Antigua & Barbuda Shopping

SHOPPING:

the main sopping district is in St. John’s between Redcliffe and Newgate streets, but numerous other shops are concealed in alleys and lanes. Popular buys are imports, straw handicrafts and sea island and silk-screened

cottons. Antigua’s duty-free shopping, includes French perfumes, cashmeres, English tweeds, Irish linen, tobacco, pipes, English bone china, Swiss watches, jewelry, crystal and cameras as well as children’s clothing, accessories and toys. St. John’s also has several jewelry stores where shoppers can find good buys on their favorite gemstones. Both locally produced rumand imported liquors sell at discounted prices. Cuban cigars are available here, but U.S. citizens are forbidden by law bring them home. Situated on lower Redcliffe Street, Redcliffe Quay consists of a charming collage of shops overlooking the waterfront. The area, which was once a slave compound, harbored compound for area merchants after slavery was abolished in 1834. Traditional architecture is accented by narrow alleys and picturesque courtyards interspersed with quaint shops and restaurants.

Heritage Quai, at the foot of St. Mary’s Street, contains a pier that accomodates cruise ships. Reggae and calypso bands occasionally perform at a small band shell, usually when cruise ships are in port. A modern complex, Heritage Quai prvides a diverse selection of duty free shooping for gemstones and handcrafted jewelry. Other shops feature apparel and accessories, fragrances and cosmetics, tobacco products, liquor and linens.

Local potters live and work at the Sea View Farm Village, at the center of the island near Gunthorpes, where products range from primitive cooking pots, bowls and trays to figurines, vases, lamps and mugs. Jolly Harbour, on the island’s southwest coast, boasts an array of restaurants and shops overlooking a picturesque marina. Many of the shops feature beachwear, jewelry, perfume and souvenirs. Visitors also can make arrangements for boat charters, car rentals and diving excursions. Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour also accomodatesan extensive marketplace. Restaurants and shops are tucked away in the restored buildings of what was once the headquarters of the British Royal Navy. Some shops have extended hours, but stores are generally open Mon. to Sat. 8-5. Many shops are open on Sunday when cruise sips are in port. Banking hours are Mon.-Thurs. 8-2, Fri 8-4. The bank of Antigua also is open Sat. 8-noon.

 

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