Plenty of Shopping Opportunities Available Here!
St John's is the capital of Antigua & is where all the visiting cruise ships dock. The town centre shops are a just a few minutes walk from the harbour & there are plenty here to suit all shoppers. Wooden & brightly painted, the town has a relaxed friendly atmosphere - there were some strange but seemingly harmless characters wandering around - a bit like home really, just steer clear!
We found the shop assistants all very friendly in St John's & all were very helpful too. They would happily chat to you & made you feel quite welcome in their family run shops.
What to buy: We bought local craft souvenirs, nothing expensive really.Related to:
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Several outdoor market stalls: Shopping With a View!
On your way down to English Harbour, look out for the designated viewpoint set on top of a hill, just up a few steps. It may have a name but I don't recall it! It's got a great view down to the sea & then you can stop & buy a T shirt as a souvenir! We didn't intend to get one but the ladies were just so funny & friendly that we felt we should!
I think possibly the taxi drivers do some kind of a deal with these people as ours seemed quite keen for us to take a look! It was worth it for the laugh though!
What to buy: T shirts, local craft type souvenirs etc.
What to pay: Inexpensive - but haggle of course, they expect you to!Related to:
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Abbotts' Jewelry: Jewelry, Watches and More
Abbott's is a shop that carries just about anything you could be looking for: jewelry, crystal, porcelain, watches, perfume and other duty free items. My wife and I were shopping in the Heritage Quay area when we decided to stop in for a look.
My wife is a fan of Lladro and is always on the lookout for unique pieces to add to her collection. She found a beautiful Polynesian figure that she instantly loved. From the look on her face I knew this was a done deal. I inquired about the price and was surprised that the figure was so low. Apparently we came in at the right time; there was a 10% off sale on LLadro that week. So within ten minutes we were rung up, packed up and happy to have another addition for my wife's China cabinet at home.Add to your Trip Planner
St Johns duty free area
St Johns duty free area isn't huge, but consists of the usual duty free jewellary sellers such as Columbian Emeralds, Diamonds Intl etc. There are also some smaller more local jewellers.
Other shops of interest was of course is the liquer shop to stock up on the rum to take home. An art shop, and various other handicraft and clothing outlets.
Unless you intend to do some serious shopping, a morning OR an afternoon will suffice.
If you want to take a little look ar around St Johns, then perhaps get there about 10am, and get picked up about 3pm - enough time for some shopping, some sighseeing, and lunch.Add to your Trip Planner
Shipwreck is one of the many souvenir shops you'll find in St. John; in particular in Heritage Quay. The them of most of the souvenirs is Pirates; shirts, mugs, post cards, etc. There is also a large selection of just "Antigua" souvenirs.
My wife purchased some Christmas ornaments for her Motehr and mine; which were reasonably priced at $5 each.Add to your Trip Planner
The Liquor Store: Duty Free Liquor
The Liquor Store is just one of the many shops in St. John selling duty free liquor. The shop had a large selection of local Caribbean rum as well as international brands of liquor. Basically if you drink it they've got it here from inexpensive Vodka all the way up to pricey Scotch such as King George.
Knowing your prices is key to get a bargain as well as being able to haggle. The prices here in St. John were okay; we have found the best prices in the Caribbean so far to be St. Maarten.
What to buy: On our last visit we bought some local rum for a friend back home. English Harbour was our choice of rum and it was a good price at $7 for a nice sized bottle.Add to your Trip Planner
Caribbean Helicopters: Off the Shopping Track
Caribbean Helicopters has a little display at the heliport selling various items of clothing with their logo. This includes:
Contact them by mail at:
JH Box 170
What to buy: The only thing I bought was a DVD about MontserratRelated to:
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Airport Duty Free: Cheap Liquor and Last Minute Souvenirs
The Airport has duty free shops in case you have forgotten to pick up some jewelry, liquor, perfume or souvenirs for the folks at home. We picked up some Johnnie Walker Blue for a friend back home, some fridge magnets, a straw basket and a shot glass for one of Liz's friends. We also picked up a snack for the plane as I knew the food offering in business class ahead of time; and they were not that appetizing.Add to your Trip Planner
The Boutique at Sandals: Beachwear, souvenirs and more
The Boutique at Sandals has every thing you might need while on a beach holiday from toilietries, medications, sunblock, bug repellent, bathingsuits, clothings, shoes, bags, magazines, local rum, candy, books and the usual array of souvenirs.
