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mobay shopping

We will be staying at SWO next week and are wondering where to go shopping, flea markets, local flavor, ect.? Also any saftey concerns away from the resort?

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1. Re: mobay shopping

You can shop at the resort, or if you are in preferred ask the concierge for a free catamaran ride which includes snorkeling and shopping on the hip strip. Also the departure terminal is rather like a shopping mall, we found some things cheaper at the airport than at the resort.

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Go across the street , get a taxi and tell them to take you to the craft market. You'll find a lot of souvenirs there. And it's close to the Hip Strip so you can shop some there as well.

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3. Re: mobay shopping

Go downtown Montego Bay in daytime, great prices on clothes

J B
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Um, no, Rexell, not so. You may think so, but it's not worth the wasted money. Shop at home for clothes. Shop for souvenirs and special food items in Jamaica.

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Be careful of the craft market that is a large grouping of small sheds, located on the way to SWO, left hand side of the street. Friends went there and were dropped of by a taxi, immediately upon entering the area, met by a guy and escorted around and basically told they would be buying from his sister's stand. The had no way of contacting the cab and were very uncomfortable with their "guide" and new found friend. They did purchase some items and finally got out of the area and were able to get a cab back to tthe resort. Seems the "no thanks" and being polite did not work in this instance. I would stay on the hip strip and those shops and avoid the large area flea market. I wish I could give a better location, I even asked our driver the name of the place, all he said was craft market.

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Thanks to you all for the response(s). My wife and I have been to Mexico several times and always found the locals quite engaging and shopping at flea markets and whatnot rather enjoyable. It sounds as though Jamaica may be rather a different animal all together. Never-the-less, we are 48hours from wheels down at the airport and damn well ready to have a good time!

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7. Re: mobay shopping

This catamaran sounds intriguing. Can you tell me more?

Edited: 14 February 2013, 19:19
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8. Re: mobay shopping

Sorry, that last was for Jenny60123

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9. Re: mobay shopping

After many trips to Jamaica, I now do my shopping from the sellers who come to the hotel on certain days or nights of the week, so much less hassle.

I have always said that all visitors need to visit a craft market once, but now I would say, visit with someone who has been to one before, if at all possible.

The craft market in Ocho Rios was the best one for not being hassled but I have no desire to visit again.

What I don't get at the hotel sellers I get at the airport before flying home.

Hope you have a wonderful trip to Jamaica!

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10. Re: mobay shopping

Yes, ask your concierge. They gave us complimentary tickets. It was on a catamaran and took us out to a reef area for snorkeling and then was a booze cruise to Margaritaville after that and up the street from there they take you shopping next door. On the way back they blasé awesome reggae and we all danced all the way back. It was awesome! I don't think everyone knows you can do this because I mentioned it to a couple in the elevator and they had paid $75 a person for a similar trip the day before.