Shopping on Tobago

Souvenir shopping is an important part of any getaway

Tourists will find the best shopping on the island of Tobago in Scarborough, where shops excel in offering small amounts of specialized merchandise. For this reason, you'll often find bazaars and street markets with a large number of different vendors hawking their wares. There are even vendors set up on most of the island's popular beaches.

Of course, the modern idea of a shopping trip can also be experienced here, through strip malls with chain retailers existing as well. In short, whatever type of shopping you're hoping to find, it doesn't take more than a little work to make it happen.

There is no better way to spend your shopping budget when on vacation than on locally made good.  Tobago is a particularly crafty item, and it is easy to find souvenirs indicative of local culture. Options include leather crafts, beaded jewelry, and mini steel pan drums; but wood carvings particularly shine here.

Clothing varies from vibrant hand-printed sarongs to screened t-shirts on the low-end of prices, but there are also International designer brands available when you're shopping in the malls.  Although you may find some big names in street markets, it is hard to be sure whether or not you're getting a knock-off.  If an authentic label is important to you, prepare to pay high prices.

Finally, don't overlook edible gifts as well.  Rum produced on Trinidad and Tobago is always a favorite, as are regional spices and jams.

Where to Shop

Tobago is filled with shops that sell handicrafts, which is great for a visitor looking for that one-of-a-kind souvenir. You might want to check out the Scarborough Market, Boutiques, the Cotton House, and Tobago Treasures. Farro's is a great spot for edible souvenirs, and the Tobago Art Gallery for high-quality fine art.

Specialty Shops

One of the popular specialty retailers in this area is R&Sea Diver's Company. This store is found within Crown Point, in western Tobago. The skilled team at R&Sea; Divers has fallen in love with the waters that surround the island of Tobago and can't wait to share them with as many people around the world as possible. If you prefer to dive with a group of individuals who really care about the sport of scuba diving, this is the center for you. You will find them on Store Bay Local Road.

Another good option is Black Rock Divers Tobago, which is located 5.0 mi. (8.1 km) from R&Sea Diver's Company. Located on the southwest coast of Tobago, professional training from experienced and well respected instructors is available through Black Rock Divers. Additionally, complimentary pick up services are available for guests staying in Southern Tobago. You'll find them on Stonehaven Bay Road.

The following chart offers some key facts regarding the specialty shops located on Tobago.

Specialty Shops On Tobago
Name Type Phone Location
Black Rock Divers Tobago Dive Shop (868) 741-3945 3.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Scarborough
Caribbean Jewellers Jewelry Store (868) 627-2559 2.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Mt. Irvine
R&Sea Diver's Company Dive Shop (868) 639-8120 Crown Point, Western part of Tobago

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for clothing? You might enjoy a visit to The Female Executive -- which is found in southwestern Tobago. The Female Executive sells ready to wear formal business attire by American and European labels. Because the customer base is so small, they keep only one of each outfit on stock at a time, which gives women confidence in knowing that they will not run into another business woman wearing the same thing. If you're looking to call before making reservations, do so at (868) 639-9643.

Some of the apparel shops located on Tobago are shown in the following chart.

Clothing and Apparel On Tobago
Name Phone Location
Pigeon Point Boutique (868) 639-9541 Scarborough
The Female Executive (868) 639-9643 1.7 mi. East of Central Bon Accord

Food and Grocery

Take a minute to read the following chart if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On Tobago
Name Type Phone Location
Bethany Econo Mart Grocery Store (868) 660-8322 Bon Accord
Golden Grove Meat Shop Meat Market (868) 639-8884 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Bon Accord
Morshead R T Grocery Store (868) 639-8855 Tobago
Patricia's Bakery Bakery (868) 639-3261 Tobago
Penny Savers Supermarket Grocery Store (868) 639-8992 Bon Accord
Tobago Supermarket (Maharaj) Grocery Store (868) 639-2291 Scarborough
Tops Eco-Mart Organic / Health Food Store (868) 660-4428 Roxborough
Viewport Supermarket Grocery Store (868) 639-6653 Bon Accord

Duties, Taxes, and Tips

Tobago's official currency is the Trinidad and Tobago Dollar noted as (TT$), but thanks to tourism many local shops will accept United States Dollars in a pinch.  Duty free shopping is something you'll loo forward to, with $200(USD) worth of gifts, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 1.5 liters of spirits, and 1.5 liters of perfume listed as items that may travel home with you at no extra charge.

Shopping on Tobago ranges from the unique experience of buying goods on the beach to mall-walking for your favorite designer offerings.  Make time for both between exploring all of the other attractions that Tobago is known for so that you are able to bring home a souvenir which will return you to your memories of the island every time you put it to use.


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