The Caribbean Shopping Guide

Turks & Caicos

Bamboo Gallery and Maison Creole

These interconnected retailers share more than just a common space—they both focus on Haitian folk art: Maison Creole sells sequin-covered voodoo bottles and hand-painted metal sculptures, while Bamboo Gallery specializes in vibrant paintings, many of which feature images of animals cavorting in jungle settings (we were transfixed by one particularly surreal canvas that depicts a rooster giving a fox a haircut).
Caicos Cafe Plaza, Grace Bay. Bamboo Gallery: 649-946-4748;
Maison Creole: 649-946-5074,
provo.net/bamboo

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Belongings

Three prominent local architects joined forces to open this year-old home goods store, which has the vibe of a ritzy coastal cottage: Old-fashioned seashell prints and mother-of-pearl-framed mirrors line the walls, ceramic stools and shagreen end tables rest atop seagrass carpet, and earthy touches—alabaster Buddha hands, mounted coral branches, sand-dollar-shaped pewter bowls-provide decorative accents.
Ports of Call, Grace Bay, 649-941-8055, belongingstc.com

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linens, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Blue Hills

Vendors and Middle Caicos Co-op The mellow Blue Hills neighborhood is one of the last resort-free areas of the island and well known for its handicrafts purveyors. Sandwiched between conch fritter stalls and ice cream carts just off the main road is a series of pastel-painted shacks selling locally made souvenirs; nearby is the Middle Caicos Co-op, a quaint shore side cottage packed with straw baskets, mats, totes, and hats woven by over 60 different artisans from the outer Caicos islands.
Blue Hills Rd., Blue Hills. Blue Hills vendors: no phone; Middle Caicos Co-op: 649-941-7639

Products: Bags, Jewelry, Outdoor, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Harmony Gallery

Located in the lush, palm-fringed courtyard of the Tuscan-style Palms resort, this small, light-bathed spot offers up exquisite island-themed gifts: gilded trays lacquered with antiqued maps, hourglasses filled with super-fine sand, images of galleons etched into giant abalone shells.
In The Palms, Grace Bay Beach, 649-946-8666

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

The Somerset Boutique

Just off the lobby in the Somerset, a months-old apartment/hotel complex, is this tucked-away little shop. It's brimming with upscale tropical essentials from a range of small designers and is the ideal place to pick up that Cyn & Luca swimsuit or the terry-cloth beach tote you forgot to pack.
In The Somerset, Princess Dr., Grace Bay Beach, 649-946-5900

Products: Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear
Type of Store: Boutique

Ventura

Fronted by a thick bougainvillea hedge and kitted out with wrought-iron fixtures and a clay-tile floor, this homey islandwear spot feels like a Mexican villa. There is an abundance of sarongs, tunics, and floaty tiered skirts, along with a smattering of earthy Brazilian jewelry, including necklaces made of strung-together açaí nuts.
Salt Mills Plaza, Grace Bay, 649-941-7798

Products: Lingerie/Loungewear, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Wish

Like Harmony Gallery, this airy, cabana-like space is found in The Palms, and it's the best place in T&C for stylish, summery pieces: loungey Lotta Stensson caftans, strappy Tufi Duek sundresses, and chunky stone jewelry by local designer Catalina Auger.
In The Palms, Grace Bay Beach, 649-946-8666

Products: Lingerie/Loungewear
Type of Store: Boutique