When they want to get away from the beach, many visitors go shopping in Barbados! Barbados has a wide range of shops, everything from small privately owned artisan shops to large multinational duty-free shops, casual open-air markets to elegant air-conditioned plazas.
Jewellery, watches, crystal, cameras, audio and video equipment and fine fragrances are available duty-free with prices up to 50%. When making a duty-free purchase, you must present your passport or travel documents and bring your purchase with you or have it delivered to the airport for collection when you leave the country. Visitors to Barbados can also shop duty-free for up to a year after their visit if they shop by mail order.
Harrison’s and Cave Shepherd are the two biggest department store destinations when shopping in Barbados. Harrison’s has nine locations, including Broad Street, Hastings Plaza, the airport, and several hotels. Cave Shepherd has locations in Bridgetown, DaCostas Mall, Sunset Crest, the Bridgetown Cruise Ship Terminal, and the airport.
Duty-free shopping for jewelry and gemstones is also available at Columbian Emeralds, Columbian Jewel, The Royal Shop, Correia’s Jewellery, Jewelers Warehouse, Diamonds International and Little Switzerland.
Columbian Emeralds has locations in Bridgetown, the airport and the Bridgetown Cruise Ship Terminal. They offer a full warranty on all their products, plus free 90-day insurance against damage, loss or theft, and certified appraisals on jewelry and gemstones.
Visit the Royal Shop for watches; manufacturers include Omega, Cartier, etc. They also stock a selection of jewelry, silver, and gemstones.
Correira’s Jewelery specializes in loose diamonds, gemstones and gold and each stone comes with a certificate of appraisal from one of the certified gemologists on staff.
Jewelers Warehouse is a unique shop with a traditional atmosphere and friendly service. Purchases are all guaranteed and certified.
If you’re shopping for fashion and accessories in Barbados, visit Colors of De Caribbean in Bridgetown, while Gatsby’s nine boutiques along the west coast and Bridgetown are the place to shop for designer clothes, shoes, swimwear, jewelery and accessories.
One of the joys of shopping in Barbados is finding unique items handcrafted by artisans on the island. Island artisans sell art and collectibles at craft fairs held year-round and at Daphne’s Sea Shell Studio, Earthworks Pottery, Fairfield Pottery and Gallery, Iron Gardens, and Pelican Village.
Many hotels are also home to small shops selling a wide variety of local crafts and designer fashions, and many towns and cities have shops selling unique island crafts, as well as cigars, liquor, and collectibles.
Shopping in Barbados is not limited to Bridgetown. Several smaller towns such as Holetown in St. James and Speightstown in St. Peter have craft shops and gift shops. Several shopping malls and plazas are also located outside Bridgetown. Chattel Village shopping areas are becoming increasingly popular in Barbados. They feature shops housed in traditional chattel house style selling souvenirs, gift items, clothing and local arts and crafts. You can find these property homes in Holetown, St. James and St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church.
When shopping in Barbados, stores are generally open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, and 8:30 am to 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm on Saturdays. Most shops are closed on Sundays.
The beaches are beautiful, but shopping in Barbados offers a unique and interesting alternative.