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.
If you're hoping to find some souvenirs you might enjoy a visit to Saba Rock Nautical Gift Shop, which is located on Virgin Gorda, in eastern the BVI. Once owned by famed diver Bert Kilbride, this unique shop is located on Saba Rock in the center of North Sound and a great place to purchase items recovered from shipwrecks as well as locally handmade items and jewelery. For customers who want to call before making reservations, you can do so at (284) 495-9966.
A handful of gift and souvenir shops in the BVI are listed in the following table.
|(284) 494-5454||Virgin Gorda||Virgin Gorda|
|Saba Rock Nautical Gift Shop||(284) 495-9966||2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Santu Patia||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 more interesting specialty retailers in the area is Blue Water Divers. They're located in 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. To reach them, call (284) 494-2847.
A second option is Sunny Caribbee Gallery, which is located 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 situated 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. You can call them at (284) 495-0271.
Many specialty shops located in the BVI are displayed here:
|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|
|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|
|Dive Shop||(284) 346-0024||1.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Parham Town||Beef Island|
|Fishing Equipment and Tackle Shop||(284) 495-4663||Tortola||Tortola|
|We Be Divin||Dive Shop||(284) 494-4320||Tortola||Tortola|
Want to shop for some clothing? You might want to visit 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 want to call before you go, do so at (284) 494-6527.
Another shop to consider is Pusser's Landing Store -- which is located 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. If you're looking to call before making reservations, do so at (284) 494-2467.
A third apparel shop you might enjoy 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. If you have questions and want to call before making reservations, you can do so at (284) 494-2467.
Lots of apparel shops in the BVI are provided down below.
|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) 494-3627||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Department Store||(284) 494-8899||Tortola||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|
Got the munchies? Tico Wine & Spirit Merchants is found 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. If you have questions, try calling them at (284) 494-2211.
A second option is Supa Valu, which is found within a mile to the northwest of Tico Wine & Spirit Merchants. A top grocer and provisioning service, Super Valu will help you stock up on all of your groceries and beverages without over charging. To talk to them, call (284) 494-3600.
Rite Way: 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. Call them at (284) 494-2997.
You might want to look through the table just below 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.
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