You're heading to Turks and Caicos and want to bring back not just memories, but meaningful souvenirs. Shopping in Turks and Caicos offers first time visitors a vibrant selection of meaningful keepsakes to choose from.
After experiencing the stunning turquoise water, and general beauty of Providenciales, you’ll definitely want to bring a little piece of the island home with you. This guide is designed to take the guesswork out of shopping in Turks and Caicos, helping you find the best spots for those special keepsakes.
Since we've been traveling to Turks and Caicos for several years, we've explored all the nooks and crannies of the shopping scene in the Grace Bay area. From conch shells and handmade jewelry to classic souvenirs like t-shirts and coffee mugs, we're excited to share our firsthand experiences to make your trip unforgettable.
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Where To Shop In Turks and Caicos
If you're envisioning sprawling shopping malls with endless rows of stores, you might need to adjust your expectations a bit. Turks and Caicos doesn't have traditional shopping malls. Instead, most of the shopping is confined to small complexes that offer a mix of boutique shops and restaurants.
That said, the main stretch Grace Bay along Grace Bay Road is where you'll find a variety of shops that will more than fulfill your vacation shopping needs, from souvenirs and local crafts to high end jewelry.
We're going to point you in the direction of the main shopping areas that serve as the central hub for all your Turks and Caicos shopping fun in Grace Bay. These areas are all within walking distance from the main tourist area of Grace Bay known as “The Grace Bay Strip”. This area is easily walkable from those resorts centrally located in Grace Bay. Although, should you be renting a car, parking is readily available on the main street or within the complexes themselves.
Saltmills Plaza is the go to spot for most first time visitors to Turks and Caicos. Located in the heart of the Grace Bay, it offers a mix of boutique shops and restaurants. One highlight is Potcake Place, one of the best free activities in Providenciales, where you can take a puppy for a walk on the beach.
We've spent many afternoons here, particularly enjoying the unique jewelry and art pieces from The Wellington Collection, Anna's Art Gallery, and Anna's Too. It’s safe to say at least one piece comes home with us each visit.
Oh, and if you need a little cooling off? Turksberry Frozen Yogourt is always a good choice.
Located right across the street from Saltmills Plaza, Regent Village is another must visit Turks and Caicos shopping spot. This complex offers a variety of fun souvenirs shops that offer the likes of T-shirts, beach bags, and little bottles for collecting island sand.
For those interested in high end shopping, Jais Jewelers offers exquisite pieces. FOTTAC (For All Things TCI) is also worth a visit for its unique, Turks and Caicos specific items like Bambarra Rum and Rum Cake!.
Regent Village is also home to one of Turks and Caicos main coffee shops, Beans and Leaves. With the second coffee shop Lemon2Go located in the block beside Regent village, this side of Grace Bay Road makes for a great shopping break and an iced latte.
Ports Of Call Plaza
Located across the street from Seven Stars Resort, Ports of Call Plaza is hard to miss with its vibrant bright green exterior. This Grace Bay complex leans more towards dining than shopping but does offer a few charming gift shops that are worth a little meander about.
The highlight is the famous Turks and Caicos mural map, perfect for those Instagram worthy photos. You can't see the mural from the street as it's along the side of the main building, so make sure you go for a walk around. It's a really fun spot to take some photos, and perhaps the perfect spot for your Christmas Card photo?
There's also a bunch of pirate themed statues scattered around the courtyard that are great fun for kids to play while you refresh with a margarita at Skull Rock Cantina.
Grace Bay Market
Grace Bay Market is the newest shopping complex in the area and is quickly becoming a popular spot for casual dining and souvenir shopping. Located on Allegro Road, it's marked by a giant Adirondack chair which makes for a great photo op spot!
Here you’ll find a mix of swimwear and clothing boutiques. Ladies, you'll want to check out Arashi Swimwear Boutique for those pretty cover ups and tropical prints. You can shop Island Organics for the home and body along with several other hand made souvenir shops, including a Fish Fry vendor fave, Nikkis Trinkets. There’s plenty to see around and see at Grace Bay Market.
