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Shopping

Martinique MarketFrom the the duty-free ports-of-call like St. Thomas to the colourful local markets of Kingstown in St. Vincent, there is plenty to keep the shopper occupied and happy in the Caribbean.

The duty-free shops of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, bustle when cruise ships are in port. Along the streets of Charlotte Amalie you can browse or buy jewelry, clothes, electronics, liquor, and pretty much anything else that can fit into a suitcase. Retail stores occupy space in old, converted warehouses that long ago were used to store lumber and molasses.

Sint Maarten and St. Martin offer two major shopping areas; on the Dutch side: Philipsburg and and on the French: Marigot. Both are charming towns located on the water with very good shopping. Philipsburg has a greater number of shops and also has casinos. Marigot's setting is arguably more picturesque and has superior choices for dining.

In Mexico, Cancun features great shopping and has a number of malls. Two that are particularly attrcative are Kukulcãn Plaza and Plaza Caracol. These malls have a variety of stores where you can shop in cool, air-conditioned comfort. For a more traditional feel of Mexico leave the hotel zone and shop in the smaller stores in the downtown area. Shoppers will find everything from designer fashions to handicrafts.

Grand Bahama's Freeport and Lucaya areas offer tax-exempt shopping for many items. Freeport's ten-acre International Bazaar and the waterfront, six-acre Port Lucaya Marketplace are the two largest shopping facilities on the island. Good bargains can be found on perfumes (some locally produced), crystal, jewelry, cameras, china, liquor, crafts, and leather goods.

Also in The Bahamas, the Straw Market on Nassau's Bay Street continues to be popular with visitors. Here you can buy jewelry, t-shirts, carvings and, of course, straw goods.

On St. Vincent, Saturday morning market in Kingstown is not to be missed. Stalls piled high with morning fruit, brings everyone to town. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and spices from around the country can be found here. The new Kingstown fish market will also tempt you with its range of kingfish, snapper, and grouper. The downtown area is full of shopping delights well worth an afternoon's stroll down Bay and Middle streets. You can find merchants offering textiles, arts and crafts of all sorts, cameras, binoculars, Swiss watches, perfumes, crystal and bone china, gold and silver jewellery and batik.

In St. George's, Grenada, the Saturday market is on Halifax Street, just north of the Carenage. This is the place to buy the famous local spices.

Shopping Resources

Androsia Batik Factory
Since 1973 we have been using the beauty of the Bahamas as the inspiration for our batik designs and colours. We carry a full line of women's, men's, and children's apparel as well as accessories and a home line. Special orders for fabric or clothing are easily accommodated, and orders may be placed with the factory on Andros or online.

Ajanta Jewelers, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Specializing in all kinds of loose diamonds.

Beverly's, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Fine jewelry, established 1982.

Caribbean Gemological Institute
An organization of over 350 of the top jewelers in the Caribbean.

Caribbean Gems, St. Maarten

Dew Cosmetics, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Tropical bath and body products/gifts made on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Grand Jewelers, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands & Sint Maarten
Offers a vast selection of fine jewelry and watches at duty-free prices.

Island Fashions and Gifts, Bonaire
Ornaments, jewelry, apparel and more.

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
Great coffee from Jamaica.

Magnum Jewelers, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Enjoy peace of mind and security offered by the Magnum name.

Spicy Caribbee of San Juan
Spice shop in old San Juan.

Sunglasses and Discount Sunglasses
Sunglasses in 100's of styles and colors, all at discount prices.

Tradewinds Shop, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Unusual collection of practical, udseful and beautiful things.

Trident Jewelers, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Jewelry to suit any budget.

Wapishana Caribbean Gourmet, Guyana


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