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There are no shortage of opportunities to go shopping Jamaica and offers everything from craft markets and duty free to specially built shopping malls; and with Jamaica’s close proximity to the US, you will be able to get pretty much what you want. If you want your shopping experience to reflect your trip to Jamaica, then there is ample opportunity to buy art, pottery, fashion and jewellery crafted by local artists.
Your hotel, or resort may have a dedicated spot in the lobby, and every Jamaican town will have an established craft market. You will even be able to pick up beautiful, hand-carved souvenirs as you travel around the island, as local craftspeople sometimes set up by the roadside to sell their wares. Shopping in Jamaica also means that you can visit one of the many duty free shops, not just in holiday resorts but around the island. Duty free shops are located in Montego Bay’s Freeport Shopping Centre, Negril’s Time Square Shopping Centre and Kingston’s Mall Plaza, and unlike many other places in the world, you can even barter duty free shops.
But shopping in Jamaica doesn’t just mean clothes, fashion and jewellery. Many use it as an opportunity to top up on bottles of rum, and coffee; which are sold across the island and much of which is duty free. The most famous is the golden Appleton rum, but locals tend to drink Wray & Nephew white rum: a much stronger, less smooth rum. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is world famous and while being fairly expensive it is well worth it. It may be worth remembering when shopping in Jamaica that certain things are restricted, or illegal: coral and turtle products are currently illegal under Jamaican law, and Cuban cigars are likely to be confiscated during any US customs inspections.