Jamaica Shopping

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Jamaica Shopping

  • Patois Dictionary

    There's a pretty good Patois dictionary that's cheap ($4-) and readily available in bookshops. Most Jamaican bookstores are really places where students buy supplies for school, so don't hunt for a store full of books. Another place to find this book is at a drug store, where lots of things other than drugs are often sold. In any case, this is...

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  • Mint Souvenir Postal Stamps

    Jamaican Post Offices are located within easy reach of tourists in most cities, and surprisingly service is good. Jamaican's are rightly proud that a letter or package sent from the USA to Jamaica, or visa versa, will actually be delivered as ordered. Service in many Latin American nations by contrast is a dice roll.A good cheap souvenir to buy are...

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  • Blue Mountain Coffee

    The Blue Mountains between Port Antonio and Kingston is a surprisingly high altitude region that can produce excellent coffee beans. Locally grown beans and ground coffee packed into small burlap bags is available everywhere on the island for tourist consumption. Look for the less attractive packaging to get the lower price but still high quality...

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  • Hip Jamaican Clothes to Buy

    My wife and I browsed numerous vendors in several cities, and found the craft market in Kingston to be the best supplier of everything kitsch. Within the clothes realm though we wait until we needed them, and then we appraised the overall assortment of items. My wife would have to write about the women's garments, but expect a wide variety of...

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  • Music CD purchases

    Since Jamaica's greatest cultural contribution to the world scene is arguably it's music, don't be surprised to find vendors wanting to sell it in CD form. Except at the airport and all-inclusive resort gift shop, most of the famous artist CDs for sale are pirated copies. Jamaican's are matter of fact about the need for music to be priced for...

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  • Cuban Cigars

    Jamaica doesn't produce cigars, but many stores have a humidor for fine cigars from Cuba, and elsewhere in Central and South America. In Negril and other beach resort areas, these shops may be staffed by local Indian-Jamaican shop keepers who know about the presumed value of the cigars, but don't actually smoke cigars themselves. So, it's difficult...

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  • Jamaican Rum

    Most Jamaican Rum is made using a Solera process, where aged rum is extracted from barrels that have from one to twenty years, or so, of aged rum. Blended Jamaican Rum rarely has a vintage or specific age, some good bottles have no age on the label at all. Nevertheless, Jamaican Rum tends to lag behind other producers in the Caribbean, in my humble...

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  • Not Chinese, I presume

    An outdoor market, where some artisans sell their products while working, seems a good idea. It was a quick visit, but it seemed the best location to buy real local crafts at a reasonable touristy price. All kind of local craft works

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  • Negril's best

    I was not impressed with this mall (nor the other, I must say), referred as the best in Negril - Many small jewwellery shops, a couple of touristy stuff, and it was all.But, remember, I'm a very bad buyer. Fernanda is my opposite, and she didn't get impressed too, so...

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  • Just a Mall

    The only thing I really saw in Montego Bay, in the several times I passed there, was... Blue Diamond mall. We stopped there, but... Not impressed...

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  • This man will make you spend it!

    This is Pat, he sometimes works in Pablos Bar, he has travelled quite a bit and is a great cook and conversationalist, get to know him.

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  • Are you crazy about coffee?

    Blue Mountain coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. (I have read that it was the most expensive until recently passed on the international market.) Currently (June 2008) you can find it on the internet for $30 to $70 US dollars a pound. It was available at the Montego airport for about $30 a pound. At grocery stores it was a few...

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  • shopping in Jamaica

    I just returned from Jamaica and found shopping to be not as bad as I had read.. it depends on your personality and how you deal with people. Just as in the states be polite, respectful yet firm. You need to remember this is their living,if you are not interested say no thank you smile.. move on.... when no prices are on item ask what they are...

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  • Blue Mountain Coffee

    Go to any of the shops that have the seal of approval on it or you will be sorry! We bought some from our resort by one of its employees, got hom and it we had been scammed! Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee with the Jamaica seal of approval!!!!

