If you want jewellery go to the malls. Common things in local supermarkets. Local crafts... everywhere. So, why not in the beach?
You may bargain, see people doing them, order your own finishing, and keep on bathing during the work.
Stopped here to get a snack, got one beef and one veggie patty and 2 coco breads to go for about $3....really good crust and filling---on the road to Sav (on the rt) just past the roundabout.
What to buy: patties
What to pay: $1-2
This is located next to the big Craft market at the roundabout side of the beach, where the river flows out into the sea. Boats pull right up after their morning work with snapper, small tuna, parrot fish (yuck!), lobsters (in season) and more. They will scale and clean them for you and the prices, although probably higher for tourists, still a really good deal if you are cooking for yourself when in Negril. Fish is really easy to cook, so give the market a try next time you are here, also you know Jamaicans are making a little money from you---they really need it!
updated june 2012---new area for the sellers, much nicer facilities right next to the river---great photo ops down here, definitely recommended for fresh fish and lobsters in season.
What to buy: fish, lobsters
What to pay: cheap mon!
Fresh fruit, sometimes jerk chicken and also fresh veggies like carrots, tomatoes and more---what ever he can get from the supplier.
updated june 2012--still there and has 2 new kids from his young bride---fruit, some jewelry and trinkets, and also has mushroom tea for the young at heart---a real friendly guy--stop and talk with him if in the area----still does jerk chicken on order---
we got 2 mangos and 8 little bananas (great for frozen rum drinks and snacking!) this trip for 140 J---about $2 US....fresh!
What to buy: soursop, sweetsop, veggies
What to pay: cheap, mon
There is a fairly large grocery store close to the roundabout where you can stop before going up the cliff to your West End resort. They have most anything you will need for self catering including beer and liquor. There is also an ATM right at the door that you can get US or JA money. Alot of places take either.
updated june 2012---spent $74 US on our way in and had lunch and breakfast for 6 days, rum, beer and sodas and saved a bunch from eating out every meal----they only take cash, tho----there is an ATM right at the door....try the local sharp cheddar cheese in a big block---we ate on that all week---delicious!
What to buy: Groceries, Rum, Red Stripe beer, local newspapers
What to pay: average prices
It seems to exist a great dualism in Jamaica's life - tourists for one side, locals for the other. Anywhere else I saw a so distinctive commercial structure, with malls exclusively for tourists. Was it a wrong idea?
This mall, as several other that I visited, has almost nothing to sell in common life - only jewels and touristy staff. I feel cold, in such places, even in the tropics!
Lucea is about halfway to Mobay from Negril, but still only about 40 minutes away, and on saturdays they have a huge market with food, animals, flowers, other goods and a really cool Jamaican experience for those who want to see some real Jamaicans and experience some real fun talking and bargaining with the local farmers and marketers. You can get fresh fruit, clothing, goats and chickens, fresh fish and lots more-----check it out, go early in the morning for the best selections....
What to buy: food, clothing, fish
What to pay: cheap, mon
You need $$$ when you travel and the best way I know how is to use your ATM card from your bank to get money when you need it---this one is very close to the roundabout in Negril--unfortunately there are no ATM machines up on Lighthouse Road, so we must come down and use one closer to town like this one---the door on the left gives out both Jamaican and US $$$, the one on the right only gives Jamaican...there is usually a security guard outside, just swipe your card in the thing by the door and you can go inside and use it in peace!
There is also an ATM machine at the entrance to the Bi-Lo grocery store, but it only gives Jamaican $$.
What to buy: money, mon
This is your normal music jingling ice cream truck going up the road stopping every so often when someone flags him down---lots of choices of ice cream bars and slushes---great visuals on the side of the truck, and a wonderful chance to spend a little $$$ with some real Jamaicans while cooling off from the hot sun!
What to buy: ice cream
What to pay: cheap, mon
You can hear this guy coming up the road from about a mile away---he walks this big contraption that has a really loud steam whistle sound up the road selling his roasted peanuts, raw nuts and nut sweets---I have only seen him in the late afternoons coming up Lighthouse Road, but he may be other places during the day...I really do like giving real Jamaicans $$$ whenever possible, and this guy has been selling nuts for many years in Negril.
I hope you can find him and buy some great freshly roasted nuts...
What to buy: nuts
What to pay: 100 J for a cone of roasted nuts, or a sweet nut patty
Ellen has a roadside stand directly across from the entrance to Banana Shout Resort, which is next door to famous Ricks Cafe. She is extremely laid back, pleasant to talk to, and has some nice t-shirts, etc... for sale in a good location near Ricks and Banana Shout on the Lighthouse Road in West End Negril. If you need a souvineer, please give her a stop and see.....
What to buy: shirts, shorts, hats, dresses, scarves
What to pay: cheap, mon
There is a Mini Mart store directly across the road from the entrance to Seagrape Villas, and close to Negril Escape and Tensing Pen as well. They have juices, sodas, rum and beer, some veggies, butter and cheese, stuff like that. Most of what you might need but not all---rare to find fresh fruit in there, but Ollie's fruit stall is right around the corner. Cash only Jamaican or US $$.
What to buy: rum, food, sodas, bottled water
What to pay: cheap
There is a shopping mall very close to the roundabout in Negril (across from the Burger King) which is basically a gift shop mall for tourists. It looks crowded often so I guess it gets alot of tourist business, but I would suggest that you look for a more real experience walking up the cliff road towards the lighthouse and find a real craftsperson to buy from. The mall used to have a small ice cream shop, but, again, there is a guy who sells wonderful "grapenut" ice cream from his bicycle along the road, where you can be sure a Jamaican is making a little money for their own.
What to buy: gifts of dubious quality
There are places in Negril to buy Blue Mountain Coffee and rum, but I suggest that you wait until you get to Mobay Airport where there are plenty of shops selling different sizes of coffee and the delicious Appleton Rum. I usually get 4-5 one-pot coffee packages and 4-5 mini-bottles of Appleton rum as presents for folk at home, and prices are as good as I have seen in shops in Negril.
What to pay: Coffee is usually $4 for a one-pot package and the rum mini-bottles are about $3-4 each.
Doctor Quality and his wife Faye have a wood-carving shop on the Lighthouse Road almost directly across the road from Seagrape Villas, where I love to stay when in Negril. (seagrapevillas.com). I have bought from him a couple of times before--he has a shop full of already made statues and such, but if you are there for at least a week, he can carve something to your specifications. I wanted a Jamaican Rasta girl-child, and he got a piece of mahogany about18" long and within a week had carved a beautiful young Jamaican girl (bust) with rasta dreads, in 3 different stains (one of which was shoe polish!) and charged me $120. Excellent quality and a real Jamaican piece of art---seriously this is museum quality! I stopped by during the week to see how it was made---fascinating!
What to buy: Wood carvings, colorful cloth, paintings
What to pay: Doctor Quality's carvings run from $10 US to several hundred for a large piece.