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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Better Quality BEDDING and SHEETS in Costa Rica (where to find)

Most of the bedding I've found in Costa Rica doesn't seem to even have a "thread count' on it so Goddess only knows what it is and it often is quite rough and scratchy and often the elastic on the bottom sheet doesn't last long (that's been MY experience). Costa Rica is REALLY lacking in GOOD QUALITY bedding/sheets for sheet snobs like myself (my bed (a complete memory foam bed with NO coils [coils in a bed are REALLY BAD for anyone with High Blood Pressure, Pain and/or Arthritis!!!!]) is my SANCTUARY and I use soft/sensuous sheets of 600+ thread counts and have the MOST LUSCIOUS blanket I've EVER found (from Orotex below)!! I sleep so little so when I do, I want it to be a MAGICAL experience!!!

Finding special/cool sheets - hahahahhahaha!!!

Below is a list of some places where I've found bedding of at least 200 count (again - finding thread count listed on sheets in CR is RARE so we start with what we have to!!).

The BEST QUALITY in bedding for the BEST PRICE I get them online at: http://Overstock.com/18451/static.html?CID=134045&fp=f&TRACK=emailcusts & have people bring them to me! Shipping of your WHOLE order within the U.S. is just $1!! They also have AMAZING prices for Memory Foam Toppers which are shipped quite tightly and I’ve had people bring me king size ones in their suitcase! I just ordered some 330 Thread Count Solid Sateen Sheet Set for just $23!!

NOW LOCATED IN PAVAS (2-290-8631 / 2-291-8633) / HomeAndDressClub@gmail.com)
They are an outlet for Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Calvin Kline, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Hotel Collection+ and often have sales of 20-60% Off!!!
DIRECTIONS: 100 East of La Artistica, carretera a Pavas, contiguo a Fiesta Centro.
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm.

(2-282-8653 / 2-282-8712 / http://TropicalBedAndBath.com / info@tropicalbed.com)
They have all types of thread counts (their website indicates 200-650 count!!), and for extra deep and extra-extra deep mattresses. Katrina said they had some REALLY NICE QUALITY sheets!!
DIRECTIONS: Santa Ana – Their ad shows it’s off the Pista at the Santa Ana/Airport exit. Turn Right towards Pozos. At the street where the MATRA heavy duty trucks/equipment rental/sales is (across from Bosques de Lindora), turn Right and back a bit is a little office space in Bodega Los Higuerones – Local #3.
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 9:30 to 7pm and Sun. 10am-5pm

(2-228-8085 / MichelleG@racsa.co.cr)
Decent quality bedding at pretty good prices.
OWNER: Michelle Giustiniani Reyes.
DIRECTIONS: Guachipelin - Plaza Mundo, Locales 2y3
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 9:30am-6:30pm

(2-223-9553 / http://BedsBathAndMore.com / info@BedsBathAndMore.com)
Wally and Todd with Hotel Bula Bula in Plaza Grande (near Tamarindo / http://HotelBulaBula.com [old buds from my San Francisco days]) SWEAR by this store!! I went and didn’t find anything I wanted to buy but it could be. They do have some sheets up to 400 count but we noticed some from KMart.
DIRECTIONS: San Jose - Paseo Colon in the plaza where Quiznos is (Costado Sur?), diagonal a Toyota Purdy Motors.
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 9:30am-6pm Sun. 10am-5pm

SILVER THREADS Fine Linen and Towels - The store is no longer but you can still get these high end/high quality European sheets (hence HIGH $$$) privately from the owner. Email me at LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com for the direct contact.

(2-288-1512 /
Slightly flawed Queen and King size, 400 thread count sheets for 21,500 and 27,250-c. Hazel (thanx Krysia)
DIRECTIONS: Escazu - Plaza Tabriz - 600 mts south of MultiPlaza
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm

Ojochal - (2-786-5118 ext. 3 / RoyalPalmInteriors@gmail.com)
Import BAMBOO SHEETS. They are incredibly soft and have an extra deep fitted sheet to accommodate mattresses up to 15” deep. Everyone who has purchased LOVES them!!!
CONTACT: Shelagh Duncan
LOCATION: Ojochl is 30k south of Dominical
HOURS: Tues-Sat 10-5.


Another option is to buy things online/on the internet/web & have friends/family bring them to you. You can have them shipped to you & though the item could be cheap, they often are in oversized boxes hence there will often be a fee for such oversized boxes.

For this type of option go to:


(under 250/300 count [more like 100-200 or not numbered and ROUGH])

(2-222-4627 / orotex@racsa.co.cr)
The bedding and bath department and the nice showroom featuring their higher quality fabrics is now located across the street (white building with like a terra cotta trim) of MY FAVORITE fabric store. They're starting to carry some numbered tc sheets (I don't think I've found them over 350tc yet though), they have towels for pretty good prices, a few decorative bathroom things as well as off and on they have some curtains that I LOVE for GREAT prices!! Of course it’s not the high quality I’m used to but the towels I bought here are better than most I’ve found in Costa Rica. The MOST SENSUOUS blanket I have EVER felt I found at Orotex for under $35 for a King!! DELICIOUS!!! Francisco is one of my main buds there (he speaks some English). Gustavo Jop and a few other family members up front speak GOOD English.
DIRECTIONS: San Jose - Calles 38-40 Ave. 4 (about 1/2 block South/East of ARCR)
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8am-12:30pm and 1:30-6pm (note that USUALLY they do NOT re-open at 1:30pm so don't rush in!!)


Aliss - Lower thread count but some cooler styles


PriceSmart has some 200-ish thread count sheets but mainly in white.

PEQUEÑO MUNDO (http://PequenoMundo.com / 2- 2801200-main office in Curridabat)
CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP - LOW quality, chachkis – like a dime-store. GOOD for some things like hammers & screw drivers, things like end tables/stands (I have bought a LOT of tose here), kitchen things, sets of dishes for $20. They also have REALLY LOW quality clothes (though I have found some cool silk things there before), towels, sheets+ – all cramed into a small space.
For more about Pequeno Mundo see my post at:

If you know of ANY stores that carry some good quality sheets &/or cool bedspreads/comforters, etc. - PLEASE e- me at LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com



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