One of the first things you usually do after you get off the plane, find your hotel and take a nice long shower is find something to eat and do some grocery shopping.
Since you can’t bring everything on the plane, especially if you just bring a carry on, you have to go find a supermarket to fulfill the rest of your needs. For those who are visiting Playas del Coco, don’t ever worry about finding a supermarket or that you won’t find what you need.
With 4 main supermarkets in this small beach town, you’ll never be without your shampoo and will always have a midnight snack. Sometimes it’s nice to know which market has the best deals or which one is most likely to have the things you like before you realize you spent way too much money and time. You can also read this post on grocery stores in Costa Rica.
Grocery Stores in Playas del Coco
This market is located near Pacifico, on the right hand side when you are driving into Coco. It’s known as the more expensive of the four however we have found that the prices don’t differ too heavily from other markets but it depends on what you’re looking for.
They do have more products from the States than the other stores. They have a good promotions area near the produce where you can find several items on sale. There is a rack of 25 items called AutoPromociones which is actually a pretty good deal.
Sometimes it’s 2X1 or 25-30% off and they change this every 15 days. They also have special promotions for holidays which you can find in certain aisles.
Auto Mercado works on a point system so you can apply for a rewards card that you can rack up points to get discounts on items.
If you have a gluten or wheat allergy, this would be the ideal market for you to shop at because they have a health aisle which sells gluten free and organic products.
Mega Super is the lesser known of the 4 grocery stores in Playas del Coco because it’s tucked away in one of the plazas where Banco Popular is, more outside of town.
This market is air-conditioned, smaller than the others but if you know what days to go, you can find some great deals.
One random day each month, Mega Super has a 20% off of everything. Meat, fruit, vegetables, cleaning supplies, pet food, yup, everything. The key is finding out what day the sale is however.
They don’t advertise it and you only find out my word of mouth. We were lucky to come into the market on one of the 20% off days and stocked up on a ton of stuff!
On Fridays, they have 50% off certain meats like ground beef, chicken breast and more which is awesome because meat is fairly expensive here. On Saturdays, they have a huge discount on vegetables that are the lowest I’ve ever seen, even at the farmer’s market in Coco. A kilo of tomatoes is 375 colones which is about 75 cents for 2.2 lbs.
Super Luperon is located right across the street from Auto Mercado and was one of the original supermarkets in town.
A little history to promote local businesses: Luperon is owned by a local Coco family for the past 30 years and has grown from a small pulperia to the large market it is.
They have random sales but they also sell house items, some toys and upstairs is a stationary/gift store and they also have a flower store.
During the year, they have a raffle to win prizes and a Wine Club. Yeison usually likes coming here to buy beer because they have more promotions and it is cheaper by the can and also by the pack.
They also have a fairly wide selection but their meat and drinks department is not quite as stocked as the others. You can find little Luperons (we call them Luperoncito) in Pueblito Norte in front of Las Palmas and on the way to Playa Hermosa.
Super Compro is located on the corner in downtown Coco where you turn left onto the road to Playa Ocotal.
Inside the market there is a little diner called “Gusticos” that serves typical Costa Rican food for a good price.
Super Compro also has random sales except sometimes they have promotions on certain items that you will see in the sign out front or playing on one of the advertisement speaker cars.
We have seen some items that were cheaper at Super Compro than the other markets such as chips and bread.
However, the cashiers at Super Compro are usually slower so we don’t go here if we see a long line.
There are a few smaller ones but don’t stock as much stuff and you’ll see little pulperias in the neighborhoods.
Coco Palms market is open 24/7 so it’s great if you want a snack or a beer in the middle of the night or out with friends and that’s right on the beach.
Since there are a good handful of grocery stores in Playas del Coco, we don’t usually stick to just one market, especially if we know there are sales but to get the best prices and best quality.
We know Super Compro sells the Spoon chocolate cake that we love for cheaper so we always go there. Or that Auto Mercado is best for vegetables. Anything you are looking for, as a tourist or a resident, you’ll be able to find at any of the grocery stores in Playas del Coco and they’re all located within a kilometer or two of each other.
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