The Cayman Islands is one of the most visited watersports destinations in the world, with diving being a top activity. Still, there is more than enough to keep vacationers occupied on solid ground. Shopping for souvenirs and discounted goods is one way to spend some of your time.
The cost of living in the Cayman Islands tends to be higher than many places in the United States, and the United States Dollar (USD) is worth 20 percent less than the Cayman Islands Dollar (CI).
The best shopping in the Cayman Islands is found in Georgetown, where a good selection of duty free, luxury items can be purchased. These are often discounted up to 30 percent, but it helps to know how much you would be spending back home so you can determine if you are getting a good deal or not. Most of the shops here are located within walking distance of the cruise terminal, which makes it a very popular shopping locale. Malls such as the are located in the heart of Georgetown if department store shopping is your desire.
In addition to the major shopping center that is George Town, dozens of other smaller shopping complexes can be found in other towns throughout the Caymans. Grand Harbour Centre is one of the islands' newer facilities. The Countryside Shopping Village is located in Savannah.
The best way to ensure that you are picking up a locally made craft is by visiting the. Not only is it a great location to browse carts set up by local vendors, but the park like setting provides a place for a relaxing stroll. The Farmer's Market Cooperative is another location where you can support local vendors, by purchasing everything from produce to crafts.
Despite the lower value of the U.S. Dollar in the Cayman Islands, there are plenty of deals to be had. The products with the best value will be high quality goods from foreign countries that are often deeply discounted, and locally made handicrafts.
Like anywhere else in the Caribbean, you will find fun souvenirs in the Cayman Islands, such as key chains, shot glasses, t-shirts, post cards, and coffee mugs with the words “Cayman Islands.” These are affordable, widely available, and great options for you to bring home. Perhaps you are looking for something a little more unique. Artwork, shell jewelry, wood carvings and woven items make for excellent take homes, as well as bath and beauty products such as soaps, perfumes, and facial scrubs. Recently, underwater photography has begun to take off, so be on the lookout for art galleries that feature these unique prints. Don't forget the edible items, like the oh-so-popular rum cakes, jams and jellies, seasons and salts, and locally distilled rums.
If you're hoping to find some souvenirs you should think about visiting Too Hot Downtown, which is located within downtown Georgetown. A nice mixture of fun apparel, souvenirs, and gifts, Too Hot is all about offering shoppers unique options and are particularly proud of their T-Shirt selection. If you would like to call ahead, you can do so at (345) 949-7428.
Another option is Blue Iguana Souvenir Outlet, which is located within a mile to the southeast of Too Hot Downtown. It would be impossible to list everything sold at Blue Iguana, but there are a few things you will definitely find there, including classics like island-style t-shirts and caps, magnets, coffee mugs, post cards, and shot glasses. They're on South Church Street .
A third place to consider is One 345 Swanky Shack. On the racks and shelves here you'll find clothing, accessories, and souvenirs that define the island. They are located at 65 North Church Street, on Grand Cayman.
Check the following table for more information.
|American Greetings||(345) 949-0442||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|(345) 945-3637||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Blue Iguana Souvenir Outlet||(345) 943-5000||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Caymania Duty Free||(345) 949-4380||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|(345) 947-7790||East End, Western part of the Cayman Islands|
|(345) 945-2160||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|(345) 947-0737||East End, Western part of the Cayman Islands|
|(345) 945-1907||Seven Mile Beach|
|(345) 949-7229||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|(345) 949-1177||Grand Cayman|
|Harley Davidson Grand Cayman||--||Downtown Georgetown|
|(345) 949-1237||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|(345) 943-4438||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|(345) 945-4024||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|One 345 Swanky Shack||(345) 949-3080||Downtown Georgetown|
|Pure Art Gallery and Gifts||(345) 949-9133||1.2 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Georgetown|
|(345) 949-9059||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Too Hot Downtown||(345) 949-7428||Downtown Georgetown|
|Too Hot Westshore||(345) 949-7428||Seven Mile Beach|
|(345) 946-6292||0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Seven Mile Beach|
While locally made goods will undoubtedly provide visitors with the best deals, cameras and camera accessories are also available at excellent prices. Jewelry is another option. Name brands such as Bacarrat, Cartier, Gucci, Lalique, Tiffany, and Versace are available at discounted prices throughout the Caymans.
