Ocho Rios Duty free and Craft shopping
Whether you are visiting Jamaica while on a cruise or you are staying in one of Jamaica’s many All-inclusive resorts, you should take time to explore Jamaica’s Duty-free shopping scene. Many prices at Jamaica’s Duty-free stores are much lower than those in the United States and as such, you should take advantage of the price discrepancy. You can find many duty-free items on the Island such as Swish watches, Swarovski crystals, Cuban cigars, Italian handbags, local liquors such as Appleton Estate Rum, name brand perfumes, Blue Mountain coffee and many more.
Although the shopping areas in Ocho Rios/ Jamaica are not quite as big as those in the states, they still offer a good variety of items. Although some sales people at the Craft markets can be pushy, it is still a good idea to check them out as you can usually get some great deals. Many of the sellers do allow you to bargain with them so that you can get the most competitive prices on souvenir items such as art pieces, sculptures, t-shirts, chains, sandals and other items. While shopping in Jamaica, the US Dollar is widely accepted so it’s a good idea to have as many small notes as possible. Why? Because you will receive change in Jamaican dollars so it’s a good idea to not be subject to the exchange rates of the seller’s inside the craft markets if you have larger currency denominations. In order for shopping items to be considered Duty-free they must be paid for in US Dollars so you should always keep that in mind. Many locations accept major credit cards as well to give you more convenience while shopping.
There are many items that are exclusive to these craft markets such as local paintings of local scenery and high-quality woven craft. Another great item to pickup before leaving is the world famous Blue Mountain coffee. This coffee is grown in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains that span the parishes of Portland, St. Thomas and St. Andrew. The reason why this is such a great item to pick up is not only because of its high quality, but because it sells for more than twice its local price in the United States and elsewhere. Some of the best Duty-free shopping locations in Jamaica includes Bijoux Duty-Free at the Tajmahal in Ocho Rios, Casa de Oro in Montego Bay and Soni’s Plaza in Ocho Rios. Before purchasing duty-free items, ensure that you do your research beforehand and compare prices from different stores to ensure that you are getting the best prices. Duty-free sopping in Jamaica can yield many surprising and exquisite items