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Duty Free Shopping in Antigua

Heritage Quay Photo, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Heritage Quay is the largest seaport shopping area in Antigua and is located at the waterfront of the St. John's Harbour. The presence of many different stores and upscale boutiques offer a vibrant shopping experience in a very picturesque area of the city.

The buildings within Heritage Quay are painted in bright colours, and each store is bathed in it's own unique hue. From shocking yellow and neon green, to a softer pink and a stunning blue akin to that of the Caribbean Sea, the entire plaza is an irresistable feast for the eyes.

Some of the island's largest jewelry stores such as Diamond's International and Jewellers Warehouse have set up shop in the centre of Heritage Quay. These stores offer an extensive collection of fine jewelry with both precious and semi-precious stones. Regardless of it the piece you are searching for is for personal adornment or a special symbol of commitment for a loved one, chances are you'll find something to suit your taste.

I've personally have purchased jewelry from Jewellers Warehouse on two separate occasions. I bought an elegant gold ring for myself, and a gorgeous pair of earrings for a friend, and the staff was extremely helpful and efficient, and sized my ring within ten minutes.

For visitors who had to pack for their holiday in a hurry, and weren't able to purchase any swimwear in advance, Sunseekers on the upper floor is the best place in Antigua to buy quality bathing suits. One can expect to find hundreds of options in all colours imaginable, and designs ranging from modest and simple, to eye-catching intricate creations. Costs range from $15 to $300 upwards, and if you're interested in a good bargain, ask about their sale corner!

The majority of stores at Heritage Quay, however, tend to gravitate towards the sale of clothing and footwear. Everything from formal wear to beach sarongs and flip flops can easily be found, andd all of the stores accept major credit cards and some debit cards.

I advise all potential visitors to bring along a copy of their travel tickets in order to take advantage of the seriously low duty-free prices at Heritage Quay. Without proof of travel, regular prices will be charged.

After a day filled with flitting about from store to store, a leisurely lunch at the Island Beehive restaurant is recommended. Enjoy local cuisne and a bottle of Wadadli beer at a decent price. Several other restaurants and bars are located a bit closer to the waterfront, and an establishment known as The Coast offers an open air bar right on the boardwalk.

Simply put, whether you're in the mood to shop until you drop or you're only looking for a place to pass the time and people watch, Heritage Quay just may be the place that you are looking for.

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