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  • Shopping 101

    This was where we went wrong, we bought all our items elsewhere and when we got to the airport, we should have listened to other reviews like the one I am writing here! Please, do not go and spend money like I did and regret it when you hit the airport. ALL the knick knacks and liquor was way cheaper here. I was angry at the end of my trip when I...

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  • Market purchasing

    Lots of shops selling the same collection of things. The vendors were aggressive in a friendly sort of way. None were obnoxious. Mostly it was in a "Please come and look inside my shop' approach. All prices were negotiable, and if you do not bargain hard you will pay too much. You will do best if you have time and some idea of the real value of...

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  • ~ Shoppers Paradise ~

    There are lots of shops along the beaches in Jamaica. I really enjoyed shopping in the Bamboo Village in Falmouth. There are lots of little huts which sell local crafts such as wood carvings, mugs made from Bamboo, lighters, ashtrays, tshirts, swimwear, bracelets, necklaces, hair braiding, paintings and much more. The wood carvings are fantastic,...

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  • wood carvings

    Jamaica has some of the best wood carvings you can find for both artistic and functional purposes.Remember you can bargain with them. The ones in Montego Bay craft market tend to be less expensive then in other towns. For ocho rios go to the area called Fern Gulley and get your carvings.Try to buy things that can fit in your suitcase. I bought a...

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  • Rum

    Rum is one of the major exports from Jamaica. I had read it would be cheaper at the Appleton Rum Factory and although some stuff was, other stuff was just as cheap or a little cheaper at the duty free in the airport. The rum creams seemed to be the best bargain at the Appleton store, I think it was $4.50 cheaper than at the airport.

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  • Craft markets

    If you go on any sort of day trip, you will likely stop at a craft market where every person running a stall will insist on your stopping by to see their goods. More or less, the first five vendors will have a sampling of the wares that all of the other vendors will have, priced around the same price. Popular items include beaded jewelry, wood...

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  • colorful stuff

    Among the items available are rum, Blue Mountain coffee, gemstone jewelry, shells, local art (there's everything -- from neo-expressionist to primitive), colorful clothing and fabric, preserves and spices, musical instruments, hand-carved mahogany items, local handicrafts, woven straw baskets, embroidery, leather goods and CDs and cassettes of...

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  • Lots of the same sorts of things!

    This isn't about 1 particular shop because you can find a lot of the same sorts of things all over the island. There are lots of gift: t-shirts, Jamaica mugs, Blue Mountain Coffee, but there are lots of local crafts: jewelry including hemp stuff, baskets, wood carvings, etc. You will find a lot of the same types of things sold EVERYWHERE. People...

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  • Shopping

    When shopping, you will be approached many times by people trying to sell wooden carvings. We were also warned not to be fooled by cheap imitations of the famous Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. (If it's cheap, it's probably a bag of dirt.)

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  • look around first

    Unique pattern shirts and skirts. Get a feel for bargaining. Not in the shops but in the markets and near attractions.

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  • Supermarkets

    If shopping for rum or coffee to take back home, stop by a local supermarket where the prices are 10-20% cheaper than the duty free at the airport. Flavored rum creams, Blue Mountain coffee, beaded jewelry

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  • Wood Carvings are CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!!!

    Jamaicans are great wood carvers. Be careful however, Mike noticed a carving with a lot of primer filling in holes. Look for real carvers, (knife in hand working on next project). Some guys buy machine carvings and peddle as hand carved. A little old man sold us this fish for $75.00/American. It cost $78.00/American to DHL it home. Mike saved the...

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  • Jamaica is...colours

    Jamaica and its colours, the Black, Gold and Green...and Red. You can't give up to buy something that remember you the typical Jamaican colours. They are everywhere and all the tourist markets are full of chokers, necklace, bracelets, t-shirts and caps with these colours. The black for the skin colour, the gold (or yellow) for the sun, the green...

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