Where to shop on Providenciales

Providenciales has limited shopping opportunities compared to other destinations. We don't have any malls or large shopping centres and there are hardly any international chains here. Nearly all tourist-oriented shopping is located in the Grace Bay area, which consists of mostly jewellery and souvenir shops.

See Customs Allowances for information on how much stuff you can bring back duty free to your home country.

Painted-metal Haitian lizard sculptures, offered for sale throughout Providenciales.

What to Buy

There isn't any local 'must-buy' souvenirs, and indeed there are actually few souvenirs actually produced in the country.

Island Roast is a locally ground and roasted coffee (although it isn't grown here). Some shops feature sculptures or ornaments made from conch shells produced by local craftsmen. Finally, there are a few local artists with their paintings for sale, but many paintings you see marketed as local aren't from the Turks and Caicos but rather Haiti (see below).

Turks and Caicos Coins, available for purchase at the local treasury. Next up is art from the Haitian Community. Some is locally produced but much of it is simply imported from Haiti. A common form of Haitian art is painted sheet metal sculptures, which is for sale in many local shops, including at the airport. Haitian paintings are also for sale in many shops with varying price ranges, but are generally mid-priced ($50 for a smaller canvas).

Everything else you see in shops (including most shells) is imported and is the same stuff sold across the Caribbean. Due to the small size of the country, you'll see a lot of Jamaica and Bahamas goods being sold (probably due to retooling costs in Chinese factories to make Turks and Caicos branded trinkets).

Conch shells for sale at the Caicos Conch Farm gift shop.

Conchs, Shells and Corals

Conch shells, whether collected or purchased from a shop, require a permit from the Department for Economic and Maritime Affairs to export. This permit can only be obtained during the open-season for conch. Other shells, depending on the species and quantity, also require a permit. Corals of any sort cannot be exported legally.

We recommend that you do not purchase conch shells, conch jewellery or other conch souvenirs because you must either obtain a permit (which can be a time-consuming process) or will likely have your shells confiscated. We have received several complaints from tourists who have purchased shells from local shops only to have them seized at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS).

Find out more at Buying, Collecting and Exporting Conchs, Shells and Corals.

Shopping Locations

There isn't any local 'high-street' or central shopping district in Providenciales. Most shops are organized into plazas, which have between 3 and 25 shops, and most of the plazas are located in the Grace Bay area.

See our Shopping Directory page for a list of shops and their locations.

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