George Town is the best place to shop in the Cayman Islands.
Here, you'll find a good selection of duty-free china, perfumes,
leather goods, watches, crystal, and more. Jewelry (mostly gold)
is a popular buy and available at stores such as 24 K-Mon Jewellers
(Treasure Island Resort), Savoy Jewellers (Fort Street and Church
Street), and The Jewelry Center (also on Fort Street). For china and
crystal, check out the Kirk Freeport Centre (Albert Panton Street).
Caymanite , a stone found only on the eastern edge of Grand Cayman's
East End and the bluff on Cayman Brac, is sold throughout the islands
mounted as jewelry. The semi-precious stone, a form of dolomite, ranges
from a light beige to a beautiful amber color and is often mounted in a gold
setting. Another popular island purchase is the Tortuga Rum Cake ,
available from the Tortuga Liquors (
800-444-0625), made using five-
year-old Tortuga Gold Rum. Sealed in a yellow and red box, the cake is the
product of a 100-year-old family recipe. If you want to skip the cake, take
home a bottle of Tortuga, Blackbear, or Cayman Gold Rum. Black coral
jewelry is also a widespread commodity, but note that its harvesting de-
pletes the sea's black coral supply. Only jewelers licensed to remove the
coral may do so.
: Without a certificate testi-
fying that your purchase is from an approved
seller, your black coral may be confiscated at
Anything made with turtle products should also be avoided. All goods -
including oils, steaks, shells, and jewelry - made from turtles and turtle
shells have been banned by US Customs. Even passengers traveling
through the US to other nations will have to surrender turtle products at
Local products you won't have to worry about clearing through Customs
are arts and crafts. Look for birdhouses made from coconuts, brooms
woven from thatch, and pepper sauce distilled from fiery Scotch bonnet
peppers to capture the spirit of the islands.
Know your prices before you leave home; those
“bargains” may or may not be such a good buy.
Some of the really good deals are on Cayman-