With many bargains to find and deals to be made, many tourists head to the U.S. Virgin Islands dreaming of the money they'll save picking up brand name goods for their home, and cute handmade knick-knacks for their friends back home.
Thanks to duty free, tax-free shopping on the British Virgin Islands, you can get a lot of great deals on products that you'd typically have to drop a pretty penny on back home. Fine art, jewelry, electronics, linens, china, and perfumes are all items that tourists typically stock up on. Edible goods made locally are favored as well, from jams and jellies to spices, rubs, and hot sauces. Don't forget that spirits can be purchased duty free here as well. If you're looking for a souvenir for a friend, or something special to commemorate your time on the islands, look for a gift handmade locally. Batik, carved dolls and figurines, shell jewelry, and woven bags, baskets, and furniture are all great options.
On the British Virgin Islands, there are no traditional shopping malls, and rarely is there a store that American visitors will be familiar with. This can make shopping on the islands a fun adventure. Instead of searching for high end goods, you'll be able to focus your attention on products that were handcrafted on the islands, and gifts that truly mean something to locals.
A handful of the gift and souvenir shops located in the BVI are summarized here:
|(284) 494-5454||Virgin Gorda||Virgin Gorda|
|(284) 495-5380||Virgin Gorda||Virgin Gorda|
|(284) 494-2336||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|(284) 494-3941||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
Right along the Tortola Cruise Port is where the jewelry shops and boutiques featuring clothing and crafts are located. One of the most popular spots, located right on the water, is Crafts Alive Village. This village is a series of pastel colored wooden houses in which locals sell hand crafted wares. You might find straw hats, wooden dolls, woven baskets, pottery, and more.
Pottery is popular throughout the British isles, and there are a number of places to get it. On Tortola, check out a few shops near Nanny Cay and Trellis Bay. There are a lot of pottery shops on Anegada as well.
One of the area's more interesting specialty retailers is Blue Water Divers. They are found in Nanny Cay, the BVI. With several locations throughout the British Virgin Islands and as many custom dive boats, this dive center is one of the best trusted services around for both PADI certification training and daily dive excursions. In fact, for several years in a row now they have been voted as the "Best Dive Shop." Reach them at (284) 494-2847.
Another good option is Sunny Caribbee Gallery, which is found 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) away from Blue Water Divers. If you're on the hunt for souvenirs that are both useful and have island flare, look not further than Sunny Caribbee Gallery. More tourist hot spot than it is art gallery, products that reflect the beautiful flora and fauna of the Caribbean Islands are available here in abundance. The property is located at 119 Main Street, on Tortola.
Jost Van Dyke Scuba: Proud to be one of the only eco-tourism tour guides in the British Virgin Islands, Jost Van Dyke Scuba hosts a number of outdoor activities, but specializes in diving. In fact, they were voted the "Best Dive Company" by Captain's Magazine. Reach them at (284) 495-0271.
The chart just below has some details regarding the 19 specialty shops in the BVI.
|Florist||(284) 494-3906||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Blue Water Divers||Dive Shop||(284) 494-2847||1.9 mi. South West of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Dive Shop||(284) 495-1200||2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay||Frenchman's Cay|
|Dive BVI Leverick Bay||Dive Shop||(248) 495-7328||0.6 mi. North of Central Santu Patia||Virgin Gorda|
|Dive BVI Rosewood||Dive Shop||(248) 495-5513||0.8 mi. North of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|Dive BVI Scrub Island||Dive Shop||(248) 495-5513||Central the BVI||Scrub Island|
|Dive BVI Yacht Harbour||Dive Shop||(248) 495-5513||Spanish Town, Southeastern part of the BVI||Virgin Gorda|
|Sporting Goods Store||(284) 494-2292||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Jost Van Dyke Scuba||Dive Shop||(284) 495-0271||Jost Van Dyke||Jost Van Dyke|
|Jewelry Store||(284) 495-5237||Virgin Gorda||Virgin Gorda|
|Sporting Goods Store||(284) 494-2071||The British Virgin Islands||None|
|Art Supply and Craft Store||(284) 494-6020||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Sunchaser Scuba||Dive Shop||(284) 495-9638||Eastern part of the BVI||Virgin Gorda|
|Sunny Caribbee Gallery||Art Gallery||(284) 494-2178||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Florist||(284) 494-7907||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Art Gallery||(284) 495-5104||Virgin Gorda||Virgin Gorda|
|Surfing Gear Store||(866) 421-9283||Tortola||Tortola|
|Fishing Equipment and Tackle Shop||(284) 495-4663||Tortola||Tortola|
|We Be Divin||Dive Shop||(284) 494-4320||Tortola||Tortola|
Looking for clothing? You might want to visit Kenny Tees -- which is located within downtown Road Town. When you just aren't finding the right souvenir t-shirt for you, stop into Kenny Tees. Here, they can embroider or print whatever image, design, or slogan you want on any of your clothing items and even some other souvenir items for a low price. Customers can contact them at (284) 494-6527.
