Do’s and Don’ts of Shopping in Barbados – Advice From Melissa
I’ve been to Barbados 100s of times when I took the job as a Port & Shopping Guide my first ship 22 years ago, on the Old Noordam in the late ’90s, we came here every week, and I’m thrilled to have advised thousands of guests about the shopping in Barbados ever since. Get the essential information on shopping in Barbados here.
If you only have a short amount of time to shop during your visit to Barbados, there is no need to travel downtown; the Cruise ship Terminal is more than adequate if you only have an hour or so before you must get back to the ship the terminal really has it all. You can even buy diamonds in an hour in the conveniently located Diamonds International in the terminal.
Got more than an hour then DO head downtown, the area is full of history and great to walk around. There is also a more abundant Diamonds International, so if you’re looking for fine jewelry or watches, Diamonds International has it all. Ask for Jason or Kisanka they are super helpful.
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I realize that some of you have been to Barbados many times before, been to the downtown area, taken part in the tours, and visited beaches. If this is you and you want something different, take a taxi to Holetown; you will find a fantastic shopping and lifestyle paradise called Lime Grove. Every beautiful shop imaginable from designer watches, jewelry, leather, clothes, cosmetics, and fragrances is situated in Lime Grove.
There are many boutiques with a ton of brands; there is Breitling, I.W.C., Cartier, John Hardy, and much more tax & duty-free brands. While managing a shopping program for Marella Cruises, I cruised on the Marella Explorer 1 in January 2019. I planned on meeting the Shopping Lecturer on Oceania Riviera. When I arrived, she had six guests (3 couples) who really wanted to go shopping with us in Lime Grove. She had told them about how amazing it was, and they absolutely loved it, off the tourist trail, laid back, quiet, clean, and full of fabulous boutiques, shops, cafés, and bars.
Looking for diamonds, then DO look at Diamonds International, designer brands such as Bulgari and Cartier boutique. DO take your time and look at things not able to find at home such as a perfume, here is one we saw that day called Kai, which is an oil that you roll on, the smell lasts forever and is a beautiful fragrance.
DO relax, take your time, and enjoy the lovely bar in the middle for some refreshments, coffee bars, cafés, and restaurants, worth the visit. Four ships were docked in town, and the Cruise Ship Terminal and the downtown area was rammed, but we felt so laid back and hassle-free, I recommend it. Serious about shopping, love brands, and quality merchandise, then definitely head down to Lime Grove www.limegrove.com. There is a free shuttle, so check it out here.
If you love a bargain and you DO have time to find a local supermarket, you will often find local items that are more than double the price in airports and tourist areas.
In Barbados, look for coffee and check out Wyndams Dawn Patrol, roasted on Barbados, which smelled divine. Rum cake, souvenirs, yes you can find these in supermarkets, wine and a local beer called Banks beer and of course Ting! You have to try a bottle of ice-cool Ting not available anywhere except various Caribbean Islands, then DO it, add a little Vodka to give it a kick, and have fun. 😊
Email links at the bottom:
Diamonds International Barbados – https://www.facebook.com/DI.Barbados/
Limegrove Lifestyle Center – https://www.limegrove.com
Kai Fragrance – https://kaifragrance.com/
Wyndams Coffee – https://www.wyndhams.bb/
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