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Shopping in Turks & Caicos Island
 
 
 

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Shopping in Turks & Caicos Islands is fairly expensive. Products made by locals are great finds and wonderful souvenirs. You can find gallery upon gallery filled with artwork by island artists, as well as beaded jewellery, conch shell jewellery, woven accessories, pottery, handmade dolls, and tinkling wind chimes.

Rum and coffee made on the island are also popular souvenir choices. Be on the look out for Bambarra rum and A Taste of Island Time Coffee. Turks Head beer from the only micro-brewery in the country is another great find.

Turks & Caicos Islands is one of the few countries in the Caribbean at which you can not only shop duty free at many locations, but, avoid sales taxes and luxury taxes all together. US visitors who stay on the islands for more than 48 hours are permitted to bring up to $800 worth of duty free product home with them, such as cameras, china, cigars, crystal, perfume, jewelery, liquor and watches. Those who stay less than 48 hours are permitted up to $200 worth of product. Rules for Canadians are slightly different, who must stay for a week before they can return home with $750 worth of products, though after 48 hours they may bring home up to $400 worth of items. You can find duty free shops in the air port, the lobbies of many hotels, and throughout the rest of the country.

The official currency in Turks and Caicos is the dollar, making it easy for American visitors to shop. Business hours typically run from 8:30 am to 5 pm. daily, except on Sundays, when most shops stay closed for the day.

Places to Shop

A few small shopping "villages" or plazas are located either on Grace Bay Road or Leeward Highway. The most prominent of these are the Saltmills (Grace Bay Road), which has seven shops, including a wine-and-liquor store, and several restaurants; and Ports of Call (Grace Bay Road), with eight shops and several restaurants. Several new plazas have opened up on Grace Bay Road, including the Ocean Club Plaza, Regent Village and Le Vele Plaza.

If you are looking to do some clothes shopping, head to Ports of Call. This is where you will find numerous clothing and accessory boutiques, as well as a few souvenir shops.

For the widest array of shops, head to Regent Village, which has clothing, accessories, art shops, souvenir shops, and more, all in one area. The village has over 30 shops in 150,000 square feet of area.

Finally, when you are on the hunt for accessories for your home, Saltmills Plaza is where you want to shop. There are also a few accessories and clothing stores in the area.

South, Middle and North Caicos are where you want to go to find the most unique souvenirs. There are dozens of shops on each island that promote artwork and crafts made by native artisans.

Shopping doesn't have to stop at your hotel door. A number of hotels and resorts in Providenciales have very good in-house boutique shops, many selling items you won't find in most standard-issue hotel gift shops.

 

 
 

 



 


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