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.
This store has the most unique gifts I had seen in the island. They have different cultural arts, woven bags, baskets, potteries, key chains, refrigerator magnets, silver jewelries, postcards, nativity sets, and paintings, etc.
I enjoyed shopping here and I probably spent at least two hours just checking their items. My daughter and I bought a lot of gifts here. One great thing about the store is that the store owner pack the fragile items really good.
The store accepts cash and or credit cards.
What to buy: I bought postcards, refrigerator magnets and a nativity set that is made of clay.
There are many shops in Isla Roatan that sells Worry Dolls. These are believed to remove your worries away. These are tiny dolls with colorful woven clothes. You can find these worry dolls in stores at the Mahogany Bay Shopping Complex or at the Yaba Ding Ding gift shop in Coxen Hole.
In order for these worry dolls to work, you are supposed to tuck in the worry doll under your pillow and your worries will be gone the next day.
What to buy: Worry dolls
What to pay: %One dollar for the bigger ones and the smaller ones are fifty cents.
This is one of the many jewelry shops that you can find in the Carribean. It's a chain jewelry store in the Carribean where cruise lines dock. I guess it's own by the cruise lines. Not sure though. I found a T.I. in Cozumel, Belize and now in Isla Roatan.
It is a duty free shop and you can buy cheaper jewelries here.
This is for those who wanted shop for jewelries. I just put this on this island tip just in case some of those travellers who wanted to know that there are two stores available at Mahogany Bay Shopping Comples. One is also a jewelry store owned by a cruise line company.
One thing that I support when I travel are the local farmers. In Honduras, they produce coffee, however, the coffee in Honduras is not as popular as other countries. But, if tourists start buying their coffee product, it helps augment the income of the local farmers in the area.
This is just a small booth like any other booths at Mahogany Bay. They sell nice hanging decorations. They also have other gift items like purses, native arts and crafts, refrigerator magnets, etc.
The shopping area outside the cruise ship terminal is a series of "flea market" style carts and tiny storefronts. There is a lot of the standard Caribbean souvenir fare - postcards, keychains, carved coconuts, etc. There is also some very beautiful, hand-made and/or hand painted crafts. I bought a lovely carved wood box. The original price was $25, but just by holding out and pretending to walk away, I got it for $10 (which was the "magic" price I had in my head I would pay).
Woody's grocery at the north end of half moon bay is well stocked with grocery items plus all the toiletries and drugstore items that you might have forgotten.
What to buy: I picked up some local ear drops there for just a couple of dollars and they were very effective.
What to pay: locally produced items are very cheap but imported items can be pricey.
Another place you might want to try because of its 12 stores in one convenient location is the Main Street Mall.
Tranquil Moments" is THE shop to create your own souvenir fragrance aroma therapy bath salts. Mix your own!
"V.I.P. Duty Free" carries cigars, cigarettes, wine and liquers.
"Best Coffee and Beverages" is your place for cold beer, soft drinks, snacks, special Honduran coffees. Bring home some Honduran coffee perhaps!
"Diddily's Gift Shop" carries the famous Lenca and Talavera pottery, tropical clothing and beachwear, local crafts, t-shirts and sundry other items.
Other shops carry an array of items such as leather, jewelry, film, cameras, and personal items. You can log onto the internet, and also make phone calls and perhaps inquire about local real estate.
All 12 stores are air-conditioned for your comfort.
What to buy: I'd like the pottery or a CD of Honduran music myself. My husband would definitely like to try a Honduran cigar (one where the tobacco is grown and rolled and therefore completely Honduran if that is possible(is that called a padron??)).
Lenca Pottery is unique for many reasons and buying one or more pieces during your visit to Roatan would be a great way to keep alive this art form and support a worthy enterprise. Named for the Lenca Indians who were one of the first known Honduran peoples, Lenca pottery is still made today by the descendants of these same people.
The process of making this pottery is very interesting because the pottery is made from mud which is then processed after it is mixed with water and finally becomes a "fine-textured clay." After a series of steps, not unlike how all pottery is made, the next phases are where Lenca pottery begins to differ from the rest. Secret formulas to 'preserve' the colors, and burning of different types of leaves to achieve those colors are a part of the secret. The only tools used, other than the potter's own hands, are corn husks and twigs!!
The pottery is beautiful because of its unique & bold design and the striking brown & off-white, dark brown, red, and white colors. The pottery comes in many shapes and sizes and about 200 designs!! ( The pottery does remind me somewhat of the American southwest Indian tribes' pottery though.)
What to buy: Well, the pottery of course!
Another craft worth shopping for at the "Yaba Ding Ding" store are the unique and colorful baskets woven by the women of a mountain village near the border of Nicaragua and Honduras. These baskets are said to be made of pine needles and of course each one is as unique ".
The shop also carries "Santa Barbara" baskets hand woven by the women of the village of "La Arada, Honduras." Knowing they have a good thing going, the women have formed a co-op , "Promocion Arada" to sell their baskets. In this way they help to bring income into their village. You have to applaud the entrepreneurship of these women.
I wish I could have brought some of their handwoven baskets home!
What to buy: Why baskets of course, but really, any craft that is handmade in Roatan itself or Honduras.
The name of this shop is unique and kind of unforgettable. Yaba Ding Ding is a term unique to the Honduran islands. Some use the term, Yaba Ding Ding, to refer to any pre-Columbian artiifacts that are found around the island, but MAYBE more specifically it most usually refers to the handles, feet, or adornments of pre-Columbian vessels which have broken off.
Although we never got the chance, one of the places I really would have liked to look around and shop was "Yaba Ding Ding." This shop carried many types of different local crafts including several types of pottery, Honduran woodcarvings, baskets, tropical clothing, and some of the more typical souvenirs. They also have Garifuna Folk Art which is unique to Roatan.
The shop which is open every day Monday - Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00, is air-conditioned and has local music too. Major credit cards are accepted. The shop apparently is located within walking distance of the cruise ship dock at Dixon Cove.
What to buy: I would definitely be drawn to the local pottery and folk art, but those "yaba ding dings" might be quite interesting too. Oh, yes and I'd definitely have to feed my passion for collecting postcards!
A short walk from the cruise ship terminal, on the left side of the road, we found the Shepherd's Lot Souvenir Plaza, operated by the local Methodist Mission. The is a large but rustic building sitting beside the Methodist Cemetery.
Inside the Shepherd's Lot are numerous individual stalls operated by various private vendors. A wide array of items are available including native crafts, clothing, food items and souvenirs of Honduras. The plaza also offers fax and telephone service.
We bought a few small souvenir items here, at a good price.
Finding Yaba Ding is no easy task but when you do you will be rewarded with some of the best items of the island.
There is loads of island crafts and you can find some great bargans here, just not on cruise ship days.
Remember to barter for the good you wish to get and remember to have a smile on your face.
What to buy: There are some nice scarfs here and wrap arounds.