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Barbados shopping, duty free shopping, stores, boutiques...


Barbados has excellent duty free shopping and we hope the following information will help you find some great bargains. When contacting stores please let them know you saw them on our site!

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Duty Free items cost 30 - 50% less than in US and European stores and so the large international jewellers have branches in Bridgetown. They all offer the type of security you need when making an investment; certified appraisal of authenticity on gemstone jewellery, full international guarantees and international service offices you can contact at any time. Take your white card with you whenever shopping, given to fill in when you arrive. Most will accept this as proof of eligibility to purchase duty free- if in doubt also take your passport. When you buy anything duty free you will be given a white and pink receipt - at the airport you present your pink copy and keep the white copy as your own receipt.

Generally speaking, shopping hours are 8.30 - 5pm Monday to Friday and the larger stores open until 6pm on Fridays. Saturdays 8.30 - 4pm.

Banks are open until 3pm Monday to Thursday and until 5pm on Fridays. Do not go at lunch times and /
or avoid Fridays altogether if possible as they get very busy. Some banks now open on Saturday mornings.

UK travellers - the Cirrus sign is clearly marked, for example outside Bank of Canada, where you can draw
cash using UK Switch cards. We find this a far easier and less risky way of getting money - and you only draw what you
need so don't end up with $BD or $US that need changing back when you return. You can usually draw up to $BD 1000
per day (about £340)

Use a map of Bridgetown (Barbados capital) to plan your shopping spree. Parking is pleasantly inexpensive.
The three easiest places to park are Carlisle Car Park, Independence Car Park and City Centre Car Park (indoors)

The best time to travel to Bridgetown is around 9am before the midday heat and after the morning rush hour
(if you travel by bus 8 - 9 or 3 - 4.30pm you'll regret it!)

Alternatively you could shop in Holetown, St James (West Coast) which is possibly the most varied outside of Bridgetown. Make it a full day trip and take in lunch and some sightseeing while you are there! This is one of our favourite areas of the island - not only is it pretty, with lots to see and do, it is also very safe and family oriented. One of you wants to shop and the other dive? Visit our Dive page and enjoy the viz…..!

Or go to the Sheraton Centre, just off the ABC Highway in Christ Church, which houses 70 speciality stores
and trendy cobblestone Food Court with 15 restaurants. Supercentre's flagship store JB's Mastermart is nearby.

You'll be amazed at the many fabulous buys you'll find from both local and international designers and
Duty Free shopping is now available in many of the leading shops and boutiques nationwide.

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Duty Free Shopping -


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Clothing Boutiques -

A few of our favourites...

Lazy Days and Island Waves is probably the best beachwear and surf shop to be found in the Caribbean! This is owner run by Bill and Annie Thompson.

Dingolay and Company has quickly become a favourite with locals and visitors alike, owned by Claire Worme and Karin Truedson. It is packed with classic Dingolay resort wear and originals and the ever popular children's line that will delight the little ones in your life. They carry show stopping accessories ranging from shoes to hand bags to hats to toe rings. The staff are helpful and friendly and if you need alterations these can be done within 24 hours.

Island Living Clothing offer a cool, comfy line of 100% cotton clothing for kids and adults. It comprises casual shorts and shirt ensembles in an array of cool Caribbean colours. There is also an-ever changing collection of hand-painted designs, transferred by laser to t-shirts, available for ladies and gents at a lower cost.

Fashion Conscious Golden Anchorage House, Holetown, St James (next to the 99 in Sunset Crest) Tel (246) 432 5747 Email fashoincon@sunbeach.net I recommend this store as it has reasonably priced clothes for teenagers and young adults. Good selection of men's and women's clothing with some designer brands eg Tommy Take a look! I get more of my clothes from here than any other outlet on the West Coast. Emma

Angels & Dolphins situated at The Tropical Escape Hotel ,Paynes Bay St James .....432-6939
Designer ladies wear , from Europe .

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Swimsuit and Beachwear

There are several excellent swimsuit and beachwear designers and manufacturers right here in Barbados. Check out gear by Ripples, Sandbox, Wet n' Wild and Zonna.

The main outlets are lazy Days and Island Waves, Cave Shepherd's "On the Beach" Dept and Up Beat. We'll soon be listing store locations and contact details.

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Arts and Craft

Visit www.artbarbados.com and pick up a free copy of their great new brochure

Michael Adams "The Nature and Culture of the Islands" www.mangosart.com Email info@mangosart.com Tel (246) 422 0704

The Verandah Art Gallery Tel (246) 426 2605 Fax (246) 437 2109

Gallery of Caribbean Art Tel (246) 419 0858 Fax (246) 437 2109 Email www.caribsurf.com

Concreations of Barbados Tel (246) 428 4803 Email mmmsealey@caribsurf.com
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Supermarkets and food markets


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