What to buy:
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is too poor and underdeveloped to have real shopping choices, but things are staring to improve. In the capital city of Kingstown there are a few stores where you can get jewelry or cigars - including Cubans! - as well as some native handicrafts, at pretty good prices. Also, the new cruise ship terminal in Kingstown harbor has some quite good duty free places. On Bequia, there are shops that sell the island's famous model boats. On Canouan, the shops at the Carenage Bay and Golf Club have a pretty good selection of high quality - if pricey - clothes as well as golfing equipment. The boutique at the Cotton House Hotel and the stores near Basils (as well as the Basil botique), on Mustique also have some clothes, handicrafts and souveniers. Overall, though, SVG is not a shopper's paradise.
What to pay: Prices are generally high. For example, a roll of film can run as high as $12 US. The best bets are handicrafts - especially the model boats in the shops in Port Elizabeth on Bequia Island - as well as the hand painted t-shirts.
Villa Beach, Kingstown, Caribbean
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
St Vincent St Vincent And The Grenadines
Good for: Solo
This is not on Union Island. It's a small 135 acre island, about a 10 minute boat ride from Union....more