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Mexican Beach Vacations: Shopping and Shipping Information

April 26th, 2012

One of the many reasons why a Mexico beach vacation is such a great trip idea is to enjoy the shopping opportunities. Whether you’re interested in finding gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces for your home, or if the idea of taking advantage of low prices appeals to you, you can find everything from textiles and ceramics to personalized artwork for sale in Mexican shops.

Shopping in the Ixtapa-Zihautanejo Region

As is the case in any geographically diverse country, every region in Mexico offers its own unique take on handcrafted goods. Guerrero, the state in which Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, and our own Troncones reside, is famed for its ceramic plates and dinner sets, wood sculptures, ceremonial masks, and hammocks-most of which are available through the large and open-air artisan markets.

You’ll also find a number of clothing, jewelry, and boutique-style shops in the downtown regions of both metropolitan centers. In fact, many people travel to Ixtapa specifically for the boulevard framed with shopping centers, where you can by name-brand clothes, leather goods and shoes, and artisan crafted silver jewelry.

Getting the Goods Home

When it comes to smaller, non-perishable items (like jewelry and clothes), you can usually avoid problems with bringing the items home by simply leaving a little room in your suitcase when you pack. However, when you purchase breakables, larger textiles, or furniture, your options are limited. And while it might be possible to stop by the nearest post office and send the item to your home address, the government services in Mexico probably aren’t as reliable as you want for your vacation mementos.

  • Ship Familiar Companies: FedEx does have a facilities in Guerrero, and you might also find smaller shipping companies with reputable names here. If you plan on buying large items during your stay in Mexico, find out where these companies have drop-off locations and what their prices and terms of agreement are.
  • Know What You Can’t Take: It’s illegal to put some items in your box to ship home, so know what is prohibited to put in the mail or send via FedEx. For the most part, the same things that are illegal to mail in the United States (perishable food items, firearms, endangered species paraphernalia or eggs, drugs, archaeological monuments, live plants and animals, alcohol without a permit) are illegal to mail here.
  • Ask Merchants for Assistance: Although you probably won’t be able to ask the street vendor to package and ship your items home, the higher-end retailers are accustomed to dealing with an international clientele and may be able to ship your purchase directly home. You should be able to verify the sender and get tracking information so that your purchase is secure.
  • Customs Information: There are strict regulations in place regarding taxes and fees on the items you purchase. Items for resale are subject to higher taxes, though you should be able to get a refund on your Value Added Tax if you are an international visitor and are willing to fill out the rebate forms.

Even if you plan on having your Mexican beach vacation take the form of long, lazy days in the sand and family time in your private villa, many of our guests find that a day or two spent in the nearby city centers is a great way to enjoy all that Mexico has to offer. If you anticipate buying anything that will need to be shipped home, do your research ahead of time so that you can get those items in the mail and get back to enjoying all that this incredible country has to offer.