same time. If you want something more distinctively Puerto Rican, look around for a reverentially carved santo, a Christian statue used during local festivals.
Shopping in Puerto Rico effectively means shopping in San Juan. The most commonly visited area is Old San Juan, where folk-art stands cluster by the harbor and little shops line the hilly cobblestone streets. The junky, tourist options can feel overwhelming, but there are some wonderful, one-of-a-kind boutiques worth checking out. So, look carefully, and avoid the town on Mondays and Tuesdays, when the cruise ships dock and crowds swarm the narrow sidewalks.