Honeymoon Guide: Barbados

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PELICAN CRAFT CENTRE
Harbour Road
Bridgetown
Tel: 246-426-0765

Some travelers diss this group of studios, shops, and eating and drinking spots as an overpriced tourist trap—it was, after all, set up for cruise-ship day trippers. But the quality is good, and even if you don’t buy (first compare prices elsewhere on island), it can still be fun to browse. You might even spot glassblowers at work, Diane Bourne-Daniel sewing her dolls or the ladies at the Caribbean Cigar Company rolling and cutting premium stogies. Custom jewelry, straw bags and baskets, sauces and condiments, clothing, shell art—it’s all here in a one-stop venue. You'll even find fine art—mostly paintings and prints but some sculptures—at the gallery of the Barbados Arts Council.

THE SHELL GALLERY
Off Highway 1
Gibbes Hill, St. Peter
Tel: 246-422-2593
fab-design.de/shell-gallery

We won’t blame you for thinking this sounds like some cheesy tourist shop in Cape Cod or Daytona Beach, but Anne Smith and Sue Staffner’s otherwise unassuming little place on the west coast—it's between Holetown and Speightstown—is worth a visit for its museum-quality riot of one of nature’s coolest "art forms." The shells come from all over the Caribbean and elsewhere: You'll be blown away by the endless colors and variety of the shells. The gallery sells conventional gifts like ceramics, marine-motif china, shell boxes and so forth, and there's a great selection of locally made crafts incorporating shells.

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