Shopping on Tortola

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On Tortola, you'll find the best shopping to be on Main Street in Road Town.  As you stroll down the street, you'll notice shops filled with goods imported from Europe as well as those made locally, and you'll be able to choose which options will make for the best souvenirs – if not both.

While it is unfortunate that there are duty taxes in the British Virgin Islands, many goods are imported from Europe tax free, which helps to keep the prices on luxury goods down.  This is why high-end clothing, jewelry, and house wares can be good buys here.  

At the center of Road Town is where you'll find Crafts Alive, an open air market which features everything from Caribbean dolls and straw hats to the cheap (and sometimes tacky) mass produced souvenirs that everyone knows and loves.

As a general rule, you'll find store hours to be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  

Gifts and Souvenirs

Some of the gift and souvenir shops located on Tortola are summarized in the table below.

Gifts and Souvenirs On Tortola
Name Phone Location
Val's Gift Shop (284) 494-2336 Downtown Road Town
We Be Jammin Souveniers (284) 494-3941 Downtown Road Town

Specialty Shops

One of the popular specialty retailers in the area is Blue Water Divers. They are located in Nanny Cay, Tortola. The daily dives are decided with the help of the divers themselves, taking into account skill level and the sites that participants are yearning to see. If you are looking to call ahead, you can do so at (284) 494-2847.

Another option is Sunny Caribbee Gallery, which is found a short distance away to the northeast of Blue Water Divers. The shelves at Sunny Caribbee are lined with culinary treats like hot sauces, preserves, teas, and coffees, and there are housewares available to prepare them in. In the toiletries section of the shop you'll find fragrant lotions, soaps, and other body products that smell of local flowers. You'll find them at 119 Main Street.

We Be Divin: The shop offers a wide range of services. Not only do they sell snorkeling, scuba, and beach gear, but they offer a collection of scuba diving education and PADI certification services, and private dive trips with less than six guests per boat. If you want to call ahead of time, you can do so at (284) 494-4320.

Lots of specialty shops located on Tortola are provided in the following chart.

Specialty Shops On Tortola
Name Type Phone Location
Blossom's Florist Florist (284) 494-3906 Downtown Road Town
Blue Water Divers Dive Shop (284) 494-2847 1.9 mi. South West of Downtown Road Town
J R O'Neal Ltd Sporting Goods Store Sporting Goods Store (284) 494-2292 Downtown Road Town
Sea Side Craft Store Art Supply and Craft Store (284) 494-6020 Downtown Road Town
Sunny Caribbee Gallery Art Gallery (284) 494-2178 Downtown Road Town
The Unique Flower Shop Florist (284) 494-7907 Downtown Road Town
Tortola Surf Camp Surfing Gear Store (866) 421-9283 Tortola
Walters Superette & Fishing Tackle Fishing Equipment and Tackle Shop (284) 495-4663 Tortola
We Be Divin Dive Shop (284) 494-4320 Tortola

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for clothing? Consider dropping by Kenny Tees -- which is located in downtown Road Town. When you just aren't finding the right souvenir t-shirt for you, stop into Kenny Tees. Here, they can embroider or print whatever image, design, or slogan you want on any of your clothing items and even some other souvenir items for a low price. If you are looking for something specific and want to call in advance, do so at (284) 494-6527.

Another shop to consider is Pusser's Road Town Company Store -- which is located a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from Kenny Tees. The Pusser's Company store's center around the sailing and Caribbean lifestyle, and all their products tend to relate one way or another to this. From pastel color shirts and Bermuda Shorts, and to sailing jackets, the items are both comfortable and stylish. If you're looking to call before you go, you can do so at (284) 494-2467.

A third clothing shop to consider is E. A. Creque. E.A. Creque is open from 9:00 a.m. They're located at 216 Main Street.

View the following table to find out more about apparel shops in this general area.

Clothing and Apparel On Tortola
Name Type Phone Location
A & S Boutique Boutique (284) 494-2433 Downtown Road Town
Arawak Boutique Boutique (284) 494-3984 Nanny Cay
Bolo's Department Store Department Store (284) 494-2867 Downtown Road Town
Caribbean Department Store Department Store (284) 494-3627 Downtown Road Town
DJ's Department Store Department Store (284) 494-8899 Tortola
Dawn's Shoe Salon Shoe Store (284) 494-5396 Downtown Road Town
E. A. Creque Boutique (284) 494-3368 0.3 mi. West of Downtown Road Town
Everyday Sales Department Store Department Store (284) 494-6249 Downtown Road Town
Family Fashion Store General Clothing Store (284) 494-4232 Downtown Road Town
Hi Fashion Department Store Department Store (284) 494-2769 Tortola
International Department Store Department Store (284) 494-3515 Tortola
J & C Department Store Department Store (284) 494-3121 Downtown Road Town
Kenny Tees T-Shirt Shop (284) 494-6527 Downtown Road Town
People's Shoe Store Shoe Store (284) 494-6863 Downtown Road Town
Pusser's Road Town Company Store Boutique (284) 494-2467 Downtown Road Town
Said Departmentt Store Department Store (284) 494-2686 Downtown Road Town
Serendipity Boutique & Gift Shop Boutique (284) 494-5865 Downtown Road Town
Shirt Shack T-Shirt Shop (284) 494-4851 Downtown Road Town
Torguy Department Store Ltd Department Store (284) 494-4290 Downtown Road Town
Touch Of Love Boutique & Gift Shop Boutique (284) 494-5986 Downtown Road Town

Food and Grocery

Need to pick up some food supplies? Tico Wine & Spirit Merchants is located in downtown Road Town. If it will get the party started, Tico has it, from beers and hard liquors to wine, champagne, and even soda. Call over the phone or place your order on-line and have the party brought directly to you. If you would like to call before making reservations, do so at (284) 494-2211.

Another possibility is Rite Way, which is found within a mile to the northeast of Tico Wine & Spirit Merchants. Stock up on all of your grocery needs as well as health and beauty, child care products, and alcohol with one of the island's leading supermarkets. They also offer provisioning. You can contact them at (284) 494-2997.

Supa Valu: A top grocer and provisioning service, Super Valu will help you stock up on all of your groceries and beverages without over charging. If you'd like to call ahead of time, do so at (284) 494-3600.

Take a moment to read the table just below to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores On Tortola
Name Type Phone Location
Bobby's Supermarket Grocery Store (284) 495-2140 Downtown Road Town
Brewleys Bakery Fast Food Cake & Ice Cream Parlour Bakery (284) 494-1093 0.8 mi. East of Downtown Road Town
Fine Foods Supermarket Grocery Store (284) 495-2362 Tortola
Fish Market Fish and Seafood Market -- 0.6 mi. East of Downtown Road Town
La Baguette Bakery & Pastry Shop Bakery (284) 494-5717 Downtown Road Town
Mangrove Bakery & Snack Bar Bakery (284) 495-2418 Parham Town
Nature's Way Ltd / Nature's Nectar Organic / Health Food Store (284) 494-6393 Downtown Road Town
OneMart Superstore Grocery Store (284) 494-4649 0.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town
Parham Town Food Market Grocery Store (284) 495-2499 Parham Town
Rite Way Grocery Store (284) 494-2997 0.6 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town
Supa Valu Grocery Store (284) 494-3600 0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Tico Wine & Spirit Merchants Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (284) 494-2211 Downtown Road Town

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