Shopping: Take a piece of Jamaica home

Shopping: Take a piece of Jamaica home

Jamaica, Negril, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Port Antonio, Kingston
Before your Jamaican vacation is over, grab yourself a piece of paradise.

Before your Jamaican vacation is over, grab yourself a piece of paradise. The satisfaction of inspecting a product before purchasing it—feeling its durability, smelling the ingredients, and seeing true quality—in Jamaica is enhanced by the knowledge that many products are handcrafted and produced locally. With everything from trinkets to high-end products, shopping in Jamaica will leave you with souvenirs to suit every taste.


Laid-back Negril boasts the silky sands and blue tranquility of Seven Mile Beach. Vendors roam daily, charming shoppers with everything from handmade crafts to tasty snacks and creative offerings like beach massages and hair braiding. Collections of stalls such as the Negril Craft Market and ten-year-old Rutland Point are respectively located in both the sandy and rocky parts of the city. For added variety, Time Square Shopping Center offers duty-free shopping.

Port Antonio

Musgrave Market is considered the most popular food market in Port Antonio. On its shoreline is the Musgrave Craft Market, which sells authentic goods such as those created by descendants of the Maroons. In front of Fisherman's Beach is a group of small huts that make up the Craft Village. This shopper's paradise includes a bar, snack bars and an outdoor play area for younger visitors.

Ocho Rios

Harmony Hall Gallery features the work of over 100 Jamaican artists. Whether you're staying in Ocho Rios or visiting after docking at the port, picking up souvenirs is easy. The Ocho Rios Artisan Market, Pineapple Artisan Market and Coconut Grove Market are surrounded by living spaces and attractions to make it easier to support local vendors. If you're cooling off in Dunn's River's natural cascading downpours, their on-site craft market provides one less stop.

Montego Bay

This tourist capital has retail options to suit all types of shoppers. Get added value by visiting the merchant village, which is also a historical site. For example, the grounds of the 17th-century Montego Fort include the shops of the Old Fort craft market; and the Montego Bay Cultural Center offers exhibitions on site from the 20th century and hosts the National Museum.

While you're enjoying the city, Harbor Street and the Holiday Craft Market are conveniently located near major attractions and popular resorts where you can stock up on souvenirs. Speaking of attractions, the spooky Rose Hall Big House is located across from the Shoppes of Rose Hall. This shopping village features a variety of handmade goods, resort wear, luxury items from jewelers like Casa de Oro Jewelers, and more.


For a more authentic experience, why not go shopping locally? Kingston residents flock to the shopping centers at Half Way Tree and the downtown shopping districts. Attractive product displays, loud speakers and promoters with microphones lure customers inside.

In the city centre, next to the Jamaica Convention Centre, the National Gallery and Victoria Pier eateries, is the Kingston Craft Market. The endless view of the rolling waves of Kingston Harbor is an added feature known as "brawta" in the local language. In Half Way Tree, an inner Kingston neighborhood, you'll find Sun Island and sister store My Jamaica. Known primarily for island-inspired T-shirts, the stores are almost synonymous with Jamaican-made goods. These, as well as the Bijoux duty free shop, are a must-visit for many shoppers before flying out of Kingston Airport.

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Source: visitjamaica

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