A second good option is Pusser's Landing Store -- which is found 6.1 mi. (9.8 km) from Kenny Tees. If you are looking for that Caribbean twist in your wardrobe, and maybe a bit of rum cake too, then Pusser's Landing Store is a stop for you. Selling the branded products of Pusser's visitors will find an assortment of clothing, gifts, and souvenirs. Visitors can reach them at (284) 494-2467.
A third apparel shop you might want to visit is Pusser's Marina Cay Store. The store sells a variety Pusser's products, such as its clothing line of comfortable and colorful shirts, shorts, and pants. However, they also sell a variety of other products including hats, mugs, pins, and other souvenirs. Guests can reach them at (284) 494-2467.
Glance through this table to learn more.
|Boutique||(284) 494-2433||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Boutique||(284) 494-3984||Nanny Cay||Tortola|
|Department Store||(284) 494-2867||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Department Store||(284) 494-8899||Tortola||Tortola|
|E. A. Creque||Boutique||(284) 494-3368||0.3 mi. West of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Department Store||(284) 494-6249||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Department Store||(284) 494-2769||Tortola||Tortola|
|Department Store||(284) 494-3121||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Kenny Tees||T-Shirt Shop||(284) 494-6527||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Boutique||(284) 495-9791||Marina Cay||Marina Cay|
|Pusser's Landing Store||Boutique||(284) 494-2467||2.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay||Frenchman's Cay|
|Pusser's Leverick Bay||Boutique||(284) 494-2467||0.6 mi. North of Central Santu Patia||Virgin Gorda|
|Pusser's Marina Cay Store||Boutique||(284) 494-2467||3.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Parham Town||Marina Cay|
|Pusser's Road Town Company Store||Boutique||(284) 494-2467||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Department Store||(284) 494-2686||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Boutique||(284) 494-5865||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|T-Shirt Shop||(284) 494-4851||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Department Store||(284) 494-4290||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Boutique||(284) 494-5986||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
Looking for some food? Tico Wine & Spirit Merchants is situated in downtown Road Town. More than a shop, Tico Wine & Spirit is a delivery service. If you can't get out to pick up he spirits for your next event, never fear. If you're looking to call before booking a room, you can do so at (284) 494-2211.
A second possibility is Rite Way, which is located 0.6 mi. (1.0 km) to the northeast of Tico Wine & Spirit Merchants. Stock up on all of your grocery needs as well as health and beauty, child care products, and alcohol with one of the island's leading supermarkets. They also offer provisioning. If you would like to call before making reservations, you can do so at (284) 494-2997.
Rosy's Supermarket: Rosy's is an air conditioned supermarket that sells meats, dairy, produce, dry, frozen, and cold stock as well as liquors, baby supplies, cleaning, and health care needs. They also offer provisioning, and party supplies. Visitors can reach them at (284) 495-6765.
You can look at the following chart for more information about your options.
|Grocery Store||(284) 495-2140||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Bakery||(284) 494-1093||0.8 mi. East of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Christine's Bakery||Bakery||(284) 495-9281||Jost Van Dyke||Jost Van Dyke|
|Fish and Seafood Market||--||0.6 mi. East of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Bakery||(284) 494-5717||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Bakery||(284) 495-5054||Virgin Gorda||Virgin Gorda|
|Bakery||(284) 495-2418||Parham Town||Tortola|
|Nature's Way Ltd / Nature's Nectar||Organic / Health Food Store||(284) 494-6393||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Grocery Store||(284) 494-4649||0.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Rite Way||Grocery Store||(284) 494-2997||0.6 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Rosy's Supermarket||Grocery Store||(284) 495-6765||Virgin Gorda||Virgin Gorda|
|Grocery Store||(284) 340-9282||0.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|Supa Valu||Grocery Store||(284) 494-3600||0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Tico Wine & Spirit Merchants||Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(284) 494-2211||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Bakery||(284) 495-5250||Virgin Gorda||Virgin Gorda|
The official currency on the British Virgin Islands is the U.S. Dollar, which makes purchasing an item in cash that much easier for American visitors. Although outside of the U.S. Customs Zone, tourists are allowed to return home with $1,600(USD) in duty-free goods, a number that is almost double the amount you can spent elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Shopping hours on these isles will differ by location, but in general you can expect to find shopping gets done between 9:00 a.m. And 5:00 p.m., with some shops staying open later on Friday and Saturday nights, but closing early on Sunday if they are open at all. These times all go out the window when cruise ships are docked. Because shop keepers tend to make the most sales on these days, they will often stay open as late as necessary.
It is also key that you know how to handle haggling in the British Virgin Islands. While shop personnel on other Caribbean Islands like Jamaica are known for bargaining and making deals with customers, it is practically unheard of to do it here. Still, you might encounter a shop keeper willing to slash prices in a pinch.
Thanks to high duty-free limits, it is almost a crime to return home from your trip to the British Virgin Islands empty handed. Make sure to leave room in your suitcase, because with prices like the ones you'll find here, you're sure to find goods to fill the space.
Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.