Shopping on St. Lucia

Many shops on St. Lucia accept U.S. currency, making it easy on American vacationers to make a purchase

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What is a Caribbean vacation without getting in a little souvenir shopping? The Caribbean is known for selling products at great values that American vacationers can rarely resist, and St. Lucia is no different.

...find numerous art galleries...

 

Where to Shop

The best shopping on St. Lucia can be found in the capital city of Castries, where there are numerous shops selling a large variety of goods, often at duty free prices. With more than 20 in the complex, Port Seraphine has the largest collection of shops on the entire island. It is conveniently located near the cruise ship ports, so that cruise passengers can easily get in a few hours of shopping when they dock on St. Lucia.

On Saturdays, check out the Saturday Market, which has been around for over 100 years, and is still one of the best places to purchase souvenirs. Vendors set up booths filled with local produce, spices, and the days catch, as well as booths filled with handmade crafts and pieces of art.

Just north of Castries is the Gablewoods Mall compound, which features three restaurants and numerous shops, is a great place to pick up a variety of products, and even has a grocery store and post office on site. Within the city of Castries, and immediately surrounding it, visitors will find numerous art galleries where they can view works by native artists, and perhaps even pick one up to return him with as a souvenir.

Just north of Castries is the Gablewoods Mall compound, which features three restaurants and numerous shops, is a great place to pick up a variety of products, and even has a grocery store and post office on site. Within the city of Castries, and immediately surrounding it, visitors will find numerous art galleries where they can view works by native artists, and perhaps even pick one up to return him with as a souvenir.

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At the Rodney Bay Marina in Gros Islet, visitors will find the J.Q. Mall, a modern shopping mall complex, filled with clothing stores and novelty shops. There are also a few banks and restaurants on property.

Gifts and Souvenirs

When choosing products that are made on St. Lucia, consider the products that the island is best known for. Batik and silk-screened fabrics are at the top of the list, followed by art, straw weavings, pottery, and wood carvings.

Don't forget some of the islands top perishables: cocoa, coffee, and some locally grown spices. Don't forget the locally distilled rum and island hot sauce.

If you enjoy shopping for souvenirs or gifts consider heading to Del Sol, which is located in Castries, St. Lucia. Items you'll find on hand in this shop include t-shirts, hats, jewelry, nail polish, swim suits, and more. They've even partnered with well-known brands and begun to market Disney and Marvel superhero color-changing products. You can call them at (758) 451-3141.

Another option is Cards & Things, which is found 19.1 mi. (30.8 km) to the south of Del Sol. Looking for a way to remind your friends and family of how much fun you are having? Drop by Cards and things and look for some gifts or postcards, most of which are small enough to cheaply be sent through the mail. You can call them at (758) 452-6248.

Many gift and souvenir shops located on St. Lucia are listed in the table below.

Gifts and Souvenirs On St. Lucia
Name Type Phone Location
Bezata Gift & Graces Gift and Souvenir Shops (758) 453-2685 Bisse
Cards & Things Gift and Souvenir Shops (758) 452-6248 Downtown Castries
Caribbean Perfumes Gift and Souvenir Shops (758) 453-7249 Bisse
Debbie's Gift and Souvenir Shops (758) 459-5595 Downtown Soufriere
Del Sol Gift and Souvenir Shops (758) 451-3141 Castries, Northern part of St. Lucia
Duty Free Emporium Duty Free Store (758) 451-6299 Downtown Castries
Lighthouse Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (758) 520-7827 Downtown Castries
Marcie's Gift & Souvenir Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (758) 452-0128 Saint Lucia
The Gift Box Gift and Souvenir Shops (758) 450-8777 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia

Specialty Shops

One of the more interesting specialty retailers in this area is Alcina Nolley. This shopping venue is found within Ciceron, St. Lucia. Alcina Nolley's gallery produces and sells unique, one of a kind hand made pieces of jewelry, art, and other crafts. Her fine jewelry incorporates the finest enamels and gems, and her digital photos are uniquely printed on handmade banana paper. If you are looking to call in advance, do so at (758) 453-2338.

