We are planning a cruise next April and will be in Aruba and Barbados til 11 and 10pm respectively. I am just wondering what the shop hours are for these islands as I don't want to waste time shopping when I could be exploring the islands but also don't want to miss out esp on any local goodies! Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I think you will find that as long as the cruise ships are in port, the shops will be open. I would think you could shop until early evening and still get some other activities in during the day. What time to you get to these ports?
The ship is in at 8am. But the shops open til ships leave are not always the case. We have found that out and because of that don't want to miss out again. If I knew the stores would stay open til 9 or 10pm then I don't have a problem. If it comes down to seeing the island and doing things vs shopping then shopping will lose but I'd like to be able to do some of both.
You will find in Aruba the most independent attitude toward shoppers from the cruise ships. This even though this is probably one of the top three shopping destinations. Even though you arrive at 8 am the shops will not open until 10 am . There is also the possibility that some will close for an hour or two in the midday. Most will close by 6pm regardless of how late your ship is in town. Go out to the beach or touring for most of the day, come back to the ship in the late afternoon and catch a little shopping for an hour or two before 6pm. If you go back out in the evening head out for one of the casinos or a happening place like Iguana Joe's for food and drink.
Bridgetown Barbados is not a shopping Mecca like most of the rest of the Caribbean.
The downtown area always reminds me of the way downtown Yonker NY looked 35 years ago. The absolute best shopping is in the port facility itself and in the outdoor
shopping just outside the main port building. Save your time for other things
in Barbados. Go to the beach, swim , snorkel, tour the caves or countryside of this beautiful island. Come back to the ship in the late afternoon and do all your shopping (if you must) right inside or just outside the port building. If you do go out again , get a recommendation for a bar or club to visit for an hour or two in the evening. Some of the shops in the port building will close at 6 even if the ship remains in port later.