Shopping

The Cayman Islands is quickly becoming one of the shopping meccas in the Caribbean and not just for duty-free items. From the high-end, to surprising bargains and everything in between, a wide range of goods and services can be found locally. Artwork, books, china, cameras, jewellery, watches, household accessories and furniture, to name a few, can be purchased from an array of shopping centres.

Fashion lovers no longer have to travel abroad to purchase high-end clothing or accessories, as there are stores offering a wide selection of men’s suits and workwear and a phenomenal selection of swim and resort wear, lingerie and even evening wear, should you need to make an appearance at that gala. Fashionistas preferring a bargain should not lose heart; there are many shops that offer great choices, at very low prices.

Fashion lovers no longer have to travel abroad to purchase high-end clothing or accessories, as there are stores offering a wide selection of men’s suits and workwear and a phenomenal selection of swim and resort wear, lingerie and even evening wear, should you need to make an appearance at that gala. Fashionistas preferring a bargain should not lose heart; there are many shops that offer great choices, at very low prices.

For those interested in local creations, there are stores around the Island that carry handmade crafts, artwork and delicious artisanal jams and pepper jellies. The historic shop at the National Museum is a wonderful stop to make, if buying local. They specialise in jewellery made from the beautiful and uncommon Caymanite. The Farmer’s Market in George Town (next to the cricket pitch) and at Camana Bay, continue to improve their offerings, with local farmers working diligently to increase the varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs that can be grown in Cayman. If you have green thumbs, head down to the Botanic Park, the Department of Agriculture (located in Lower Valley and open during the work week) or one of Cayman’s numerous plant nurseries to purchase plants and fruit-bearing trees.

Is there something specific you’re looking for? There’s a great article on Shopping in Grand Cayman on Explore Cayman that could assist in finding that hard-to-locate item and/or perfect souvenir.

Art Galleries, Locally Made Items & Art Supplies

This section will tell you everything you need to know about galleries, art supplies and where to purchase locally made goods in Cayman.

Beauty Products

Having been asked where people could find beauty products they had been using before they moved to Cayman, we decided to list the well-known brands that various businesses stock. The variety is impressive!

Bicycles & Bike Repair

Cayman has a very good selection of bicycles for sale for adults and children.

Book Stores & Stationery

Cayman has a really good selection of bookstores and it is easy to spend a lot of time browsing and exploring them. All are very different. Books are duty-free!

Clothing Stores

For a small island, Cayman is getting quite a few clothing stores. While selection may be slim, you’re sure to be able to find something to wear in a pinch!

Dive Equipment

There are many small stores and dive centres that sell and rent dive equipment. The following two are the biggest stores:

Duty Free

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).

Electronics, Computers & Cameras

Cayman has a decent selection of electronic stores, and has always been a fabulous destination for purchasing cameras.

Food Shopping

If you have ever been into a large US or Canadian store, Cayman’s grocery stores are very similar. They carry most major US and Canadian brands, as well as USDA certified meats, UK brands such as Waitrose, lots of fresh fish, shellfish and a variety of vegetables and fruit.

Finding organic food, especially vegetables and fruit, is now very easy as Cayman grows a number of organic crops and fresh organic produce is shipped from overseas. Most supermarkets are very accommodating and if you can’t find something that you miss from home, they will usually order it for you. Make sure to save the packaging so they can get the UPC or bar code number.

Buying In Bulk

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.

Furniture Stores

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. The Nook sells quality restored and refurbished furniture.

Children’s and baby furniture can be bought from Bedside Manor in Camana Bay, the Baby Shoppe in Alissta Towers on North Sound Road and from Little Darlings in Bodden Place. Second hand baby furniture can be bought through the ecaytrade website and at Kids Karma Closet.

Garden Centres

Plants, trees and potting soil can be found at the Island’s plant nurseries and also at the Botanic Park’s Nursery, as well as the Department of Agriculture in Lower Valley.

Home goods

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.

Jewellery & Watch Stores

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.

Liquor Stores

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.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are duty free! You can also look on ecaytrade to see if there are second hand instruments for sale on there.

Party Accessories

People in Cayman love to throw parties. Fortunately, there are several party supply stores and services available to serve your needs, regardless of the size of your event.

Shoes, sneakers and sandals

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.

Thrift Shops

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

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.