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Shopping in Anguilla

In Anguilla, souvenirs include shells and small models of the islands archipelago. There are small boutiques offering resort clothing and accessories, swimwear and a gift shop offering international name brands in bone china, crystal and jewellery. While shopping is not considered to be one of Anguilla's best features, there are some good deals to be found if you look hard. Keep your eyes open, and cash in your pocket, in case you stumble upon a product you just can't pass up.

For serious shopping (branded items like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, etc.), take the ferry and visit the shops in Marigot on French St Martin. St Martin is also a good place to stock up on French wines and cheeses if you're planning a long stay on Anguilla.

Clothes are not cheap on Anguilla, and the hotel boutiques do not go out of their way to stock bargains. If you need an extra bathing suit, or some beach gear, try Irie on the cliff-side road at South Hill.

Anguilla has a thriving local arts and crafts scene. In The Valley, the Anguilla Arts & Crafts Centre has paintings and ceramics by local artists, as well as embroidery and some lovely cloth dolls. For a good selection of paintings by Anguillian and Caribbean artists, try the Savannah Gallery (Coronation Street, Lower Valley), on the road to Crocus Bay. Devonish Art Gallery, in its new, larger location in Long Bay opposite CuisinArt Road, features the work of Courtney Devonish, the well-known Anguillian potter and sculptor, as well as a good collection of paintings from local artists. Cheddie's Carving Studio (West End Road, The Cove), is the domain of self-taught Cheddie Richardson, who sculpts intricate, whimsical figures from driftwood, stone, and coral. By the roundabout at South Hill, Bartlett Collections has island crafts, as well as an outdoor café.

As you explore the island, you'll notice a surprising number of small art galleries. That's because Anguilla has a number of talented resident artists from around the world. One of the best is American Lynne Bernbaum, whose George Hill studio features her bold images of Anguilla, the Caribbean and France. In addition to paintings, sells prints of her works, including some very Anguillian cactuses and goats.

Pyrat rums (golden elixirs blending up to nine aged and flavoured spirits) are a local speciality available at the Anguilla Rums distillery and several local shops.

Shopping hours are generally Monday to Saturday, 9 am-5 pm. A few shops do open on Sunday.

The official currency in Anguilla is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, though the US dollar is widely accepted. Cash is the preferred method of payment, so make sure you have some on you at all times.





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