Virgin Gorda is not known for its shopping, and it won’t ever be. Many islanders make regular journeys to Tortola or St. Thomas to stock their households, although the necessity of this has diminished in recent years with the opening of new wholesale food outlets and even a health food store. Gifts and souvenirs are not hard to find, however.
The marina is the shopping hub of the Valley. Shops here cater to visitors and residents; there are souvenir shops right next to food markets and banks. Dive BVI (284/495-5513) has a good selection of snorkel and dive equipment, plus T-shirts and gifts with a nautical theme. Check out Thee Artistic Gallery (284/495-5104) for crafts and books and the Virgin Gorda Craft Shop (284/495-5137) for local crafts. There are also stores selling perfume, electronics, local music, and a wide range of souvenirs.
There is also a clutch of gift shops at the top of the Baths where you can buy T-shirts, Caribbean spices, sarongs, sunscreen, disposable cameras, and gifts. Among them: On the Rocks Beachtique, which sells T-shirts, sarongs, and jewelry. On the beach, check out Island Silhouette, purveyor of hand-painted ceramics and other items.
Bitter End Yacht Club (284/495-9448) has several shops. The Reeftique has clothing, books, and gifts, while the Trading Post has postcards, magazines, film, sunscreen, and the like.
On Saba Rock, The Saba Rock Nautical Museum (284/495-9966) is part museum, part gift shop. Here you can see artifacts collected by diving legend Bert Kilbride and buy wreck-inspired jewelry and gifts. At Leverick Bay, there is a Pusser’s Company Store (284/495-7369), which sells resort-wear and nautical-themed gifts and accessories.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition