Shopping on St. Kitts

Basseterre is the retail center of St. Kitts, but other shops and markets house great deals as well

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Shopping while you're on your St. Kitts vacation is something that must be on your to do list. Not only will you enjoy hunting for locally made souvenirs for your friends and family back home, but you may also find a good deal on luxury products thanks to the island's duty free status.

Many islands in the Caribbean are known for their low prices on luxury imports. On St. Kitts, you would do well to stick to items made right there on the island. Clothing, coconut shell crafts, leather work, and woven baskets are all excellently made souvenirs.

Where to Shop

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Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean, and is the main shopping area on St. Kitts. Here, you will find a variety of shopping facilities, and in them a buffet of products. Shops around The Circus (as the town center is known) includes Island Hopper which sells Caribelle Batik clothing and accessories as well as large selections of original handcrafted items and brand-name clothes. Brown Sugar is located on Bay Road where t-shirts to designer clothes are sold. Pelican Mall and TDC Mall offer luxury goods, mass-produced items and locally made crafts and clothing can be found.

Duty free shopping can be done at Port Zante, one of the largest shopping centers on the island, and is frequented by cruise passengers. There are over 60 shops in the mall, with jewelry and top of the line goods being the top products of choice among patrons. Nearby, arts, crafts and gifts made by Kittitians can be found at the Nation Museum Shop and at the Amina Craft Market.

Throughout Basseterre and the rest of the island, visitors will also find a small number of stand alone shops selling everything from cheap souvenirs to clothing and accessories to food, and so on.

On the island of Nevis, there are small boutiques and galleries, selling local artwork and crafts, but the most interesting place to shop is the public marketplace in Charlestown. Here you can converse directly with craftsmen and farmers as they sell their product.

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you're hoping to find some souvenirs or gifts you might want to try Pirana Joe, which is located in downtown Basseterre. Pirana Joe specializes in distressed clothing for men, women, and children, as well as a collection of whimsical souvenirs, all featuring the image of Pirana Joe. They're located at 1511 Port Zante.

Many gift and souvenir shops located on St. Kitts can be seen down below.

Gifts and Souvenirs On St. Kitts
Name Type Phone Location
Amina Craft Market Gift and Souvenir Shops -- Downtown Basseterre
Asburry's Duty Free Duty Free Store (869) 465-8175 Downtown Basseterre
Caribbean Gifts & Liquors Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-9838 Downtown Basseterre
Island Treasures Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 466-0466 Downtown Basseterre
Karibhana Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-1745 Downtown Basseterre
Pirana Joe Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 466-9301 Downtown Basseterre
Tropical World Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 466-8219 Downtown Basseterre

Specialty Shops

One of the more interesting speciality shops in this area is Kenneth's Dive Centre. This shopping venue is found in downtown Basseterre. The oldest dive shop on the island, Kenneth's Dive Centre has been providing quality dive training and guided tours to divers from around the world for decades. Their claim to fame? Guests will find them on Bay Road.

Another option is Glitter Jewelry, which is found a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from Kenneth's Dive Centre. Owned and operated by two jewelers with accreditation from the Gemological Institute of America, Glitter Jewelry offers the best in custom designed diamond jewelry at exceptional prices. You'll be able to find them at 911 Port Zante.

St. Kitts Watersports: You can find almost all of your watersports needs right here, with St Kitts Watersports offering up to 26 different activities to choose from. They offer snorkeling equipment, jet skis, ocean kayaks, SUP boards, flyboarding, parasailing, and more. You can contact them at (869) 762-3543.

You can look through the following table for a list of specialty shops in this general area.

Specialty Shops On St. Kitts
Name Type Phone Location
Abbotts Jewellery Jewelry Store (869) 466-3107 Downtown Basseterre
Baranof Jewelers Jewelry Store (869) 466-3888 Downtown Basseterre
Diamond Bazar Jewelry Store (869) 466-5984 Downtown Basseterre
Diamonds International Basseterre Jewelry Store (869) 466-8104 Downtown Basseterre
First Class Jewelry & Perfume Jewelry Store (869) 465-1998 Downtown Basseterre
Glitter Jewelry Jewelry Store (869) 466-4613 Downtown Basseterre
IC Jewelers Jewelry Store (869) 466-5853 Downtown Basseterre
Kays Fine Jewellry Jewelry Store (869) 465-8213 Downtown Basseterre
Kenneth's Dive Centre Dive Shop (869) 465-2670 Downtown Basseterre
Larry's Fine Jewelry Jewelry Store (869) 465-9928 Downtown Basseterre
Noble Jewelers Jewelry Store (869) 466-7115 Downtown Basseterre
Richie's Fine Jewelery Jewelry Store (869) 466-8878 Downtown Basseterre
Royal Gems Jewelry Store (869) 466-8441 Downtown Basseterre
St. Kitts Watersports Watersports Equipment Shop (869) 762-3543 7.4 mi. Southeast of Central Basseterre

Clothing and Apparel

Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? You might want to try The Athlete's Foot Basseterre -- which is situated in downtown Basseterre. Specializing in athletic footwear, the Athlete's Foot offers a variety of well crafted shoes that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. This spot is especially popular because it offers great value to its customers. You'll be able to find them on Victoria Road.