Another good option is Eudovic's Art Studio, which is found less than a mile away from Alcina Nolley. As one of the leading sculptors in the Caribbean, Vincent Joseph Eudovic has long been established as an artist you can trust to deliver. His art studio, Eudovic's Art Studio, is where visitors can go to view his work, and make a purchase if they feel so inclined. If you have questions and want to call in advance, do so at (758) 452-2747.

Sandals Castries Dive Center: Included in the all-inclusive package at Sandals is the Discover Scuba course for those new to diving, and one open water dive a day to previously certified divers. They also offer a host of PADI certification courses at an extra fee. Find them on La-Toc Road.

Several of the specialty shops located on St. Lucia can be seen down below.

Specialty Shops On St. Lucia
Name Type Phone Location
Action Adventure Divers Dive Shop (758) 485-1317 Soufrière, Western part of St. Lucia
Alcina Nolley Art Gallery (758) 453-2338 1.7 mi. South West of Central Castries
Art & Antiques Art Gallery (758) 451-4150 Bisse
Buzz Art Art Gallery (758) 450-1169 Gros Islet
Caribbean Art & Antiques Art Gallery (758) 450-9740 Rodney Bay
Caribbean Art Gallery Art Gallery (758) 452-8071 Rodney Bay
Caribbean Print Gallery Art Gallery (758) 458-0427 Rodney Bay
Diamond International Bay Walk Jewelry Store (758) 459-2901 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Diamonds International Baywalk Jewelry Store -- Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Diamonds International Carenage Jewelry Store -- Downtown Castries
Diamonds International Landing Villa Jewelry Store -- 1.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Rodney Bay
Diamonds International Pointe Saraphine Jewelry Store (758) 457-4208 Castries, Northern part of St. Lucia
Diamonds International Vieux Fort Jewelry Store -- 1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Vieux Fort
Eudovic's Art Studio Art Gallery (758) 452-2747 0.9 mi. South West of Central Castries
Harry Edwards Jewelers Jewelry Store (758) 451-6799 Downtown Castries
Island Divers Dive Shop (758) 456-8110 1.7 mi. South West of Central Anse La Raye
Just for Spot Pet and Aquarium Supply Store (758) 453-7768 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Sandals Castries Dive Center Dive Shop (758) 452-5042 1.3 mi. West of Central Castries
St. Lucia Fine Art Art Gallery (758) 459-0891 Downtown Castries
The Inner Gallery Art Gallery (758) 457-8728 Downtown Castries

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for clothing? You might want to visit Pirana Joe -- it's located in Muirton, in northern St. Lucia. Perhaps one of the most unique gift shops in the Caribbean, Pirana Joe features a collection of clothing and souvenir items that feature the logo of a gruff and angry looking pirana. Still, the items are whimsical and made of high quality materials, so they are huge sellers in the area. You'll be able to find them on Rodney Bay Road.

Another place to consider is Hobie Boutique -- which is found 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) away from Pirana Joe. Trend clothing and accessories are on sale at Hobie. Guests can find them on Micoud Street.

Another clothing store is Sea Island Cotton Shop. Clothing that ranges from casual to trendy, but all with island and tropical appeal, is the main offering at Sea Island Cotton. However, the shop is expansive and there are a huge array of souvenirs and gift including jewelry, beach wear, and more. You'll find them on Rodney Bay Road.

