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Caribbean Shopping

The Caribbean is renowned for its world-class shopping. Learn what makes each of the Caribbean islands a unique shopping experience.

 

Caribbean Shopping By Lisa Mullins Bishop, Caribbean Edge Staff Writer

Many of the Caribbean islands are known for their duty-free and even tax-free shopping. Luxury goods, designer fashions, jewelry, cigars, and liquor are to be had for much less than you would pay at home. There are also other bargains to be had in the Caribbean--the opportunity to buy items native to or hand-crafted in the Caribbean islands. Here’s a listing of some items you might want to look for in your Caribbean shopping travels:

Anguilla Shopping

Many local artists, including the potter and sculptor Courtney Devonish, sell their art in local shops. Crafts to look for include tablecloths and linens, hand-crafted mats, pottery, and painted woodcarvings. There are a number of boutiques selling European fashions. More about Anguilla Shopping »

Antigua Shopping

St. John’s is the main shopping area on the island and the farmers market held there is well worth a stop. Visitors will find duty-free shopping for British woolens and linens, as well as locally made products like pottery straw work, rum, shell curios, and hand-made dolls. More about Antigua Shopping »

Aruba Shopping

There’s no sales tax on items purchased in Aruba. If you’re looking for designer fashions, luxury goods like jewelry, china, and crystal, you’ll find it here. Cigar aficionados will find plenty of hand-rolled cigars to keep them happy. More about Aruba Shopping »

Bahamas Shopping

The Bahamas are known for its Straw Market, where visitors will find handbags, woven mats, hats, and other straw items. The Bahamas offer duty-free shopping on designer fashions and European luxury goods like perfumes, crystal, china, glass, and jewelry. More about Bahamas Shopping »

Barbados Shopping

As you would expect of an island with strong ties to Britain, Barbados offers shoppers wonderful bargains on British goods such as bone china and crystal from England and Ireland, as well as luxury goods like watches, jewelry, and perfume. The island is also known for its excellent selection of antiques, especially British antiques. Local items that you’ll want to look for include pottery, shell art, handprinted fabrics, handmade dolls, and glass art. Barbados rum has a distinctive flavor and Mount Gay Rum is a well-known name and a favorite souvenir of visitors. If you want to learn more about how it's made, stop at the Mount Gay Rum Visitors Site for an interactive tour of the process. More about Barbados Shopping »

Bermuda Shopping

This island is well known for the quality of its shopping opportunities. There’s a number of upscale department stores in Hamilton and St. George. Jewelry, china, porcelain, British woolens, silverware, liquor are all duty free. The Bermuda Perfumery is a favorite stop for many visitors, who enjoy the guided tour of the perfume-making process. Visitors can also purchase Lili Perfume, the Perfumery’s signature scent. If you’ve tried the Dark and Stormy libations served at many Bermuda restaurants and bars, you’ll want to bring home some Gosling’s rum so you can mix one up at home with ginger beer. The ubiquitous Outerbridge sherry peppers are another condiment you’ll want to bring back. Visitors can also purchase the work of a number of local watercolor artists to grace the walls of their living room. More about Bermuda Shopping »

British Virgin Islands Shopping

Here you’ll find bargains on British goods like woolens, china, crystal, and porcelain as well as on locally made straw goods. Another interesting souvenir is a BVI stamp. It is the only British Commonwealth stamp sold in a denomination of U.S. currency.

Cayman Islands Shopping

These islands are duty-free and tax-free and visitors can select from luxury goods like jewelry, china, porcelain, Swiss watches, and other items. Locally produced items you might want to bring home include woven straw baskets, hammocks, jewelry made of conch shells, coral, or caymanite, a marblelike stone from the cliffs of Cayman Brac. More about Cayman Islands Shopping »

Curacao Shopping

Curacao has a long relationship with the Netherlands, so shoppers will find bargains on Delftware, clogs, cheeses, and other items from the Netherlands. One of the islands most famous exports is Curacao liqueur made from the laraha fruit, a variety of orange. Amstel beer, the only beer made with distilled sea water, is produced here as well. If you get the chance, visit the Floating Market. Vendors from Venezuela bring their boats filled with fruits, vegetables, fish, and handicrafts to the island and then sell their merchandise directly from their boats. More about Curacao Shopping »

Dominican Republic Shopping

Throughout the island shoppers will find boutiques selling the designs of native son, Oscar de La Renta. Cigars are another popular item: Fuente cigars, handmade in Santiago, and those from the Ciabo Valley are the most sought after. Locally made products include embroidery, fabric dolls, leather goods, mahogany and cedar handicrafts, Dominican rum, and coffee. The Dominican Republic is one of the few places in the Western Hemisphere where amber can be found. Much of it is made into beautiful jewelry. You’ll also find jewelry that showcases the locally found stone, larimar, a blue stone similar to turquoise. If you intend to purchase either amber or larimar jewelry, you’ll want to seek out an established jeweler to ensure that what you are purchasing is genuine. More about Dominican Republic Shopping »

