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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Review this table for information concerning gift and souvenir shops that you'll find in this area.

Gifts and Souvenirs On St. Lucia
Name Phone Location
Caribbean Perfumes (758) 453-7249 Bisse
Debbie's (758) 459-5595 Downtown Soufriere

Specialty Shops

One of the more interesting specialty retailers in the area is Eudovic's Art Studio. They are found within St. Lucia. Eudovic's Art Studio displays a large collection of modern abstract an surreal works as well as traditional masks and plaques crafted from wood by Vincent Joseph Eudovic. All are available for purchase. You can contact them at (758) 452-2747.

Another good option is Island Divers, which is found easily reached by taxi to the south west of Eudovic's Art Studio. Their wide variety of dive options and equipment rentals are difficult to rival, adhering to strict PADI safety standards. You have the option of exploring any of the 5 amazing dive sites, a short ride from their dock. Try calling them at (758) 456-8101.

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. The property is situated on La-Toc Road.

Take some time to look through the table below to read more about specialty shops in this area.

Specialty Shops On St. Lucia
Name Type Phone Location
Anthony's Jewelry Baywalk Jewelry Store (758) 458-4394 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Anthony's Jewelry Castries Jewelry Store (758) 451-7736 Bisse
Citizens Jewellery Jewelry Store (758) 451-9599 Downtown Castries
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
Flower Shack Florist (758) 452-0555 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Harry Edwards Jewelers Jewelry Store (758) 451-6799 Downtown Castries
Island Divers Dive Shop (758) 456-8101 1.7 mi. South West of Central Anse La Raye
Le Cadeau Jewelry Store (758) 458-0262 Downtown Castries
Lynsay's Jewellery Gifts & Supplies Jewelry Store (758) 451-3010 Downtown Castries
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
Williams Jewellery Jewelry Store (758) 452-2725 Bisse

Clothing and Apparel

Interested in shopping for clothing? Perhaps you would enjoy Pirana Joe -- it's located within 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 will be able to find them on Rodney Bay Road.

Another shop to consider is Hobie Boutique -- which is located approximately three and a half miles (approximately five and a half kilometers) to the south-southwest of Pirana Joe. Opened in 1990, Hobie sells clothes for the whole family -- from infants all the way up to grandma. You will find them on Micoud Street.

You can look through the chart below for a list of apparel shops that you'll find in this area.

Clothing and Apparel On St. Lucia
Name Type Phone Location
A La Mode Castries Boutique (758) 451-6711 Downtown Castries
Access Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (758) 451-9791 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Alamode Boutique Boutique (758) 454-8594 Downtown Vieux Fort
Basic Blue Baywalk Boutique (758) 458-0351 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Basic Blue Castries Boutique (758) 452-1698 Castries
Fancy Boutique Boutique (758) 453-1643 Downtown Castries
Flip Flop Hut Shoe Store -- Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Hobie Boutique Boutique (758) 453-6811 Bisse
Hugo Boss Men's Men's Clothing Store (758) 452-9195 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Just Leathers Shoe Store (758) 451-3021 Downtown Castries
Just My Size Boutique Boutique (758) 451-8264 Bisse
Onix Fashion House General Clothing Store (758) 452-6732 Downtown Castries
Pink Lingerie Lingerie Store -- Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Pirana Joe T-Shirt Shop -- Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Scott's Underground Boutique Boutique (758) 453-2737 Downtown Castries
United Colors of Benetton General Clothing Store (758) 458-4222 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Verdict Women's Clothing and Accessories Store -- Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia

Food and Grocery

Hungry? Addie's Plus Bakery is located 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. Visitors can call them at (758) 453-7412.

Another place to consider is Super J La Tourney Supermarket, which is found 19.4 mi. (31.3 km) from Addie's Plus Bakery. 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.

Review this table for more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On St. Lucia
Name Type Phone Location
Addie's Plus Bakery Bakery (758) 453-7412 Downtown Castries
Flavorite Foods Grocery Store (758) 452-0490 Rodney Bay
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
Super J Grocery Store -- Downtown Castries
Super J Grocery Store -- Downtown Vieux Fort
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 La Tourney Supermarket Grocery Store -- Vieux Fort, Southern part of St. Lucia
Superior Fish and Seafood Fish and Seafood Market (758) 450-8647 Muirton, Northern part of St. Lucia
Tij's Supermarket Grocery Store -- Downtown Soufriere
Uptown Liquor Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (758) 454-3082 Downtown Vieux Fort
Wines & Spirits Rodney Bay Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (758) 458-0726 Rodney Bay

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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