I collect refrigerator magnets and that's the first thing I buy whenever I go to a particular destination. I buy at least five and bring them home as gifts, too.
You can buy refrigerator magnets at different gift shops. I prefer to buy refrigerator magnets that are made of rubber because even if they fall from the refrigerator, they won't break unlike those made of ceramics!
Refrigerator magnets price range from $1.99 to $4.99.
5s5Haggling is allowed in the shops in Belize City especially those stalls of arts and crafts at the Fort George Crafts.
I bought three t-shirts for $24.00 while other tourists bought one for $16.00. Don't just take the price that the sales people give you. Make the most of your money!
The Fort George' Crafts is actually a street in Belize City where you can find people selling their crafts. Some are small stalls and tables that display their items like woven bags, embroided wall decorations, Mayan carvings, etc.
This is where I found nice and uniquely handcrafted chess sets. Some have the motiff of Mayan ruins. There are small chess sets and there are also bigger chess sets. You have to ask the owner what price she can offer you. Don't haggle with the salesgirl, ask for the owner to give you a discounted price. Begin asking for the least price then start haggling from there...
This is a mall in Belize City. There are many stores inside that sells jewelries and gifts from Belize. I have seen a lot of nice silver jewelries here.
For the embroidered bag and purses, it is better to buy outside than here. They are cheaper and you can haggle from the vendors.
The Belize Audobon Society has a small shop with books on local birds and other animals, and typical souvenirs like hats, T-shirts, beach towels, postcards, etc. Part of the money you spend here goes to support a good cause, conservation of Belize's wildlife, which is a big part of what many of us come to see.
From our observation, the vast majority of cruise ship passengers who come to Belize never get past the enclosed shops that are right on the docks. Folks who are just a little more travel savy will go out the gates and onto Fort Street where they will find the more authentic and charming Fort Street Flea Market. We found the shops here to have more character and lower prices. Also, the vendors here, with far fewer customers, seemed more eager to bargain.
At one of the stalls Karen bought a very nice "Made in Belize" wooden salad bowl set at a very good price.
What to buy: You can find just about anything in the Flea Market in the line of souvenirs: T shirts, postcards, native crafts, and a whole lot more.
This is the main boardwalk that is set up for cruise ship passengers. It is clean and neat and isolated from the regular citizens so while you do get unhassled shopping you really miss out on interaction with the ordinary people.
What to buy: I bought a beautiful teak hand carved mask. It appeares to ba a Mayan design but they once populated this area.
What to pay: Double what you will pay in town for anything.
Belize has done a good job of providing an attractive waterfront for visitors to enjoy and also take advantage of some very nice shops for buying crafts, art, clothing, souvenirs and other items. There is a small building complex which features these shops and also the courtyards which they surround. Live music is the name of the game around these courtyards and the "boardwalk" area. The shopping complex walkways are covered to save exposure to the hot sun, and in addition to the regular shops you will also find a small food court with many tables; the "Click 'N Sip Internet Cafe" is very near the entrance of the little complex and a great attraction for those who can't live a day without checking their VT mailbox. Amongst the small shops here you will also find one that sells stamps and serves as a postal drop. The Tourist Info. Office is also located in the complex, and many tour companies have the buses or taxis pick passengers up just outside the rear entrance of the complex.
This definitely seems like the hub of most of the activity in Belize City from what I saw, but there could be other places nearer to other sights of attraction like the Haulover Bridge just up the inlet so it worth checking that out as well.
This not-for-profit foundation has artwork, jewelry, and music by contemporary Belizean artists, so your chances of finding something uniquely Belizean are good at this spot. They also have a selection of books and a video room, and occasionally offer courses and seminars on drawing and painting.
The Tourist Village has a little bit of everything. The prices in the shops seemed very reasonable, even inexpensive, for locally made jewerly, clothing, and gifts of all sorts. I imagine that Belize is the best place to buy such things--likely the least expensive in the Caribbean.
What to buy: Jewerly & gifts.
What to pay: $11 for jade set of necklace and braclet. $7-10 for handmade purse.