What to shop for when you don't need the usual suspects
We are traveling the southern Caribbean (San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados) and are wondering what special shopping opportunities exist that canít be found at home or on the internet. Neither my DW or I are not big jewelry fans (well, maybe a new watch) nor do we need to stock up on duty free alcohol. I canít think of any ďmust haveĒ electronics I would want to haul back to US soil and the purchase of cigars could lead to divorce. Ruling all those out, whatís left to shop for other than souvenirs? We would like to buy something special to the islands we visit, but donít know what to watch for (or how to price it in advance for bargaining power).
[I hope we are not as boring as this makes us look]
We also are not shoppers or souvenir hunters, so we usually look for a shell or different stone that we can write on with date and name of place and we now have a basket full of shells & stones which reminds us of the places we've traveled to.
Next cruise Nov 5, 2007 to Bermuda and Caribbean.
In St. Maarten stop by the Guavaberry Emporium for a free sample of Guavaberry liquore, its yummy, makes a great Colada, you can only get it on St. Maarten. There is also this great yummy cake that you can only buy on St. Maarten, my memory fails me right now about it. IF you have a special perfume you like you can get some good deals on that in St. Maarten -costmetics, fine irish linens also.
St. Thomas - go into downtown Charlotte Amalie - lots of local craft vendors
I second Sid's post. There are always good local artists and finding their work is part of the fun, too.
In Cozumel we veered off the regular shopping paths, down some small out of the way streets, to find a music store. My son was in the market for a guitar from Mexico and in addition to finding one, we spent some time with the owner of the music store.
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
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RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
I like to buy nautical xmas ornaments (mostly boats) with the name of the island on it.
Also, I like to buy a nice coffee table book of the island or American port of call. The pictures are usually wonderful and gives you a nice history on the island.
2008 Liberty OTS (Caribbean)
2007 Summit (Alaska)
2006 Century, Infinity (Panama Canal), Summit (Hawaii)
2005 Millenium, Voyager of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas B2B
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2003 Horizon (Bermuda), Summit
2002 Explorer of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas (Caribbean)