A second option is Caribelle Batik -- which is found 5.5 mi. (8.8 km) from The Athlete's Foot Basseterre. Their batik products serve as wonderful gifts and souvenirs created through ancient techniques. Each one is unique and high quality, such as the 100% cotton clothing made on site. Visitors can find them on Main Road.

The table just below enables you to get more details concerning the apparel shops located on St. Kitts.

Clothing and Apparel On St. Kitts
Name Type Phone Location
CJ's Fashion & Tailoring Clothing Store (869) 466-1421 Downtown Basseterre
Caribelle Batik Batik Store (869) 465-6453 5.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Basseterre
Del Sol Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (869) 466-3375 Downtown Basseterre
Island Hopper Baseterre Batik Store (869) 465-1640 Downtown Basseterre
Mustard Seed Boutique Boutique (869) 465-5247 Downtown Basseterre
Sun Island Clothes Clothing Store (869) 465-8070 0.6 mi. East of Downtown Basseterre
The Athlete's Foot Basseterre Shoe Store (869) 465-9548 Downtown Basseterre

Food and Grocery

Got the munchies? American Bakery is located in downtown Basseterre. Fresh baked goodness is up for grabs at American Bakery, were you'll find everything from hearty breakfast rolls to fresh baked breads, and mouth-watering desserts. You'll find them on Victoria Road.

A second possibility is Ram's Supermarket, which is located 2.6 mi. (4.3 km) to the east of American Bakery. Cold, frozen, and dry goods of both local and internationally imported grocery products are kept well stocked at this supermarket.

Take a moment to read this table for more information about your options.

Food and Grocery Stores On St. Kitts
Name Type Phone Location
American Bakery Bakery (869) 465-2136 Downtown Basseterre
Bassterre Market Grocery Store -- Downtown Basseterre
Food Centre Grocery Store (869) 466-9031 Downtown Basseterre
Fraites & Sons Bakery Bakery (869) 465-4629 Ogees
IGA Value Mart Grocery Store (869) 465-1600 Downtown Basseterre
J's Shop & Save Grocery Grocery Store (869) 465-0977 Downtown Basseterre
Pelican Liquor & Tobacco Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (869) 466-1656 Downtown Basseterre
Public Market Grocery Store -- Downtown Basseterre
Ram's Supermarket Grocery Store (869) 465-2145 0.9 mi. East of Downtown Basseterre
Ram's Supermarket Grocery Store -- 0.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Frigate Bay
Rams Super Market Grocery Store -- 1.1 mi. East of Downtown Basseterre
Smoke 'N' Booze Duty Free Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (869) 465-1415 Downtown Basseterre

Duties, Taxes, and Tips

The official currency of St. Kitts is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, though most places readily accept the United States Dollar (USD). Major credit cards and travelers checks are also widely accepted.

In St. Kitts, there is a two-tiered duty free system. In some locations, such as Basseterre and on the entire island of Nevis, items are sold duty free, no questions asked. Other locations like Frigate Bay and Port Zante, however, will ask you to provide your passport or airline ticket to prove that you are going to be transporting the items you purchase off of the island. U.S. citizens have a duty free exemption of $800(USD), plus the additional bonus of being able to mail duty free items home as long as each item is valued at less than $200(USD). Included in your duty free purchase may be up to one liter of liquor; two, if at least one liter is produced on St. Kitts.

In St. Kitts, there is a two-tiered duty free system. In some locations, such as Basseterre and on the entire island of Nevis, items are sold duty free, no questions asked. Other locations like Frigate Bay and Port Zante, however, will ask you to provide your passport or airline ticket to prove that you are going to be transporting the items you purchase off of the island. U.S. citizens have a duty free exemption of $800(USD), plus the additional bonus of being able to mail duty free items home as long as each item is valued at less than $200(USD). Included in your duty free purchase may be up to one liter of liquor; two, if at least one liter is produced on St. Kitts.

Get lost in the streets of St. Kitts for a day as you explore shops and vendor booths in search of the perfect souvenir. Along the way, you are sure to discover landmarks and historical sites which will make even more memories worth keeping for much longer than that souvenir will be around.

 

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