Your vacation is the perfect time to find the perfect accessory, art, or fashion. The island of Providenciales is home to many jewellers and boutique goods shops, which carry famous international brands such as Rolex, Breitling, Chanel, Citizen, Gucci, and TAG Heuer.
The selection of luxury goods isn’t simply limited to jewellery. Stores carry a wide array of perfumes, spa and skin care products, locally-made organic soaps, and Turks and Caicos salt products.
Nearly all boutique shopping on Providenciales is found at one of two locations: at the shopping plazas in Grace Bay, and at a few duty free shops in the Providenciales International Airport.
Another great advantage of shopping in the Turks and Caicos is that there’s no sales tax or luxury tax!
Duty free shopping is available on Providenciales and at the airport.
Many countries levy significant customs duty fees on luxury items including alcohol and spirits, jewellery, perfume, leather goods, and tobacco products.
Duty free shopping allows for visitors to purchase items while on vacation from certain shops which sell goods intended to be exported. These goods are only available to those departing the Turks and Caicos, and are priced lower because import duty fees do not have to be paid by the local shops when bringing the goods into the country. In combination with the customs policies of the visitor’s home country, which typically allows for returning residents to bring in a certain amount of items without incurring duty, you’re able to buy take the goods back home at great prices.
See Customs Allowances for more details, and an overview of what American, Canadian, and United Kingdom residents are allowed to bring back home.
Many of the luxury retailers have begun to offer some of the well-known international fashion brands, and there’s also a selection of home grown Turks and Caicos designers, including the silk scarves and resort wear of Sea Sage, the Caribbean lifestyle clothing of Konk Apparel, and the casual yet refined I Want To Live On An Island shirts.
Sea Sage offers a unique collection of elegant silk and print scarves, swim wear, pillows, and kaftans, with colours and print designs that are inspired by the natural beauty of the Turks and Caicos.
Konk Apparel is about an active lifestyle and offers limited run accessories and clothing. The conch, a popular symbol of the Turks and Caicos, is incorporated into the Konk Apparel logo and also factors into many pieces. The selection includes hats, shirts and tops, backpacks, sunglasses and more.
These vibrant and stylish shirts convey a simple yet common sentiment held by visitors and locals alike! 25 percent of proceeds from this brand directly goes to children’s education in the Turks and Caicos.
Over the last decade, the collection of locally-made jewellery has greatly expanded.
Conch pearls is the closest thing the Turks and Caicos has to having a national gemstone. These rare and unusual pearls are created in much the same way as the better-known variety from bivalve oysters, but can be found in beautiful shades of pink, peach, and even yellow. It’s possible to find jewellery in the Turks and Caicos that is crafted around this treasure, with both international and locally made examples.
Atelys Adrian is famous in the country for her silver jewellery that incorporates the blue shaded Larimar mineral from the Dominican Republic, sea glass, and personalised designs with stamped inscriptions. There are rings, bracelets, necklaces and more to choose from.
Another local artisan is Wellington Williams of the Wellington Collection. These jewellery pieces combine iconic Turks and Caicos beach sand, colourful pastel inlays from conch, and Larimar.
The liquor stores and duty free shops feature a select collection of spirits and rum, including local and region flavours as well as international brands.
In addition to the beers produced by the local Turk’s Head Brewery, there are several varieties of the locally blended Bambarra Rum and Osprey vodka. Bambarra Rum is available in several different labels, including Gold and the exclusive 15 year old Trouvadore.
If you’re looking to take back home an authentic taste of the Turks and Caicos, be sure to stop by FOTTAC. FOTTAC stands for Flavours of the Turks and Caicos, and as the name suggests, this shop features local Bambarra rums and rum cakes, jams, chutneys, seasonings, hot sauce, and candies.
One interesting establishment on Providenciales is the Cuban Crafters TCI cigar shop. This shop in Grace Bay offers a wide collection of cigars, and also features onsite rolling of cigars. The tobacco leaves used at Cuban Crafters are grown in several Central American nations from Cuban seeds.