Duty Free shopping in Barbados is shopping without the importation tax. All luxury items brought into Barbados are subject to the importation tax; however, if these items are being bought by non-Barbadians, who are leaving the country with the goods, the importation tax does not apply. Hence "duty-free" shopping.
All of Barbados' shopping districts have duty free stores, duty free areas or duty free prices listed on the specific items.
Luxury items such as those shown below are usually tagged with 3 different prices on them. The prices are listed as
» LP BDS$ which means local price in Barbados dollars,
» DF BDS$ meaning duty free price in Barbados dollars, and the third is
» DF US$ which means duty free price in US dollars.
All you need to be able to purchase merchandise at the duty free price is your passport and plane ticket showing when you are leaving the island. A receipt form is printed up in triplicate so that the merchant has a copy, and you get two; one of which is to be deposited into a box at the airport when you are leaving. This copy then goes to the government agencies responsible for refunding the merchant with the tax he or she has already paid for the item you have bought.
There are certain things that cannot be purchased duty-free, such as video sets, home computers and food. While you can buy certain alcohols and cigarettes duty free, these can only be collected from the airport as you leave, to ensure that you do not consume your duty free good while in Barbados.
All in all, it works out very well for everyone. For duty free shopping in Barbados you can check out our capital city of Bridgetown as well as Holetown and Speightstown, not to mention other stores scattered island wide.
So whenever you are going out to shop in Barbados, it's a good idea to carry your passport and ticket with you since you never know when the opportunity for duty free shopping may pop up - and nobody likes to miss a discount.
The best place to find duty free bargains is Cave Shepherd. Cave Shepherd is a chain of duty free stores - the biggest one is located in Bridgetown. There are additional branches in the West Coast Mall, the Sunset Mall, at Vista Worthing, and at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal. The largest store in Bridgetown is the sole provider of Mac makeup. Here you can find duty free designer labels such as Ralph Lauren, Billabong, Reef, Quiksilver, Roxy, Van, Givenchy, Tommy. There is also duty free jewellery in here.
You will find many, many duty free jewellery shops in Barbados. There are a number of shops such as Diamonds International and Columbian Emeralds on Broad Street giving you the convenience of exploring what's on offer all on one street. With some of their duty free discounts, you could save up to 60% on diamond jewellery. You will also find duty free jewellery in the West Coast Mall, in the new Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and in some of the hotels such as The Crane resort, Sandy Lane and The Hilton.
If it is a watch that you are after - you could pay The Royal Shop in Bridgetown a visit. Here you will find a large selection of designer watches at duty free prices such as Chopard, Maurice Lacroix, Tissot, Longines, Movado, Swiss Army and Esquire. The Royal Shop are also the exclusive and authorized dealer of IOSi David Yurman and Marco Biego.
The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre
This development opened in 2011, and is a huge, beautiful, state-of-the-art shopping centre in Holetown on the West Coast. Here you will find many designer clothes to choose from at duty free prices such as A|X Armani Exchange, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Bulgari, Cartier and Jaeger. Here you can 'shop 'till you drop' and then relax in one of the pretty cafes in this luxurious shopping complex.
For more information about shopping in Barbados please use the following links:
West Coast Shopping
South Coast Shopping