Papaya Con Leche
Speciality & Gift Shops
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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EST.1998 High end clothing store with a unique customer service. We custom fit all garments to your own unique style and measurements. Think of us as your old school tailer in a modern setting. This service is only available in our flagship location in Tamarindo and of course it is invaluable when it comes to the most difficult piece in your closet; swimwear. Nothing like a custom fit bikini or one-piece. Our staff has years of training in finding you the most flattering cuts according to your body type. In addition we also offer a line of leather sandals and wedges designed by the owner Kata Kis.
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Placido
Tucson, AZ526 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Kata, the owner, is super friendly and incredibly perceptive. Based on merely looking at Vicki, she immediately chose two bathing suits and they both fit perfectly. Normally it takes hours of numerous store visits and with luck, one might be okay. We left the store with a beautiful new two piece bathing suit for mature ladies, a sun dress and a great pair of suede sandals. Kata was a complete pleasure and her boutique is like a candy store for women.
Written 25 November 2022
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GlobeTrotting308855
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Solo
I ordered online two new custom surf-style bikinis from Papaya Con Leche after refusing to let go of my originals for 10 years. As I don’t live in Costa Rica anymore, Kata got on a video call with me to see my old ones, get my exact measurements, and show me a selection of beautiful pattern options based on my style. The swimsuits are gorgeous and functional! I have lived all over the world, and Papaya Con Leche has the best tailored swimsuit service I’ve seen. Kata goes out her way to ensure she and her team get things exactly right, an even more impressive feat that she can do it virtually.
Written 4 October 2022
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Linneth L
3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
I loved my new papaya con leche sandals, and the attention is spectacular, I love that if you buy a dress and it needs a fit, they fix it right there. Thanks
Written 16 September 2022
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Katie L
3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Amazing! I love my bathing suits. Each one is specially designed and made of the highest quality material. My favorite part is that these bathing suits are both beautiful and functional. Perfect for going to the beach or just lounging by the pool. I will be a forever customer!
Written 5 February 2022
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CarlyHyman
Victoria, Canada5 contributions
Oct 2021 • Business
I first came across papaya con leche while visiting Costa Rica a few years ago. I’ve since ordered bathings suits a couple of times from Kata and she sends them in the mail to Canada. Kata goes out of her way to find and create exactly what you want. She is beyond a pleasure to communicate with and her bathing suits are gorgeous and fit beautifully. I’d give her a hundred stars if I could.
Written 21 November 2021
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Erin R
4 contributions
Feb 2021
We moved to CR because we love the beach. I’ve never been able to find suits that fit right because of my shape so I’ve always had to constantly readjust my suit, tuck things back in, etc. I would pop out when a wave hit which was embarrassing. I explained my problem to Kata & she worked with me to find a top they could make that would fit me perfectly. I’ve had them custom make that top in a bunch of colors & prints along with the bottoms. To me her suits aren’t just about how adorable they are (because they are so cute) or how well made they are, they’ve given me the freedom to jump waves, run around on the beach, enjoy the reason we moved here.
Written 27 April 2021
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Ju C
3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
handmade clothes are gorgeous and the staff is very professional and really helpful. We needed some custom modifications on one of their dress, the next day it was ready and perfect.
If you pass by, make a stop the ladies are very friendly.
Written 21 February 2020
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Karyn F
Tamarindo, Costa Rica1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
Stef helped me pick out so many dresses and beach cover ups that I loved. She was so helpful and not pushy.
When I chose my dress, she offered to have it hemmed for me by 5 pm the same day so that I could wear it the same night.
We returned at 4:50 and Kada (the owner) had already hemmed it! When she heard it was our 20th anniversary, she made reservations for us at the Langosta Beach Club.
Thank you Stef and Kada!
Written 19 February 2020
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rlh61
Harrisburg, PA17 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
If you visit Tamarindo the shop is a must.!
Selection is amazing - bathing suits, dresses, shoes, pants, etc...
Great custom suits, cute clothing as well!!
Written 6 February 2020
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Brett B
Birmingham, AL12 contributions
Jan 2020
I was in the market for a one-piece bathing suit and shopping around in Tamarindo. I stumbled across this shop and was in love with several of the fabrics, but the specific cut that I wanted didn't come in fabric I liked. So the owner of the store pulled some options. i wanted something dark -- even asked her for black at first. She pulled me out of that (she loves color, which shows in her designs!) and we landed on a dark velvet pattern with bronze accents. It's truly gorgeous. She worked with me on the price point a bit and what really blew me away is they promised to have the hand-made custom piece in less than 24 hours. When I got back to the store the next day, the suit fit perfectly. It was exquisite and I'm so glad to have it. I will order from them again online in the future, or next time I'm in Tamarindo! Highly recommend. Great handmade product and amazing customer service.
Written 16 January 2020
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We are so pleased that you had such a positive experience. Yes that particular one piece has turned out extra special. Make sure you make Us your first stop next time you are in Tamarindo. Saludos from the land of Coconuts. Warm regards Kata KIs
Written 20 January 2020
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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