Shopping opportunities abound in the British Virgin Islands. Each island offer great places to pick up everything from necessities to luxuries that will enhance your vacation experience to exotic gifts and local handicrafts that will serve as a perennial reminder of your memorable trip.
All Roads Lead to Road Town
There are several trendy and traditional locales to shop throughout the BVI. One of the newest is the Tortola Pier Park. Opened in February 2016, this cultural and retail complex offers more than 80 shops and restaurants. These include jewellers like Little Switzerland, where the diamond and gold rings and bracelets that make up the exclusive Avance collection can be the start of a family heirloom, and House of Luxury, where bracelets in the Hearts of Fire exquisitely cut diamond line are sure to create happy memories. Women can find colourful scarves and shawls reminiscent of the Caribbean Sea at JspoRe, whilst men can buy equally vibrant shirts, ties and tees at Urban V.I — and both are at the Park. Also there, Blanc du Nil is a cute and airy store that offers an array of white cotton clothes that are very Caribbean styled, from skirts, blouses, and dresses for women to shirts and pants for men.
Everything is made from Egyptian cotton at very reasonable prices, so make sure to visit this “All white clothing store”.
There are shoes for both sexes in a variety of styles from beach perfect to island chic at Marchepieds. Taíno Boutique & Gifts sells jewellery as well as tropical clothing for men, women and children. A mile west of the Park, near Peebles Hospital, men can shop in a sophisticated man cave setting for upscale and casual clothing at Marco’s Men’s Clothier. There’s no need to rush, guys; the ladies can entertain themselves nearby at Mi Amor Jewellers. The coolest keepsakes here are Caribbean Memories bracelets, necklaces and earrings that pair sterling silver with specks of Tortola beach sand. Wearing these pieces will keep you feeling warm and sunny until your next trip to the BVI.
Beyond Road Town, traditional hot spots for shopping are Tortola’s West End and East End, including Trellis Bay on Beef Island, where there’s an abundance of local arts and crafts. Territory wide, browse and buy at Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour in Virgin Gorda and The Settlement on Anegada.
Arts and Crafts
Original watercolour paintings, prints and old-style West Indian maps are sold in galleries throughout the territory and make a picture-perfect reminder of a great vacation. As for crafts, nautical and eco-friendly fans will like travel bags, handbags and totes stitched out of repurposed sails, kites and tarpaulin. There are many other inspired art and handicrafts created by local artisans, too. These include handwoven baskets, wood carvings, metal sculptures, pillows, quilts, beach bags, tropical Christmas ornaments and housewares like place mats, napkin rings and bowls crafted out of island-grown materials such as bamboo and coconut shells. Children especially like the soft-cloth dolls. The Crafts Alive Village in Road Town, Tortola, is the best place to find a volume and variety of these items. Seasonal events include the Caribbean Arts & Crafts Festival in March at Trellis Bay, Tortola.