In the open air green space there’s a good chance you’ll happen upon some live music to enjoy while enjoying a slice of pizza from Provoli Pizza or some sweet treats from Sugar & Homemade Ice Cream.
You can also play a number of giant sized garden games like Connect Four and Chess.
One Season Grace Bay Plaza
One Season Grace Bay Plaza is located on Grace Bay Road, situated right beside Seven Stars Resort. It’s hard to miss with the giant “ONE” metal sculpture positioned at the corner of the block. This sculpture was created by a local named Roland Tibor, who owns his own machine shop on the island.
Anchored by The Terrace, an open air restaurant that regularly features “the big games” on the televisions, One Season Plaza is home to several shops and touring outfits. The best known would be Beach Monkey and Coco Boutique which both offer high end apparel and beach wear making this a great spot for shopping in Turks and Caicos.
One Season Plaza is also home to Turks and Caicos only co working space, On Island. Should you find yourself having to focus on a little work during your stay, On Island has capabilities for all your business needs.
And if you’ve finished shopping at One Season Plaza, be sure to head across the street to Caicos Plaza.
Caicos Plaza is home to a wonderful jewelry shop, Atelys. Atelys Jewelry is another one of a kind hand crafted jewelry shop. The work is absolutely stunning. What’s great about Atelys, is you can bring your own shells or sea glass that you’ve found on your travels and it can be created into a personal piece of jewelry just for you. Definitely worth stopping in here if jewelry is your thing.
If it’s not, you can always get a tattoo from Tats N Tings or check out the artwork at Driftwood Studios. Caicos Plaza is also home to a great little bakery and Caicos Cafe, a popular restaurant among visitors to Turks and Caicos.
The Fish Fry
As you may already know, The Island Fish Fry is held every Thursday night right next to Mr. Groupers Restaurant. Well, The Fish Fry is not all about the food and drinks and the party. We're mentioning it here is this article because it's also a great place to find a lot of the local artisans in one place.
If you don't want to spend a day or afternoon out in the heat shopping, you can find most of the above mentioned artists at The Fish Fry. Make an evening of it by enjoying the food and pineapple drinks and do some casual shopping at the local vendor shops.
This area isn't centrally located in Grace Bay but it's still a walkable distance from some of the Grace Bay Resorts. A short taxi ride will take you there in a few minutes.
Map Of Grace Bay Shopping Plazas
The purple shopping bags reference the plazas we've listed above.
What To Buy In Turks And Caicos
When it comes to shopping in Turks and Caicos, you've got lots of cool options for unique souvenirs and gifts. We've personally brought home beautiful conch shells from Da Conch Shack, which now serve as stunning reminders of our trips.
We've also found some amazing handmade pottery from local artists and jewelry from The Wellington Collection. And we can't forget our straw blown beach scene coasters from Nikki's Trinkets. Oh, and we always bring home some Bambarra Rum and some Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce!
By shopping for any of these items, you're not just bringing home souvenirs, you're bringing home a piece of Turks and Caicos.
Popular Items And Trinkets Unique To Turks And Caicos
- Local Art and Handcrafts: There is no shortage of incredible artists in Turks and Caicos. There's a lot of beautifulcreations. You'll find everything from woven baskets and hats to local paintings and carvings. These handcrafted items make for really authentic keepsakes.
- Conch Themed Items: Besides conch shells, you can also find conch themed art, jewelry, and homeware. Conch pearls make for a unique and special gift. We purchased our conch shells from Da Conch Shack but you can also find them around town and at the Fish Fry. It's important to note that tourists can take up to three conch shells home without having to obtain a permit.
- PeppaJoy Hot Sauce and Local Sea Salt: If you like a little kick, PeppaJoy Hot Sauce is a local favorite (and ours too!). Turks and Caicos sea salt is another popular item that's versatile, great for cooking or even as a bath soak.
- Locally Made Designer Clothing: Brands like Sea Sage, Konk Apparel, Provo Clothing offer clothes that capture the island vibe.
