Amina Craft Market

Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

If you’re tired of the same old souvenir T-shirts, you’ll want to visit the Amina Craft Market. Perfectly positioned to attract cruise ship passengers coming ashore at Port Zante in Basseterre, the market features pastel-pink stalls hung with batik fabrics and clothing as well as locally made pottery, bags, jewelry, and keepsakes. Friendly vendors—some of whom are the artists themselves—won’t hit you with a hard sell, but it never hurts to ask if there’s any flexibility on pricing (sometimes there is, sometimes there isn’t). The port complex also has duty-free shops, restaurants, bars, a casino, and—if you must—stores selling St. Kitts-, tropical-, and reggae-themed T-shirts.

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Amina Craft Market

Whether you are looking for gifts for friends back home or a souvenir for yourself, St. Kitts has plenty to choose from: local rums, delicate embroideries, stunning batiks, and colorful paintings that capture the vibrancy of life on the island. A visit to the Amina Craft Market in Basseterre lets you check out the works of a number of different local artisans all in one place. You’ll find it just off of the main strip of retail stores, making it convenient whether you are arriving in Port Zante aboard a cruise ship or perhaps after spending a morning touring the capital’s historic buildings and other sites. This alternative to the popular duty-free shops and souvenir outlets is home to dozens of vendors selling local handicrafts ranging from handmade jewelry to pottery and more.

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