Shopping in the BVI

Shopping on the British Virgin Islands can save you big bucks on brand name goods

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.

Specialty Shops

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.

If jewelry is what you're after, Virgin Gorda is known for its high-end, high-quality jewelry shops, but you can also find a few shops on Main Street in Road Town.

One of the interesting specialty retailers in the area is Blue Water Divers. This shopping venue is located within Nanny Cay, the BVI. The daily dives are decided with the help of the divers themselves, taking into account skill level and the sites that participants are yearning to see. If you have questions, call them at (284) 494-2847.

Another option is Sunny Caribbee Gallery, which is located 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) away from Blue Water Divers. The shelves at Sunny Caribbee are lined with culinary treats like hot sauces, preserves, teas, and coffees, and there are housewares available to prepare them in. In the toiletries section of the shop you'll find fragrant lotions, soaps, and other body products that smell of local flowers. Guests will find them at 119 Main Street, on Tortola.

Jost Van Dyke Scuba: Jost Van Dyke Scuba is certified to offer PADI dive courses. Whether you're a beginner signing up for the resort scuba course, or you've already been certified and looking to expand your knowledge, you can do so here. If you want to call in advance, do so at (284) 495-0271.

The following table lists more details on the specialty shops located in the BVI.

Specialty Shops In the BVI
Name Type Phone Location Island
Blossom's Florist 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
Blue Water Divers Dive Shop (284) 495-1200 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay
Boardsailing B V I Watersports Watersports Equipment Shop (284) 495-2447 Tortola Tortola
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
J R O'Neal Ltd Sporting Goods Store 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
Margo's Jewelry Boutique Jewelry Store (284) 495-5237 Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda
Play 2 Win Sports Store Sporting Goods Store (284) 494-2071 The British Virgin Islands None
Sea Side Craft Store Art Supply and Craft Store (284) 494-6020 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Sunchaser Scuba Dive Shop (284) 344-2766 Eastern part of the BVI Virgin Gorda
Sunny Caribbee Gallery Art Gallery (284) 494-2178 Downtown Road Town Tortola
The Unique Flower Shop Florist (284) 494-7907 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Thee Artistic Gallery Art Gallery (284) 495-5104 Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda
Tortola Surf Camp Surfing Gear Store (866) 421-9283 Tortola Tortola
Walters Superette & Fishing Tackle Fishing Equipment and Tackle Shop (284) 495-4663 Tortola Tortola
We Be Divin Dive Shop (284) 494-4320 Tortola Tortola

Clothing and Apparel

Enjoy shopping for clothing? You might want to try Kenny Tees -- it's located in 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. If you would like to call before booking a room, you can do so at (284) 494-6527.

A second place to consider is Pusser's Landing Store -- which is located six miles (ten kilometers) to the west-southwest of Kenny Tees. The clothing at Pusser's is centered around the Caribbean lifestyle; colorful button down and polo shirts, Bermuda shorts, and clean slacks. In addition to the main clothing line though, they also sell hats and small souvenirs like mugs and magnets. If you would like to call in advance, you can do so at (284) 494-2467.

A third place to consider is Pusser's Marina Cay Store. One of the four Pusser's stores in the British Virgin Islands, the Marina Cay location offers the same high quality clothing and products as the other stores that embody the sailor's lifestyle. If you are looking to call ahead, do so at (284) 494-2467.

Be sure to look at the following chart to see apparel shops that can be found in this area.

Clothing and Apparel In the BVI
Name Type Phone Location Island
Bolo's Department Store Department Store (284) 494-2867 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Caribbean Department Store Department Store (284) 494-3627 Downtown Road Town Tortola
DJ's Department Store Department Store (284) 494-8899 Tortola Tortola
Dawn's Shoe Salon Shoe Store (284) 494-5396 Downtown Road Town Tortola
E. A. Creque Boutique (284) 494-3368 0.3 mi. West of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Everyday Sales Department Store Department Store (284) 494-6249 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Hi Fashion Department Store Department Store (284) 494-2769 Tortola Tortola
International Department Store Department Store (284) 494-3515 Tortola Tortola
Island Department Store Department Store (284) 494-3677 The British Virgin Islands None
J & C Department Store Department Store (284) 494-3121 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Jeans N Things General Clothing Store (284) 495-7488 Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda
Kenny Tees T-Shirt Shop (284) 494-6527 Downtown Road Town Tortola
People's Shoe Store Shoe Store (284) 494-6863 Downtown Road Town Tortola
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
Said Departmentt Store Department Store (284) 494-2686 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Serendipity Boutique & Gift Shop Boutique (284) 494-5865 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Torguy Department Store Ltd Department Store (284) 494-4290 Downtown Road Town Tortola

Food and Grocery

Got the munchies? Tico Wine & Spirit Merchants is situated in downtown Road Town. If it will get the party started, Tico has it, from beers and hard liquors to wine, champagne, and even soda. Call over the phone or place your order on-line and have the party brought directly to you. You can call them at (284) 494-2211.

Another possibility is Rite Way, which is found 0.6 mi. (1.0 km) from 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're looking to call before you go, 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. For customers who want to call in advance, you can do so at (284) 495-6765.

Take a minute to read the following chart to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores In the BVI
Name Type Phone Location Island
Bobby's Supermarket Grocery Store (284) 495-2140 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Brewleys Bakery Fast Food Cake & Ice Cream Parlour 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
Dotsie's Bakery Bakery (284) 495-9667 Anegada Anegada
La Baguette Bakery & Pastry Shop Bakery (284) 494-5717 Downtown Road Town Tortola
M & M Bakery Bakery (284) 495-5054 Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda
Mangrove Bakery & Snack Bar 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
OneMart Superstore 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
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
Wine Cellar & Bakery Bakery (284) 495-5250 Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda

Duties, Taxes, and Tips

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.

 

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