My wife loves to shop so I knew I was in trouble day one of the vacation.My wife is a savvy shopper; she knew there would be a sale later in the week according the the resort daily flyer so she scoped out what she wanted; waiting until their special sales during the week to snatch up her desired items at a reduced price. As Sandals Select Members we receive 10% off any purchase we make but having additional savings is always a bonus. We also received a coupon for 20% off as a bonus of being Butler Guests.
During the shoe sale she scooped up a pair of flip flops for herself and her friend Lydia that has interchangeable decorations for $42 a pair with a 15% off. During the bag sale she scored two beach bags at 25% off; one small one for $20 and an enormous one for $50. We picked up a shirt for little Robert which was the only non sale item at $21.99 for a small kids shirt. I also found a tee shirt I liked during their tee shirt sale and was $23; not bad.
Realize going in this is a resort; the prices will be very inflated for most items in particular toiletries and medicines. Bring your own sunblock and supplies so you won't get fleeced $10 for a toothbrush.Add to your Trip Planner
various: Shopping in Antigua
Visit the duty-free malls in St John's restored waterfront of Redcliffe Quay, which is excellent for local arts and crafts (palm-frond bowls, pottery, batik, woodcarvings), designer brands, fragrances (including frangipani perfume) and jewellery. More duty-free bargains such as island-aged rum, handicrafts and beachwear are available from Heritage Quay. It is only a short walk from the Quays to the centre of St Johns were there are numerous souvenier shops
What to buy: Take home passion-fruit soap, handmade jewellery, Antiguan rum and Susie's Hot Sauce.Add to your Trip Planner
Not the Duty-Free shops
We looked at a few of the duty-free shops but didn't buy anything in them. Instead we got some fun sun-dresses at one of the many vendor stalls nearby. They're located in a cluster of stalls where they do pounce upon you as you enter. Each vendor will want to sell you their wares and they all sell similar stuff.
Be brave and forge through!Related to:
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Abbott's Jewelry: Duty Free Shopping
Abbott's Jewelry is a good duty free shop right in the Heritage Quay shopping are; just a short five minute walk from the pier.
The shop has a variety of duty free items; jewelry, perfume, liquor, crystal and some fine china and porcelain items. During our visit I found a charming piece of LLadro that I fell in love with at first sight. I love LLadro and have several pieces at home that I adore. This piece in particular spoke to me. The figurine was of a Polynesian girl in a skirt, lei and holding several tropical flowers in her hands as she smelled their fragrance. It was very delicate and femine piece. The figurine was called Aroma of the Islands. I inquire to the price and was very surprise at the low figure but was told there was a sale on LLadro of 10% off. Still the price was very low and hard to pass up for such a lovely piece.
I informed a staff memeber I would like to purchase this piece and they hurried to the back to get the box. I inspected the box and the figurine to make sure both were intact and had all th official LLadro paperwork attached. All was in order so the purchase was made. We left satisfied with our purchase and I couldn't wait to take it home to my china cabinet.
**Upon returning home we looked up the figurine on the LLadro website. The figurine was listed as $660 and we paid $450. What a good bargain.**Add to your Trip Planner
Heritage Quay: Heritage Quay
Heritage Quay is a purpose-built shopping area in St John's. It is aimed firmly at the day-trippers who visit from the cruise ships, with most shops selling duty free products such as cosmetics and jewellery. There are a few shops which sell more local produce such as coffee and spices, but the prices are quite steep compared to those on the market in the centre. Even if you don't want to shop, it's a pretty place to wander around in.
What to pay: Heritage Quay is quite expensive - try some of the shops or the market in the centre of town instead.Related to:
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Shopping in St Johns
The only place on the island to shop is in the islands capital St Johns
There is nothing much to shop for on Antigua.
In St Johns you will find the usual tourist souvenir shops and can also find duty free jewellery and drinks.
Make your way to Redcliffe Quay where the cruise ships dock and you will find plenty of jewellery / diamond shops to keep you busy.
Redcliffe Quay overlooks the harbour on one side, and is one of the oldest parts of St. John’s. The restored Georgian buildings are painted bright and vibrant colours. There is a yacht marina there now, but this was the main trading place for slaves, rum, sugar and coffee between Antigua, Europe and Africa.
What to pay: Duty free shopping is much cheaper than EuropeAdd to your Trip Planner
They'll discount the ticket price somewhat, but thereis always another $50 to be squeeze out of them! - I saw it happen with 2 different shop assistants while we were there, where the customer was indecisive about the purchase.Add to your Trip Planner
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