We're heading to Cozumel, Isla Roatan and Belize, wondering about little gifts/souvenirs I can get there (wanting to put a little of my money into the local economy).
I'm hoping not to exploit their natural resources, though - don't want to contribute to their problems, lol -so no mahogany, black coral, etc.
Anyone shopped in these places who can give advice on more eco-friendly local wares/crafts? Also, are there certain "endangered" things besides the above that I should be sure to AVOID buying?
I went to Cozumel last year and they shopping was so much fun. They do alot of wood carvings (my husband came home with a rain stick) and I loved the silver jewelry. We found lots of great gifts for friends and families.
A tip.... bring US cash. You can work the prices down on a lot of goods with the offer of cash.
Bermuda.... Crown Dynasty 6/2000
Cozumel.... Carnival Fascination 2/2002
Bermuda....Celebrity Horizon 5/2004
Looking forward to my next cruise.... 6/2005
Bring lots of one dollar bills, they really prefer American money. Plus the bargaining will be better. We bought silver, blankets, and onyx elephants the last time we were there. If you go to a local grocery store then the Kahula is so cheap. I think we paid $4. US
for the big bottle, so we brought a few bottles home. Make sure you bargain with them.