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.

Gifts and Souvenirs

The table right below enables you to get some key facts regarding 10 of the gift and souvenir shops on Tobago.

Gifts and Souvenirs On Tobago
Name Phone Location
Andrea's Toys & Gifts (868) 639-1976 Tobago
Chadija's - The Souvenir & Gift Shop (868) 660-1000 Scarborough
Christies (868) 639-9696 Crown Point
Coco Craft (868) 639-9821 Crown Point
D’Pottery & Batik House Tobago Creations (868) 710-4623 0.9 mi. North of Central Crown Point
Karie's Kraft Ltd (868) 639-0154 Crown Point
Karri-A-Locale Art & Craft (868) 639-8228 Crown Point
Langniappe Enterprises Ltd (868) 639-7516 Crown Point
Party Nix Gifts & Things (868) 660-7227 Tobago
Trade Secrets (868) 639-8855 Tobago

Specialty Shops

One of the more popular speciality shops in this area is R&Sea Diver's Company. This store 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'll find them on Store Bay Local Road.

Another good option is Extra Divers Black Rock, which is located 5.0 mi. (8.1 km) from R&Sea Diver's Company. Extra Divers Black Rock offers a variety of equipment for all of your diving needs. If you're looking for something specific, call them at (868) 660-4852.

Several specialty shops located on Tobago can be seen here:

Specialty Shops On Tobago
Name Type Phone Location
Caribbean Jewellers Jewelry Store (868) 627-2559 2.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Mt. Irvine
Down South Dive Dive Shop (868) 639-3483 Tobago
D’Art Yard Art Gallery (868) 631-8312 0.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Crown Point
Extra Divers Black Rock Dive Shop (868) 660-4852 1.1 mi. Northeast of Central Mt. Irvine
Facets Jewellery Store Jewelry Store (868) 639-6344 Scarborough
Gem's Gift Shop Jewelry Store (868) 639-2010 Scarborough
National Fine Arts Centre 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
Sheik Jewellers Jewelry Store (868) 639-1184 Scarborough

Clothing and Apparel

Want to shop for some clothing? You might enjoy a visit to The Female Executive -- it's located 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 ahead, you can do so at (868) 639-9643.

Another option is Just My Size -- which is located 4.7 mi. (7.6 km) away from The Female Executive. Plus sized clothing in flattering prints and cuts are available at Just My Size, along with accessories and body products. For customers who want to call ahead, you can do so at (868) 639-1643.

The chart right below summarizes more details concerning the apparel shops on Tobago.

Clothing and Apparel On Tobago
Name Type Phone Location
Body Impression Boutique Boutique (868) 635-0112 Scarborough
Cerene's Boutique Boutique (868) 639-0876 Scarborough
Cotton House Batik Store (868) 639-2727 Downtown Scarborough
Imagine Nation Clothing Studio Clothing Store (868) 631-8477 Crown Point
Island Concepts Boutique (868) 639-5058 Tobago
Just My Size Clothing Store (868) 639-1643 Scarborough
Mazely Gordon Boutique (868) 639-8602 Crown Point
Pigeon Point Boutique Boutique (868) 639-9541 Scarborough
San's Boutique Boutique (868) 639-4736 Scarborough
Some Peace Boutique (868) 660-7353 Scarborough
The Female Executive Boutique (868) 639-9643 1.7 mi. East of Central Bon Accord

Food and Grocery

Look through the following table for more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On Tobago
Name Type Phone Location
Best Buys Supermarket Co Ltd Grocery Store (868) 660-7194 Tobago
Bethany Econo Mart Grocery Store (868) 660-8322 Bon Accord
Dario's Mini Mart Grocery Store (868) 660-5882 Marsh Harbour
E & F Health Foods Nutrition and Body Care Store (868) 639-3992 Scarborough
Food Town Supermarket Grocery Store (868) 635-0620 Tobago
Francis Supermarket Grocery Store (868) 639-8440 Crown Point
Golden Girls Bakery Bakery (868) 639-7465 Scarborough
Kalamazoo Foods Limited Grocery Store (868) 639-4042 Tobago
Millenium Supermarket Grocery Store (868) 639-5994 Scarborough
Patricia's Bakery Bakery (868) 639-3261 Tobago
Powder Clifton Grocery Store (868) 660-5418 Tobago
Standard Supermarket Grocery Store (868) 639-4513 Scarborough
Tobago Baking Service Ltd Bakery (868) 639-2445 Scarborough
Tobago Supermarket (Maharaj) Grocery Store (868) 639-2291 Scarborough
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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