Marine Terminal & Market: Shopping Could Be Better!
At the Marine Terminal you'll find at least 10 shops with eveything from Caribbean clothing, and handmade crafts, to artwork, postcards, music and lots of small souvenirs. Just outside in tents, vendors sell a lot of the same but the most amazing and colorful items were Asian Indian silk clothing items --- saris, tunics, etc. The clothing ran about $25 or so for an outfit which I thought was reasonable for the quality.
There is security there and you may be asked for documentation if you are leaving or returning to a ship. Just beyond the tents is where cruiseship excursion buses are located and taxis can be hailed.
What to buy: I have to say that the most appealing thing to me were the postcards, but if I had more time I might have thought about some of the Asian Indian silks I saw there! Many Asian Indians have made this island their home for generations and so their cultural influence is noticeable in many areas.
What to pay: Inexpensive to moderate prices.
West Mall: For Expatriates
This Mall is very nice and beautifully decorated. Most of the Trini's think that this mall is only for the expatriates...but its not like that. If you dont want to walk in the unsafe main Port of Spain, then i feel this is the safest place to shop, even though its costly. My first convern is safety. Try out!!
What to buy: From fast food to local food. Bank to Mobile. Mens, kids, women, sports...wine...caters everyone.
What to pay: no bargain
The low down on shopping
Trinidad is cheap. Everything is cheap. But be prepared, as there isn't the usual chains and brand names that you find in the UK or the USA.
Market stalls are an excellent way to pick up a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.
What to buy: You have got to try the local delicacy (?) if you can call it that.
It's 'Pepper Sauce' - and it goes on everthing and anything. They even add it to Pizza!!!
However, be warned - it is seriously HOT!!!!
What to pay: Not a lot in comparison to living at home.
Your holiday money should go a long way.