Luxury items such as watches, jewellery, perfumes and leather goods can be found on both Providenciales and Grand Turk. Many of these shops offer duty-free items.
Duty-free products are imported into the Turks and Caicos customs-tax free and are offered to non-Turks and Caicos residents only.
In theory, this allows visitors to purchase certain goods and take them home for considerably less than buying them at home, but be aware that some countries have restrictive customs allowances for returning residents.
Customs Allowances for information on how much stuff you can bring back duty free to your home country.
Conchs and Sea Shells
Crafts and shells for sale at Alverna's Craft Market.
One of the most popular souvenirs to take back home, the Queen Conch can be found for sale at many shops and markets.
Be aware that many of the seashell for sale here are not of Turks and Caicos origin. Smaller shells, starfish and coral are typically in this category. Such shells are often sourced in dubious manners from Asia and Africa and should be avoided.
There are other Turks and Caicos shells offered, such as Triton’s Trumpets and Queen’s Helmet Conchs, be these are not always legal.
Souvenirs made in the Turks and Caicos
As is the case at most tourist destinations, much of the items in shops typically is re-branded imports. However, if you know what to look for, it’s possible to find some great gifts and souvenirs that actually have a true connection to the islands.
In the United States and Canada, there is no duty on products manufactured in the Turks and Caicos. If you’re close to the maximum of your home country’s
custom allowance, this fact can help you save.
Art and Crafts
The art scene on Providenciales is quite varied. The many galleries on Providenciales display a beautiful range of paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, crafts, photographs and more.
Handmade on the laid-back islands on North Caicos and Middle Caicos, the baskets, hats, model sailboats and dolls that are distributed by the
Middle Caicos Co-op are authentically Turks and Caicos. Woven and carved from materials harvested locally, much of these items are made by the older members of society using techniques passed down by generation. The Co-op is an organization that represents over sixty such artisans.
Zebra painting by a Haitian artisan. Much of the locally sold souvenirs and artwork is not actually produced in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Fashion and Jewellery
Several new brands have been making their debuts.
Konk Apparel offers a unique angle to sunglasses, hats and clothing.
Several local artisans craft jewellery, using semi-precious stones, Turks and Caicos sea glass, conch pearls and more. Another flash of colour are the unique silk scarves by Sea Sage Designs.
Food and Drink
If you're looking to take home a taste of the islands, you have a few choices. There are two local flavours of alcohol Turks Head Beer (amber and lager) and Bambarra Rum.
Island Coffee Roaster’s coffee is another great choice, offering several gourmet blends (many named after the highlights of the country).
For those looking for a bit of spice in their lives, Peppa Joy hot sauces are the obvious way to go.
Conch and Shell Creations
Conch shell crafts are another option. Most items tend to be cut shell pieces that are glued together to form cups, paper weights and spoons. Although this stuff can be interesting, it's often clunky.