One of the area's popular speciality shops is Eden Rock Diving Center. This venue is located within Georgetown, in western the Cayman Islands. Guided dives leave each day at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. A one tank dive takes about 90 minutes, and a two tank dive, about three hours. Find them at 124 South Church Street, on Grand Cayman.
Another good option is Lobster Pot Dive Center, which is located less than a mile away from Eden Rock Diving Center. Lobster Pot Dive Center is open from 7:00am until 5:00pm Monday through Saturday, and until 4:00pm Sunday. Find them at 245 North Church Street , on Grand Cayman.
Deep Blue Divers: Deep Blue offers daily dives to some of the top underwater attractions in the area, including the Kittiwake Wreck, Stingray City, the Cayman Wall, and more. Stingray City in particular is perfect for new divers because it only goes 12 feet deep, and snorkelers can take advantage of this location as well. Guests will be able to find them at 245 North Church Street, on Grand Cayman.
Be sure to look at this table to learn more about specialty shops available.
|Artifacts Ltd||Antiques and Used Merchandise Dealer||(345) 949-2442||Downtown Georgetown|
|Balaclava Jewellers Ltd||Jewelry Store||(345) 945-5788||0.5 mi. North of Central Seven Mile Beach|
|Bodden Town Art Shop||Art Gallery||(345) 943-2827||Bodden Town|
|Cathy Church Underwater Photo Gallery||Art Gallery||(345) 949-7415||0.8 mi. South West of Downtown Georgetown|
|Cayman Diving College||Dive Shop||(345) 945-1611||Georgetown|
|Cayman Islands National Gallery||Art Gallery||(345) 945-8111||Seven Mile Beach|
|Deep Blue Divers||Dive Shop||(345) 916-1293||Georgetown|
|Divers Down||Dive Shop||(345) 945-1611||Georgetown|
|Divers Supply||Dive Shop||(345) 949-7621||Seven Mile Beach|
|Divers World||Dive Shop||(345) 949-8128||1.2 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown|
|Divetech at Lighthouse Point||Dive Shop||(345) 949-1700||West Bay, Western part of the Cayman Islands|
|Eden Rock Diving Center||Dive Shop||(345) 949-7243||0.3 mi. South West of Downtown Georgetown|
|Effy Jewelers Georgetown||Jewelry Store||(345) 945-9003||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Happy Fish Divers||Dive Shop||(345) 547-5699||West Bay|
|Indigo Divers||Dive Shop||(345) 525-3932||Grand Cayman|
|Kennedy Gallery/Cayman Fine Art||Art Gallery||(345) 949-8077||1.7 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown|
|Lobster Pot Dive Center||Dive Shop||(345) 946-8685||0.5 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown|
|Sandon Feat Gallery||Art Gallery||(345) 949-7263||Seven Mile Beach|
|Topaz Handcrafted Jewellery||Jewelry Store||(345) 949-7661||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Waterman Cayman Surf||Surfing Gear Store||(345) 769-7873||0.7 mi. South of Central Seven Mile Beach|
Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? You might want to visit Lladro Boutique -- which is located in downtown Georgetown. All Lladro pieces are hand crafted and must meet the highest standards before being fired, painted, and sent on to boutiques around the world. When you tour this shop in the Cayman Islands, you'll find a wide array of figurines and home decor. If you have questions and want to call ahead, you can do so at (345) 949-7477.
A second option is Devil's Hangout -- which is located 6.1 mi. (9.9 km) from Lladro Boutique. Experience hell for yourself Monday through Thursday, 7:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. The property is situated at 77 Hell Road, on Grand Cayman.
A third apparel shop you might want to visit is Atlantic Kids Clothing. Since Atlantic Department Stores unveiled their line of children's clothing in 2000, they've had everything needed to cloth everyone in the family, from babies on up to adults. You'll find undergarments, clothing, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories available here.
