Jamaica

Shopping is not really one of Jamaica's high points, though you will certainly find things to buy. Good choices include Jamaican crafts, which range from artwork to batik fabrics to baskets. Wood carvings are a top purchase; the finest are made from the Jamaican national tree, lignum vitae, or tree of life, a dense, blond wood t
Shopping is not really one of Jamaica's high points, though you will certainly find things to buy. Good choices include Jamaican crafts, which range from artwork to batik fabrics to baskets. Wood carvings are a top purchase; the finest are made from the Jamaican nationa
Shopping is not really one of Jamaica's high points, though you will certainly find things to buy. Good choices include

Shopping is not really one of Jamaica's high points, though you will certainly find things to buy. Good choices include Jamaican crafts, which range from artwork to batik fabrics to baskets. Wood carvings are a top purchase; the finest are made from the Jamaican national tree, lignum vitae, or tree of life, a dense, blond wood that requires a talented carver to transform it into dolphins, heads, or fish. Bargaining is expected with crafts vendors. Naturally, Jamaican rum is another top souvenir, as is Tia Maria, the Jamaican-made coffee liqueur. Coffee (both Blue Mountain and the less expensive High Mountain) is sold at nearly every gift shop, but the cheapest prices are often found at local grocery stores, where you can buy coffee beans or ground coffee.

Unless you have an extremely early flight, you'll find plenty of shopping at the Sangster International Airport, which has a large shopping mall. Fine handmade cigars are available there and at the island's many cigar stores. You can buy Cuban cigars almost anywhere, though they can't be taken back legally into the United States. As a rule, only rum distilleries, such as Appleton's and Sangster's, have better deals than the airport stores. Best of all, if you buy your rum at the airport, you don't have to tote all those heavy, breakable bottles. (Note that if you purchase rum—or other liquids, such as duty-free perfumes—outside the airport, you'll need to place them in your checked luggage when returning home. If you purchase liquids inside the secured area of the airport, you may board with them, but, after clearing U.S. Customs on landing, you will need to place them in your checked bag if continuing on another flight.)

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  • 1. Carriacou Gallery

    Crafts

    The work of Hotel Mockingbird Hill owner Barbara Walker and other local artists is showcased. Art classes are also offered. ...Read More

  • 2. Craft Market by Beach Park

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    This market on the beach side of the bridge at Negril's town center roundabout sells arts and crafts aplenty. ...Read More

  • 3. Gallery of West Indian Art

    Crafts

    This is the place to find Jamaican, Cuban, and Haitian paintings. A corner of the gallery is devoted to beautifully carved and painted birds...Read More

  • 4. Half Moon Shopping Village

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    The bright yellow buildings at Half Moon hotel contain some of the finest and most expensive wares money can buy, as well as more affordable...Read More

  • 5. Harmony Hall

    Crafts

    Eight minutes east of town, a restored 19th-century minister's house now carries original works of art. On sale are late owner Annabella Proudlock...Read More

  • 6. Holiday Shopping Centre

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    Directly across the street from the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, this casual shopping area has jewelry, clothing, and crafts stores. ...Read More

  • 7. Kingston Crafts Market

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    A large assortment of Jamaican handicrafts, including paintings, sculptures, and inexpensive jewelry, can be found in the market's stalls. Although...Read More

  • 8. Musgrave Market

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    This traditional market, unlike those in Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, is primarily aimed at locals. Although you can find some crafts here, look...Read More

  • 9. Ocho Rios Crafts Market

    Crafts

    This largest market has stalls selling everything from straw hats to wooden figurines to T-shirts. Vendors can be aggressive, and haggling is...Read More

  • 10. Pineapple Craft Market

    Crafts

    This small, casual market on the outskirts of Ocho Rios has everything from carved figurines to coffee-bean necklaces. ...Read More

  • 11. Rutland Point

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    With Negril's laid-back atmosphere, it's no surprise that most shopping involves straw hats, woven baskets, and T-shirts, all plentiful at this...Read More

  • 12. Shops at Devon House

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    This cluster of mostly upscale shops sells clothing, crafts, and other items. The location, at the historic Devon House, makes it a pleasant...Read More

  • 13. Starfish Oils

    Perfume/Cosmetics

    Find aromatherapy products, such as fragrant oils, scented candles, and soaps here. Lemongrass, which grows locally, goes in one of the most...Read More

  • 14. The Boardwalk Village

    Antiques/Collectibles

    Set right on the beach in Negril, this is a nice place to spend half a day perusing souvenir stores and clothing boutiques, and perhaps also...Read More

  • 15. The Shoppes at Rose Hall

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    This upscale, open-air shopping center was designed to resemble an old-fashioned main street. Five minutes from the Hilton Rose Hall, it sells...Read More

  • 16. Time Square

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    The mall is known for its luxury goods and souvenirs, including cigars and jewelry. ...Read More

  • 17. Tuff Gong Record Shop

    Music Stores

    Housed in a studio that's part of the Bob Marley group of companies, this shop carries an impressive collection featuring the legend himself...Read More

  • 18. Wassi Art Handcrafted Caribbean Home Accessories

    Crafts

    You'll find ceramics and other arts and crafts, all of which are made in Jamaica. ...Read More

  • 19. Coffee Mill of Jamaica

    Food/Candy

    The Coffee Mill of Jamaica sells Jamaica's famous Blue Mountain coffee. Enjoy a cup while shopping for herbs, spices, jellies, jams, teas, and...Read More

  • 20. Hemp Heaven

    Crafts

    Hemp Heaven sells apparel and accessories made of hemp. ...Read More

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