- Caribbean Coffee: If you're a coffee lover, you'll want to bring home some locally roasted coffee from TCI Coffee Roasters.
Duty Free Shopping In Turks And Caicos
In Providenciales, the only location for duty free shopping is the Providenciales International Airport (PLS). The airport has a designated duty free shop carrying alcohol and tobacco products.
There's also a smaller Jais Jewelers at the airport which obviously offers luxury jewelry and other goods. Be sure to ask at the main Jais Jewelers in regent Village, what options you’ll have at the airport if you see something that catches your eye.
Things To Know When Duty Free Shopping In Turks and Caicos
Customs Exemptions: Both residents and visitors to Turks and Caicos are allowed certain customs exemptions. This means you can purchase duty free items such as alcohol before your trip and bring them into Turks and Caicos to enjoy during your stay. This is a great option if you're hoping to keep expenses down during your holiday.
Returning Home: Many countries allow you to bring in a certain amount of goods without incurring customs duty. Be sure to check your country's customs landing card for the duty exemption limits. If you go over your limits you may have to pay extra fees or worse case, your items may be confiscated.
Shopping Tips For Tourists
Navigating the shopping scene in Turks and Caicos is pretty straightforward, but there are some things you should know to make your experience as smooth as possible.
Payment Methods – Cash Or Card?
The currency in Turks and Caicos is the U.S. Dollar, so there's no need to worry about exchange rates if you're coming from the States. Most places on the island accept all major credit cards like Visa and Mastercard. Plus you'll find ATMs easily if you need to withdraw cash. Several banking facilities are also available in and around the Grace Bay area.
But, like most vacation hot spots, cash is king especially for smaller local vendors. It's always nice if they don't have to incur the extra service fees when possible. Also, should your travel plans take you across to North and Middle Caicos, cash is definitely preferred.
When it comes to dining out, we usually pay with a credit card if it's an established restaurant, but we always make sure to tip in cash. It's a good practice that's greatly appreciated by the staff.
Is Turks And Caicos A Bargaining Culture?
Bargaining isn't a big part of the shopping culture in Turks and Caicos. You might encounter some room for negotiation at the Fish Fry or with beach vendors at Da Conch Shack, but generally, prices are fixed. So, if you're the type who loves to haggle, you'll find fewer opportunities here compared to other tourist destinations.
Safety Tips While Shopping In Turks And Caicos
While Turks and Caicos is generally a safe destination, it's always wise to take precautions, especially since you’re a tourist in a different country. Here are some tips and general reminders to keep your belongings safe while enjoying your shopping and holiday experience.
The Ododos Unisex Cross Body Bag can be worn two different ways. Store your phone and keep your cash within easy reach with the smaller pocket. Light weight and not bulky, ideal for the hot temps in TCI.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas. Pick pocketing is rare but can happen, so just be cautious. If you’re having a few drinks and having a good time at The Fish Fry, just keep an eye on your valuables.
- Don’t display large amounts of cash when you're out and about. The less attention you draw to yourself, the better. You might think this is a no brainer but we’ve seen many wads of cash being pulled out for the world to see during our travels around The Islands.
- If you're approached by beach vendors offering tube rides or parasailing, most are legitimate and will likely be wearing their tours branded t-shirt or rash guard (like our friends at Key To The Sea Parasailing). However, it's a good idea to know the going rate for these activities beforehand to ensure you're getting a fair deal. You can always book online, but sometimes it’s just easier in the spur of the moment.
Even though you won't find those bustling outlet malls in Providenciales, you'll still have fun shopping in Turks and Caicos. From exploring the boutique shops in the Grace Bay area to discovering unique, locally made souvenirs, Turks and Caicos offers a unique and memorable shopping experience.
Whether you're interested in luxury items, local crafts, or just some fun keepsakes, you'll find something that speaks to you. And, knowing you can pay as you would at home, you can shop with confidence.
So go ahead, indulge in a little retail therapy! You're on vacation, after all!
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