In the current era of globalization, shopping is fast becoming similarly homogenized the world over, and Puerto Rico is no different. The island is rife with large shopping malls and outlet stores selling the same designer names you could buy at Anywhere, USA. But there is also a strong culture of artisanship in Puerto Rico, and many stores sell locally made traditional crafts and contemporary artwork in varying degrees of quality.
Haitian, Indonesian, and Indian import shops are plentiful too, as are high-end fine-jewelry stores. And thanks to Condado, San Juan is the place to go for high-end fashion, including Louis Vuitton and Cartier.
© Suzanne Van Atten from Moon Puerto Rico, 2nd Edition