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Shopping in Antigua

The primary shopping area on the island is in St. John’s, near the cruise ship terminal. This area doesn’t have the charm of many Caribbean shopping districts although it’s worth a two- or three-hour excursion to have a look at the goods offered in the small boutiques.

Along the waterfront you'll find the most tourist-oriented shopping, with duty-free wares such as fine jewelry, perfumes, and liquor. Look for Gucci, Colombian Emeralds, Little Switzerland, and other fine shops at Heritage Quay. Besides these pricey gift items, you'll also find a good selection of tropical prints and batik fabric sportswear (made on the island) sold in this area. Caribelle Batik has an excellent selection of shirts, skirts, and shorts in tropical colors.

Redcliffe Quay is a scenic place to shop and have lunch. You will find plenty of cool shade, brick courtyards, and restored buildings where you can shop for Caribbean items in a charming atmosphere.

If you’d like to get away from the tourist center, take a walk up to Market Street for shops aimed at the local residents, including many fabric stores offering beautiful tropical prints.

Outside of St. John’s, head to Harmony Hall in Brown’s Bay Mill. This art gallery, which originated in Jamaica, features work by many Caribbean artists. Original works as well as prints and posters are for sale, accompanied by crafts, books, and seasonings that capture the spice of the island.

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