Six Surprising Caribbean Souvenirs


Anyone can visit the Caribbean and come back with a cheap T-shirt or a cheesy fridge magnet. Instead, I like to surprise friends and family with one – or three – of these uncommon souvenirs.

By JetSetSarah



Smooth your scaly bits with Caribbean Soap & Sundries‘ handmade lotion bar formulated with beeswax plus coconut and sweet almond oils. Available in four scents (mango-and-papaya is my fave), it also works as a cuticle cream, lip balm and perfume. And because it’s a solid, there are no issues taking it through the security checkpoint. Score!



Who wouldn’t love the handcrafted soaps, body washes, candles and lotions made by My Ocean? Their airport store on the U.S. departures concourse carries an impressive selection of body products in five signature scents, plus beautiful ceramic bowls and dishes.


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The Bermuda Perfumery has been making fine scents on-island since the 1920s, and now there are more than 17 men’s and women’s fragrances to choose from, including their signature Lili Bermuda line. My pick: South Water, a light unisex scent with coconut, sea salt and guava notes.



Cowboy boots are hardly the first thing you think of when it comes to Mexican souvenirs. But for less than 100 bucks at the Rogers Boots store in Terminal Three at Cancun airport I scored a rocking pair red pair of kicks that elicit compliments every time I wear them.


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Forget Gucci and Prada; the ‘it’ bag in Puerto Rico is a fabric tote from Concalma in Old San Juan. Use the patterned fabric schleppers as grocery bags, beach totes or carry-ons; they’re just as cool on city streets as they are on the sand.


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When on Provo, Da Conch Shack is a must for the super-fresh conch salad and killer rum punch. But don’t leave without a bottle of the shack’s private-label Sakaja hot sauce, which has a peppery kick tempered with a subtle sweetness.

JetSet Sarah (Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon) is a Caribbean travel expert, award-winning travel journalist, and TV personality. Former executive editor of Caribbean Travel +Life magazine, she ventures to the beach and beyond, sharing the diverse culture, relaxed lifestyle and colorful people of the world’s favorite warm-weather destination. She is also Jetsetter-in-Chief at, where travel and shopping meet.

















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