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Whether you’re after local foods, crafts or produce, markets in Jamaica are a true representation of the island’s unique culture. When shopping, visitors are often amazed at the Jamaican language of negotiation, the spirit of vendors, as well as the products they encounter. We’ve rounded up ten of the top markets you should explore on the beautiful and culturally rich island of Jamaica.
The Harbour Street Craft Market in Montego Bay has a wide selection of handmade products and Jamaican souvenirs. The market extends for three blocks, with vendors setting up their own tents and stalls along the side of the road. Products typically sold here include coconut-palm baskets, woven hats, towels and clothing in Rasta colours, wood carvings and paintings.
The Craft Park in Ocho Rios is the largest market in town, with over 100 vendors and craftspeople selling a whole range of goods, including wooden crafts, food, Blue Mountain coffee, straw hats and bags, and much more. Ocho Rios is one of the most popular tourist towns in Jamaica, so keep in mind the park can become congested when cruise ships dock at a nearby port.
The beautiful eastern parish of Portland features the Port Antonio Craft Market in its capital city. Along with the variety of arts and crafts found in the market, Jamaican rum, Rumona liqueur (the world’s only rum-based liqueur) and Ian Sangster’s Original Rum Cream are also popular purchases. Other local specialties are pepper jellies, local-made jams and spices.
For a unique shopping experience on the western side of Jamaica, go to the Negril Craft Market. The market is known for being the best place in Negril to find Bob Marley art, music, clothing and merchandise. Other items sold include Jamaican T-Shirts and shorts, towels, precious-stone jewellery, and wood carvings.