Have the Time of Your Life in Caribbean

Caribbean business hours can take some getting used to for many visitors

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Business hours vary throughout the Caribbean and can change with the seasons.

Many countries in the Caribbean operate on business hours different that you are probably used to experiencing at home.  In general, Caribbean businesses open between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and typically close between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

In addition, some Caribbean stores close for at least an hour in the middle of the day for lunch and are not open on Saturday afternoons, Sundays, or holidays. Some stores even operate based on the arrival and departure times of cruise ships.

Typical Hours of Operation Throughout the Caribbean
CountryWeek Day HoursWeekend HoursMidday Break
Anguilla 9 a.m to 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to noon; Closed on Sundays No
Antigua 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
Aruba 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
Bahamas 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; 9 a.m. to noon on Sundays No
Barbados 8 a.m.  to 4 p.m.; 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed on Sundays No
Belize 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to noon; Closed on Sundays Yes
Bermuda 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed on Sundays No
Cancun 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
Cayman Islands 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed on Sundays No
Curacao 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
Dominica 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
Dominican Republic 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Closed on Sundays No
Grenada 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
Guadeloupe 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
Jamaica 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Closed on Sundays No
Martinique 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
Puerto Rico 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays Yes
Saba 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
St. Kitts 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Closed on Sundays No
St. Lucia 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Closed on Sundays Yes
St. Martin 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9 a.m. to 6 pm.; Closed on Sundays No
Trinidad and Tobago 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. to noon; Closed on Sundays No
Turks and Caicos 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays No
Virgin Islands 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Closed on Sundays No

Don't let a "Closed" sign on a store front get in the way of your planned activities.  Being aware of typical business hours in the various countries of the Caribbean can help you to maximize your vacation time. 

 

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