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Shopping in St Lucia


Special purchases include unique batik and silkscreen designs made into shifts, sports shirts, table mats, cocktail napkins and shopping bags produced at a studio on the road between Castries and La Toc. Other craft outlets sell locally made bowls, beads, straw hats, flour-sack shirts, sisal rugs, bags, sandals and woodwork.

Other local products of note include an inventory of at least seven kinds of locally distilled rums from La Belle Creole (also known as Wilco, Ltd) Most visible is a delicious version flavoured with coconut, and Seventh Heaven, a variety that's (informally and unofficially) advertised for its powers as an aphrodisiac, thanks to the combination of ginger, local herbs, and aromatic bark that go into it.

Duty-free shopping is available to all visitors, provided they present their passport or airline ticket when purchasing goods.

Shopping hours are generally Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm; Saturday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm; and 9 am-9 pm in shopping malls.

Places to Shop

Most of the shopping is in Castries, where the principal streets are William Peter Boulevard and Bridge Street. Many stores will sell you goods at duty-free prices. There are some good buys in bone china, jewellery, perfume, watches, liquor and crystal.

Built for the cruise ship passenger, Pointe Seraphine, in Castries, has the most comprehensive collection of shops on the island – Pointe Seraphine features over 30 duty-free shops (open seven days a week), bars and restaurants placed around an open piazza – along with offices for car rentals, organised taxi service (for sightseeing), a bureau de change, a philatelic bureau, an information centre and international phones. Cruise ships berth beside cement piers immediately adjacent to the shopping centre. The complex was designed as a labyrinth of arcades and cottages that meander amid landscaping in a kind of extended garden. Access to the compound requires that you present a cruise pass or an airline ticket to the shopkeeper when purchasing duty-free goods. Visitors can take away their purchases, except liquor and tobacco, which will be delivered either to the airport or to your cruise ship, depending on your means of transport.

Another duty-free shopping complex is at La Place Carenage. Here you will find fine jewellery arts and crafts, ideal for gifts.

On Gros Islet Highway, 3 km north of Castries, Gablewoods Mall contains three restaurants and one of the island's densest concentrations of shops.

There is also the JQ Shopping Mall in Rodney Bay. This mall is home to numerous stores, art galleries, a post office and even a supermarket.

Visitors who prefer the idea of an open-air market should head for the Castries Craft Market or the Soufrière Market. Castries Craft Market is over 100 years old, and shoppers will be dazzled by the locally designed and handmade clothing, paintings, spices and other crafts. The Soufrière Market is also known for making locally produced items such as straw hats, clay pots and hand-woven baskets.





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