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.
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.
The following table lists more details concerning 10 gift and souvenir shops on Tobago.
|(868) 639-9696||Crown Point|
|(868) 639-9821||Crown Point|
|(868) 710-4623||0.9 mi. North of Central Crown Point|
|(868) 639-0154||Crown Point|
|(868) 639-8228||Crown Point|
|(868) 639-7516||Crown Point|
One of the area's more popular speciality shops is R&Sea Diver's Company. This venue is located in 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 be able to find them on Store Bay Local Road.
Another option is Charlotteville Adventure Dive Centre, which is located 22.9 mi. (36.8 km) from R&Sea Diver's Company. Snorkelers and new divers can get in some practice on the bay right in front of the dive center, and advanced divers can sign up for daily trips that take guests to locations in both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean to experience the variety of marine life available in both waterways. They're located on Northside Road.
Look through the table below for more information about your options.
|Jewelry Store||(868) 627-2559||2.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Mt. Irvine Bay|
|Charlotteville Adventure Dive Centre||Dive Shop||(868) 635-3483||Charlotteville|
|Dive Shop||(868) 639-3483||Tobago|
|Art Gallery||(868) 631-8312||0.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Crown Point|
|Jewelry Store||(868) 639-6344||Scarborough|
|Jewelry Store||(868) 639-2010||Scarborough|
|Art Gallery||(868) 675-7034||0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Scarborough|
|R&Sea Diver's Company||Dive Shop||(868) 639-8120||Crown Point, Western part of Tobago|
|Jewelry Store||(868) 639-1184||Scarborough|
Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? You might enjoy a visit to The Female Executive -- which is situated 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 have questions and want to call before making reservations, do so at (868) 639-9643.
A second good option is Just My Size -- which is found 4.7 mi. (7.6 km) to the east-northeast of The Female Executive. Plus sized clothing in flattering prints and cuts are available at Just My Size, along with accessories and body products. To talk to them, call (868) 639-1643.
Take a moment to look through the following table for more information about apparel shops that you'll find in this area.
|Batik Store||(868) 639-2727||Downtown Scarborough|
|Clothing Store||(868) 631-8477||Crown Point|
|Just My Size||Clothing Store||(868) 639-1643||Scarborough|
|Boutique||(868) 639-8602||Crown Point|
|The Female Executive||Boutique||(868) 639-9643||1.7 mi. East of Central Bon Accord|
Take a moment to read the table below for more information.
|Grocery Store||(868) 660-7194||Tobago|
|Grocery Store||(868) 660-8322||Bon Accord|
|Grocery Store||(868) 660-5882||Marsh Harbour|
|Nutrition and Body Care Store||(868) 639-3992||Scarborough|
|Grocery Store||(868) 635-0620||Tobago|
|Grocery Store||(868) 639-8440||Crown Point|
|Grocery Store||(868) 639-4042||Tobago|
|Grocery Store||(868) 639-5994||Scarborough|
|Grocery Store||(868) 660-5418||Tobago|
|Grocery Store||(868) 639-4513||Scarborough|
|Grocery Store||(868) 639-2291||Scarborough|
|Grocery Store||(868) 639-6653||Bon Accord|
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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