Take a minute to read this table for a listing of apparel shops serving the Cayman Islands.
|Boutique||(345) 946-6464||2.0 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown|
|Boutique||(345) 949-4620||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Atlantic Department Store||Department Store||(345) 945-5824||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Atlantic Kids Clothing||Department Store||--||Grand Cayman|
|Boutique||(345) 949-7477||Downtown Georgetown|
|Cayman Shoe Shop||Shoe Store||(345) 945-7414||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Boutique||(345) 949-0084||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Devil's Hangout||T-Shirt Shop||(345) 945-3322||1.0 mi. West of Central West Bay|
|Boutique||(345) 947-2492||1.9 mi. West of Central Savannah|
|Funky Monkey||General Clothing Store||(345) 943-8659||0.5 mi. North of Central Seven Mile Beach|
|Boutique||(345) 949-1063||West Bay|
|Boutique||(345) 945-7926||2.0 mi. West of Central Bodden Town|
|Boutique||(345) 945-4208||0.5 mi. North of Central Seven Mile Beach|
|Boutique||(345) 949-7431||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Lladro Boutique||Boutique||(345) 949-7477||Downtown Georgetown|
|Boutique||(345) 949-9628||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Boutique||(345) 945-7074||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Boutique||(345) 949-6513||Downtown Georgetown|
|Boutique||(345) 949-8128||1.2 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown|
|Boutique||(345) 949-6313||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
Want to check out some local food offerings? Premier Wines & Spirits is found within Georgetown, in western the Cayman Islands. A company that cares about selling its customers the top wine and spirits out there, Premier has a knowledgeable staff and a wide selection that will appeal to even the most discerning connoisseur. To reach them, call (345) 943-3333.
A second option is Hurley's Marketplace, which is found a short distance away to the southeast of Premier Wines & Spirits. The store is kept stocked with several thousand items from North America, Europe, and Asia in order to allow for variety in the kitchen. Certified Angus beef is sold in the meat department, while you can also buy locally caught seafood and fresh produce. They are located at 1053 Shamrock Road , on Grand Cayman.
Cayman Taffy Company: Cayman Taffy Company offers over 20 taffy flavors as well as a number of chocolate treats, toffee, peanut brittle, and caramel popcorn. Every piece of candy is made in the Cayman Islands, so you know that you will enjoy quality and freshness with every bite. If you would like to call ahead of time, you can do so at (345) 943-2333.
Take a minute to read this table for more information about your options.
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(345) 948-8186||West End||Cayman Brac|
|Billy's Supermarket||Grocery Store||(345) 948-1321||Cayman Brac||Cayman Brac|
|Cayman Taffy Company||Confectionery and Nut Store||(345) 943-2333||1.2 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Grocery Store||(345) 945-3663||1.1 mi. East of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|General Nutrition Center||Nutrition and Body Care Store||(345) 945-7690||1.1 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Hurley's Marketplace||Grocery Store||(345) 947-8488||2.2 mi. East of Central Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Grocery Store||(345) 949-7022||0.6 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Coffee and Tea Store||(345) 943-3388||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Coffee and Tea Store||(345) 945-3751||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Pioneer Bakery||Bakery||(345) 948-0519||Grand Cayman||Grand Cayman|
|Premier Wines & Spirits||Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(345) 943-3333||1.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Shopsmart||Grocery Store||(345) 943-2319||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Bakery||--||0.9 mi. East of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(345) 640-9492||1.8 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(345) 945-1325||1.3 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
...Name brands... are available at discounted prices throughout the Caymans...
Though there is absolutely no sales tax in the Cayman Islands, duty fees depend upon the item that is purchased. Any item manufactured in the Cayman Islands, such as art, native crafts and jewelry, photography, and Tortuga rum cakes is duty free. It is important that you are aware that some stores in the Cayman Islands use the phrase “duty free” in their title. Do not be fooled. Only stores in the airport or at the cruise terminal are completely duty free. These other stores may have a few duty free items, but not all.
Shops in the Cayman Islands accept the legal currency, which is the Cayman Island Dollar, as well as the U.S. Dollar, traveler's checks, and major credit cards. You will find that more stores are open between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A few other tips to keep in mind are as follows:
Whatever you plan to pick up, shopping in the Cayman Islands is a must. Not only will you need to bring home souvenirs for your friends, but you'll want to make sure you choose something for yourself as well. Be it a luxury item or a handmade craft, there are many great products to be found on the islands.
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