The pace of life on Punta Gorda is slow and relaxed, a fact mimicked in the shopping opportunities. Instead of big malls with international chains, you'll find a few small storefronts selling jewelry and clothing and a few groceries stores as well. The best place to get local souvenirs, however, is the craft fair set up on market days, which are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
If you're looking for some souvenirs you should think about visiting Cotton Tree Chocolate, which is located in Punta Gorda. The shop uses cocoa beans grown in the Toledo District exclusively. Products you'll typically find in house include rum and coconut rum filled chocolates, cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, spicy cocoa powder, and chai cocoa powder. They can be found at 2 Front Street.
Another possibility is Maya Bags, which is found within a mile to the west of Cotton Tree Chocolate. Located just two buildings to the right of Tropic Air, this unique handbag shop was created with the idea of empowering local women to design and create accessories inspired by the ancient Mayan people and local nature. Impoverished local women are trained in the art of design and able to earn a living selling their bags. Guests will find them on Airport Road.
Take a moment to read the chart below for more information about gift and souvenir shops that can be found in this area.
|Cotton Tree Chocolate||Gift and Souvenir Shops||(501) 621-8776||0.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central Punta Gorda|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||--||Central Punta Gorda|
|Maya Bags||Gifts, Souvenirs, and Handicrafts||(501) 722-2175||Central Punta Gorda|
Two more shopping venues are shown below.
|Raju's Variety Store||(501) 722-2591||0.2 mi. South of Central Punta Gorda|
|Sophie's Giftshop||(501) 722-2279||Central Punta Gorda|
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