shopping_1There are definitely items available in Jamaica worth seeking out. Local artists create amazing crafts; from paintings of local scenery to wood carvings. Local art is unique and will spice up any home.

Exclusive to Jamaica are high-quality woven crafts. Baskets, purses, hats, and other finely handcrafted items are available in a wide variety of colors, but the most commonly found will be the three bright Rastafarian colors, yellow, green, and red, that just shout “Jamaica”.

Another worthwhile shopping opportunity is the Blue Mountain Coffee for which Jamaica is famous. Locally grown and harvested, this coffee sells in the United States for more than twice its local price. Items available at duty-free savings are in abundance in the duty-free shops in Jamaica. U.S. visitors can save 25 to 30 percent on popular items such as brand name crystal and china, brand name watches, jewelry of all kinds and perfumes, and brand name leather products such as Fendi and Liz Claiborne.

Another important thing to remember is that in order for shopping items to be considered “duty-free,” they must be paid for in foreign currency. American dollars will be accepted almost everywhere, and many locations accept major credit cards.

Jamaican woven crafts
Island Village gazebo