A hidden gem isn’t written about in a guidebook or easily found online. These destinations aren’t as popular or well-known, but they have plenty to offer travelers.
George Town is famous for its duty-free prices and is a top spot for jewelry, watches, cameras, and other accessories. Plan your shopping trips for Monday or Saturday to avoid the cruise ship crowds.
Camana Bay Town Centre
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Whether you’re in the mood for a new pair of flip-flops or a fresh resort wardrobe, you have many options for the best places to go shopping in Grand Cayman. In addition to boutiques featuring international brands, you’ll find plenty of local artisanal treasures, bestselling books, and high-tech gadgets.
The swanky waterfront town of Camana Bay offers a sophisticated shopping destination just a short stroll from Seven Mile Beach. This sea-to-sound community features contemporary Caribbean architecture and swaying palms, creating an island paradise setting. Locally owned specialty boutiques showcase the latest fashion, beauty, skincare, and technology items alongside a curated international and Island gifts collection.
Many jewelry and watch stores such as Rolex and Citizen feature top brand names. Precious gems, including diamonds and emeralds, are available at reasonable prices. Other popular souvenirs include rum and rum cakes, which can be found at most grocery and liquor stores, and handmade items like sea glass, pottery, and coral.
Those with an eye for fashion will enjoy visiting the luxury shops at Camana Bay Town Centre and Cardinal Avenue in George Town. For a unique Cayman experience, shop on the first Wednesday of each month when participating shops stay open late and offer special offers and spot prizes to evening shoppers.
George Town’s Cardinal Avenue
One of Cayman’s central shopping districts is George Town’s Cardinal Avenue. The area is renowned for its duty-free shops, where you can purchase jewelry, watches, fragrances, crystals, and more at bargain prices. Kirk Freeport Plaza Ltd offers one of the largest Rolex collections in the world, as well as other luxury brands.
For souvenir knick-knacks, head to the Cayman Craft Market, where vendors sell woven thatch hats and handmade jewelry made from shells, wood, and Caribbean clay. Some items seem cheesy, but many are artistic statements with lasting value, including pieces crafted from caymanite, a hard marble-like stone found in cliffs on the islands.
Those looking for more high-end products can browse boutique stores and malls in George Town, which carry many current styles and trends. Boutique shops specializing in a specific designer sit with mega stores offering a complete selection of the world’s best choices.
Art enthusiasts can visit Guy Harvey’s Gallery & Shoppe, a 4,000-square-metre store carrying everything from paintings to flip-flops with colorful underwater scenes. Health food fans can check out Island Naturals Retail near the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, which carries vitamins and supplements from brands such as GNC and Bulletproof. Try Bluewave for beach and resort wear, which carries RVCA, OluKai, Billabong, and Roxy clothing.
Whether you’re looking for a unique souvenir or something that evokes your Cayman Islands experience, the Island offers plenty of shopping opportunities. Browse jewelry shops, art galleries, and leather goods stores in central George Town for unique gifts. There are also several luxury boutiques selling designer handbags and luggage sets.
Shop for a taste of the Caribbean with jewelry from the Island’s precious gem, Caymanite. This stone’s layered earth-tone colors create a unique finish to jewelry and carvings. Shops such as Pure Art Gallery & Gifts, the Museum shop, and the craft market sell this beautiful Caymanian treasure.
Regarding clothing, the Island’s Red Sail Sports retail boutiques offer stylish fashions for men, women, and children. Men can refresh their look with a new polo shirt, while ladies can pick up a new swimsuit or pair of shorts from one of the many designer brands on display.
Known locally as Blue Plaza, Galleria is an upscale shopping center south of Seven Mile Beach featuring exotic home-accessories stores, a spa, and our very own Jacques Scott Wine Cellar. It’s a great spot to shop in Cayman for jewelry, gifts, and other luxury goods, as it’s duty-free, so the prices will be less than you would expect to pay at home.
Rum Point is a sliver of beach on the north end of Grand Cayman. While it is less exciting than Camana Bay or Seven Mile Beach, it is a lovely spot for shopping and relaxation.
During the day, the beach at Rum Point is lined with lounge chairs, hammocks, and brightly colored picnic tables. Visitors enjoy relaxing under the sun, snorkeling, and soaking up the Caribbean breezes. It is a beautiful place to find a spot of shade and a sip of a tropical cocktail.
At night, the sands at Rum Point come alive with fun local live music and dancing. Many guests enjoy the upscale Solis restaurant, which features lounge and table-side seating, a center bar, and TVs for watching special sporting events.
For high-end shoppers, Rum Point has several jewelry stores and a few fine boutiques selling designer watches and accessories. It is a great place to find souvenirs that convey the spirit of your vacation.
It is a short drive or water taxi ride from Rum Point to Starfish Point. This secluded beach is famous for its shallow waters, home to many starfish. Many past visitors recommend bringing your snorkeling gear and taking one of the combo tours, including a visit to this unique destination.