Grenada Shopping

One of the most popular souvenirs that visitors bring home from “Spice Island” is a woven basket filled with the spices that earned the island its nickname: cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg. Visitors can also select spice necklaces as well. One good place to find these items is the Craft and Spice market on Grand Anse Beach; another is Market Square on St. George’s. Other popular local products include straw baskets and hats, sisal items, and woodcarvings, handmade fabric dolls, and coral jewelry. More about Grenada Shopping »

Jamaica Shopping

Visitors to Jamaica can choose from a variety of native foodstuffs as take-home treats. Jamaica’s Blue Mountain and High Mountain coffees are well known, as is Tia Maria, the coffee-flavored liqueur made on the islands. The famous jerk seasoning (a blend of Scotch bonnet peppers, allspice, and other herbs) and Pickapeppa Hot Sauce will help you recreate Jamaican cuisine at home. Other popular souvenirs include Jamaican rum, woodcarvings, woven baskets, and handmade sandals. More about Jamaica Shopping »

Puerto Rico Shopping

Local craftsmen are known for the quality of their work. Santos, the handcarved and painted religious figures are a popular item as are cuatros, the handmade 10-string guitars. Many visitors seek out the hand-rolled cigars and rum for which Puerto Rico is well known. Spanish style jewelry, mundillo lace, papier-mâché festival masks and mahogany items are other locally produced items favored by travelers. More about Puerto Rico Shopping »

St. Barts Shopping

Sophisticated St. Barts is more like the south of France than the Caribbean, and visitors will find exquisite French and Italian fashions and other luxury goods, all of it duty-free. Wine connoisseurs can visit La Cave in Marigot, which stocks 300,000 bottles of wine in a cave. There are a number of other wine merchants who also store their wine inventory in St. Barts' caves. The tiny town of Corossol is known for its beautiful straw works. Downtown Gustavia is the island’s main shopping center and its streets are lined with numerous boutiques and shops. More about St. Barts Shopping »

St. Croix Shopping

In addition to the duty-free shops, there are a number of others that sell local crafts like Caribbean art, jewelry, fashions, furniture, and rum. The towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted are the main shopping areas. More about St. Croix Shopping »

St. Kitts Shopping

Caribelle batik is a well-known maker of batik and visitors to their store will find a wonderful selection from which to choose. Pareus used as beach wraps are a very popular item as well. There are also some duty-free shops selling china, crystal, perfume, jewelry, and liquor. More about St. Kitts Shopping »

St. Lucia Shopping

The duty-free shops are a favorite of visitors, because of the bargains they offer on luxury goods. But there are a number of locally made items that tourists will want to look for as well including straw work, unglazed clay pottery, wood, shell art, batik, cane furniture, coffee, cocoa, spices, and bottled hot sauces. More about St. Lucia Shopping »

St. Martin Shopping

The island of St. Martin is well known for its shopping. The duty-free shops are the biggest draw for visitors. Here they’ll find European fashions, jewelry, perfume, china, porcelain, watches, Italian leather, and liquor. The island also has some wonderful craftsmen and visitors often seek out shop selling their products like cane furniture ceramics, embroidered linens, straw goods, and pareus. More about St. Martin Shopping »

St. Thomas Shopping

This is one of the shopping capitals of the Caribbean and a major port of call for cruise ships. The main street of the picturesque town of Charlotte Amalie is a shopping mecca. Here you’ll find duty-free shopping on liquor, linens, china, crystal, jewelry, designer fashions, perfume, and other luxury goods. Locally produced goods include native shell jewelry, carved calabash bowls, straw brooms, woven baskets, and handmade dolls. More about St. Thomas Shopping »

St. Vincent Shopping

This quiet tranquil island is a good place to find high-quality woven grass mats. More about St. Vincent Shopping »

Trinidad Shopping

The famous Angostura Bitters are made on this island and most visitors will want to carry some back home. Another well-known product is Old Oak or Vat 19 rum. The shops of Trinidad also sell exquisite Asian and East Indian silks and cottons.

Turks Shopping

These “undiscovered” islands are known for their metalwork, handmade dolls, straw baskets, and woodcarvings. More about Turks & Caicos Shopping »

Shopping by Island:

Anguilla
Antigua
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Bermuda
Cayman
Curacao
Dominican Republic
Grenada
 Grenadines
Jamaica
Mexico
Puerto Rico
St. Barts
St. Croix
St. John
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
 St. Maarten
St. Martin
St. Thomas
Tobago
Tortola
Turks & Caicos
Virgin Gorda




Anguilla
Antigua
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Bermuda
Cayman
Curacao
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Grenadines
Jamaica
Mexico
Puerto Rico
St. Barts
St. Croix
St. John
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten
St. Martin
St. Thomas
Tobago
Tortola
Turks & Caicos
Virgin Gorda