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Old September 21st, 2005, 12:25 AM
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Default 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]

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Old September 21st, 2005, 07:38 AM
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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.
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Old September 21st, 2005, 10:26 AM
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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
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Old September 24th, 2005, 09:23 AM
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How about some local art work?

I know that in Barbados, in the building at the end of the pier, there are a few kiosks that have local artists works. We bought laminated book marks there as well as a small print.

In St. Thomas, there are any number of small shops (a large, expensive one also) that have art for sale. Try wandering down the alleyways in the main part of town, and you'll find a couple of places.

Can't comment on St. Maartin, because we shopped for jewelry there. As far as St. Lucia, there are also a couple of shops in the little shopping area across the harbor that have atr work as well.
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Old September 25th, 2005, 11:43 AM
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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.


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Old September 25th, 2005, 07:25 PM
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Hi dlm

Do you or DW collect anything? I collect owls, and I always find some new and interesting owls on our cruises.

We also buy a magnet at every port we visit. They're cheap and I like looking at them on the fridge and remembering our cruises.

Sid and Dorothy are right. Artwork is a great idea, if you have any wall space. Unfortunately, our walls are full of family pictures and inherited "stuff"!

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Thanks for all the suggestions!
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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.
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