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Bunch March 4th, 2006 07:49 PM

What do you buy in Western Caribbean ports?
I am a power shopper - but our house is full and I really only want to bring home treasures from our cruise.

Does anyone have recommendations for "must buy" items? For example, anything that would be fun to buy and show as a souvenir of our trip? We're taking RCCI Mariner to Western Caribbean in a week (Haiti, Jamaica, Cayman, Cozumel).


jacobs1617 March 5th, 2006 09:11 AM

pictures be would be your best bet to show off, most of the items you buy like clothes jewelry will be very cheap unless you want vannilla or something the region specializes in , enjoy the culture and the people and have a blast

swannyb March 5th, 2006 09:31 AM

If you look around while in Jamaica, you can find some nice authentic wood carvings and I've found some to be very good.

LisaK March 6th, 2006 11:12 AM

Jamaica - Blue Mountain Coffee. Local liquers.
Cozumel - Mexican vanilla. Silver, loose gemstones.

Bunch March 6th, 2006 12:22 PM

Thanks - those are great tips! We love to cook, so it might be nice to get some vanilla, and coffee too. I will keep an eye open for wood carvings as well. That would be a great souvenir. I'm just getting into beading, so loose stones may be a real treasure.

Thanks again!

LisaK March 6th, 2006 02:54 PM

Mexican vanilla is delicious - its unlike the stuff you buy in the grocery store, its stronger and sweeter you use about 1/2 what you would normally use.
Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is the about the best coffee i have found.

silver_cloud March 20th, 2006 03:08 PM

Grand Cayman - Tortega Rum Cakes - yum! Although they'll be on your cruise ship most likely.

Jamaica - great local reggae and Bob Marley gear. Island Village is the cool place to shop - it's somewhat new and you'll love it! Plus there's a Margaritaville restaurant there!

Cozumel - woven items, vanilla (awesome quality) and novelties.

san007 August 31st, 2006 05:35 PM

[/i][/b]Cozumel-Sombrero, woven poncho, wooden puppets and of course shot glasses.
Ocho Rios- Big Beach towels, there very popular where I'm from. Reggae and calypo music. That reminds me get the steel drum. They're a great buy and great wayto bring your vacation home with you. If u find this helpfu let me know. Have a great time.


silver_cloud September 1st, 2006 08:30 AM

AND ... Jamaican Jerk seasoning - how could I forget?? :shock:

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