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

Clothing and Apparel On St. Lucia
Name Type Phone Location
A La Mode Castries Boutique (758) 451-6711 Downtown Castries
A La Mode Micoud Boutique (758) 454-8594 Micoud, Southeastern part of St. Lucia
Banana Beach Boutique (758) 451-7891 Bisse
Basic Blue Baywalk Boutique (758) 458-0351 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Basic Blue Castries Boutique (758) 452-1698 Castries
Casa Blanca Boutique (758) 453-2266 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Catty's Boutique Boutique (758) 453-2977 Downtown Castries
Fadi Boutique Boutique (758) 459-0722 Downtown Castries
Fancy Boutique Boutique (758) 453-1643 Downtown Castries
Hobie Boutique Boutique (758) 453-6811 Bisse
Just Leathers Shoe Store (758) 451-3021 Downtown Castries
Just My Size Boutique Boutique (758) 451-8264 Bisse
Keep Sake Boutique Boutique (758) 459-0199 Bisse
Lu Ann's Boutique Boutique (758) 454-6902 Downtown Vieux Fort
Pirana Joe T-Shirt Shop -- Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Scott's Underground Boutique Boutique (758) 453-2737 Downtown Castries
Sea Island Cotton Shop Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (758) 452-3674 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Show Off Boutique Boutique (758) 452-4770 Downtown Castries
V&A Trading Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (758) 451-7891 Downtown Castries
Verdict Women's Clothing and Accessories Store -- Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia

Food and Grocery

Need to pick up some food supplies? Addie's Plus Bakery is found in downtown Castries. The scents that waft from Addie's Plus Bakery are so alluring that it is hard to walk by without stopping in to pick up a loaf of bread, dessert, or pastry. The family owned business has been providing locals and tourists alike with fresh baked goods for years and many are looking forward to the time when they open a second location. If you're looking to call ahead of time, you can do so at (758) 453-7412.

Another place to consider is Super J, which is located 4.9 mi. (7.8 km) to the northeast of Addie's Plus Bakery. All of your general grocery needs are cared for by Super J. In addition to produce, frozen stock, fresh meats, and dry goods, you'll also find a cleaning and health and beauty supplies plus a bakery and deli.

Super J La Tourney Supermarket: One of nine locations in a chain of St. Lucia's largest supermarket company, this is where locals shop for groceries. If you're staying off resort property, this is one spot you'll want to know about.

Take a look at the table below for more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On St. Lucia
Name Type Phone Location
Addie's Plus Bakery Bakery (758) 453-7412 Downtown Castries
Frootsy's Confectionery Special Food Services (758) 455-3076 Micoud, Southeastern part of St. Lucia
Gl Foodmarket Grocery Store -- Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Gl Foodmarket Grocery Store (758) 455-3663 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Glace Supermarket Grocery Store -- 1.8 mi. South West of Central Rodney Bay
Mitchell's Minimart Grocery Store (758) 452-2666 Bisse
Mother Earth Health Store Nutrition and Body Care Store (758) 458-0373 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Pantry Pride Bakery Bakery (758) 450-9078 Rodney Bay
Super J Grocery Store -- Rodney Bay, Northern part of St. Lucia
Super J Grocery Store -- Downtown Castries
Super J Grocery Store (758) 457-2200 1.7 mi. Northeast of Central Castries
Super J Grocery Store -- 1.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Vieux Fort
Super J Grocery Store -- Downtown Vieux Fort
Super J La Tourney Supermarket Grocery Store -- Vieux Fort, Southern part of St. Lucia
Tij's Supermarket Grocery Store -- Downtown Soufriere

Duties, Taxes, and Other Tips

When making duty free purchases on St. Lucia, visitors must present their cruise ship boarding pass, or their airline ticket. Though vacationers can typically walk right out of the shop with their purchases, liquor and tobacco will be sent on to the airport or the cruise ship, where you can pick it up upon your departure. You will find duty free shopping at J.Q. Mall in Rodney Bay, Hawanorra Airport Duty-Free, and La Place Carenage and Pointe Seraphine in Castries.

Business hours will vary between each shop, but you can bet that most shops will stay open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an hour long break in the middle for lunch. Note that the official currency of St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, so travelers will want to exchange their money before trying to pay with cash on the island to be safe. Although the U.S. Dollar is widely accepted, you may receive change in local currency.

Whether bargain shopping, or looking for something to commemorate your time on St. Lucia, there are plenty of places on the island that offer everything you need.

 

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