- Art Galleries, Locally Made Items & Art Supplies
- Beauty Products
- Bicycles & Bike Repair
- Book Stores & Stationery
- Clothing Stores
- Dive Equipment
- Duty Free
- Electronics, Computers & Cameras
- Food Shopping
- Buying In Bulk
- Furniture Cayman Islands
- Garden Centres
- Home goods
- Jewellery & Watch Stores
- Liquor Stores
- Musical Instruments
- Office Supplies
- Party Accessories
- Shoes, sneakers and sandals
- Thrift Shops
Grand Cayman offers a wide range of goods and services from high-end items, to surprising bargains and everything in between. It is quickly becoming one of the Caribbean’s shopping meccas, and it is not just for the duty-free items. Artwork, books, toys, cameras, jewellery, household accessories and furniture, are just the beginning of what our shops have to offer.
For high-end clothing or accessories, fashion lovers no longer have to travel abroad as there are stores offering a wide selection of upscale items, especially in the swim and resort wear range. Recently, more shops have opened that offer great choices at relatively low prices, therefore fashionistas who prefer a bargain should not be disheartened. While shopping on Grand Cayman offers more variety, the Sister Islands are known for their handmade items and special mementos.
There are a number of shopping centres in Grand Cayman, each offering an extensive variety of shops to choose from. In the central George Town area, many of the stores are aimed at tourists, specifically those coming off the cruise ships. Shops and shopping centres in this area, such as Bayshore Mall and Island Plaza, sells jewellery, art work, souvenirs and beauty products. Along the Seven Mile Beach strip, there are clothing stores, especially those selling swim and resort wear, salons and a few stores selling books, stationery and craft supplies. The majority of the furniture stores are located within or near the Industrial Park, and the major homeware stores are located in the vicinity of Eastern Avenue. Camana Bay is full of shops, from clothing to books and kitchen supplies to shoes. In Savannah, the Countryside Shopping Centre houses a Foster’s Food Fair-IGA, an A. L. Thompson’s and other shops from healthcare to salons.
While the prices of some goods are more expensive than in the US, there is often a very valid reason for this. Every item sold in Cayman has to be shipped to the Island either by air or sea; then, Customs charge duty on (most) items at 20% (to retailers) or 22% (to the general public). This duty is calculated based on the value of the goods, the shipping costs (from origin), as well as the insurance charged. The items are then displayed in stores that pay far higher electricity bills than in the US and have to pay high work permit fees for their staff. However, seasonal sales, such as Black Friday, do happen, so make sure to keep an eye out!
Please keep in mind that some goods/items cannot be found in Cayman due to certain laws. For example, all items that depict the cannabis plant cannot be imported. However, de-hulled hemp seeds can be bought in Kirk Market because they do not depict the cannabis leaf.
Leather goods and cameras are duty-free as well as being free from sales tax. (Editor’s note: in this context, duty-free means the Government has not added any import or customs duty to items when they are imported into Cayman, while tax-free refers to the absence of any form of sales tax in the Islands).
If you have ever been into a large US or Canadian grocery store, Cayman’s stores are very comparable. They carry most major US and Canadian brands, as well as USDA certified meats, UK brands such as Waitrose and Tesco, lots of fresh fish, shellfish, meats and a variety of vegetables and fruit and local food and produce.
There are good wholesale stores located on Grand Cayman if you are looking for bulk items such as nappies (pampers), cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels and family-style portions of frozen, canned and dry foods. These stores also sell an array of different items, from appliances and furniture to electronic equipment.
High quality furniture is available from stores like IDG and Dwell while large home centres like A. L. Thompson’s, Cox Lumber, Kirk Home Centre and Uncle Bill’s sell a wide selection of relatively inexpensive furniture. It is even possible to buy quality restored and refurbished furniture.
Specialist children’s and baby furniture can be bought from a number of stores while second hand baby furniture can also be bought in Cayman.
Whether you’re renting or purchasing a home, most houses and condos come fitted with a washer, dryer, fridge and stove. Many also come with a microwave and dishwasher. If you are renting, properties usually come equipped with plates, glasses, cutlery and pots and pans. Linens and towels are less frequently provided.
With elegant stores stocked with luxury designs from Rolex to Bulgari, to small boutiques selling locally crafted pieces, the Cayman Islands is the jewellery Mecca of the Caribbean. While watches, gems and precious metals are not duty-free in Cayman, they can be cheaper than in Europe or the US since the Cayman Islands do not have a sales tax.
Most liquor stores in Grand Cayman are well stocked with top brands plus some carry rare vintages of wine, champagne and port . You can purchase beer and wine by the case at the larger stores, and also count on expert advice on choosing a bottle of good wine from the staff. But you can also buy rum, champagne and vodka etc as well as all the mixers, chasers and non alcoholic beverages from the smaller stores.
For more information and a list of businesses providing office supplies, visit the Office Supplies & Equipment page.
Well known brands of shoes and sandals are available in Cayman, but you just need to know where to look as often these brands can be found at clothing, boating or surf stores. As well as shoe stores we list some of the other locations in Cayman which might just sell what you are looking for.
There is a good selection of thrift shops in Cayman that all sell a variety of nearly new items at competitive prices. They are always in need of donated items in good condition. They will then sell them on and use the proceeds to support various good causes or distribute the items to the needy within the community.
Toys are bulky and better sourced locally, especially as you will constantly be picking up something new for the numerous birthday parties your child will be invited to the minute they start school! There are a handful of local independent specialty stores which carry very thoughtful, good quality and educational toys.
Priced Right and Cost-U-Less carry a variety of toys which change weekly, and occasionally you can find an inexpensive gem.