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TORTUGA RUM CO. LTD.
260 North Sound Rd.
(Also 17 other Grand Cayman locations)
Founded in 1984 by an airline pilot, this family-owned outfit started with Tortuga Gold; today it turns out 10 more blends. All have made a splash throughout the Caribbean, including an aged-12-years Premium Label, various flavored rums (banana, coconut, etc.) and rum and coffee liqueurs. The rum cakes may be even more popular than the booze, with eight flavors, including pineapple, chocolate, key lime and coffee—you can actually cop a buzz off ’em. Browse, sample and watch the cakes being baked at the 10,000-square-foot flagship store, a 10-minute drive outside George Town. It also sells rum fudge and truffles, Tortuga sauces and coffee blends, logo hats and T-shirts and select island-music CDs. There are more outlets at South Church Street at Boilers Road, the cruise terminals, the airport and elsewhere.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Look for the festive L-with-sun-and-palm-tree logo. Caymanian Harriet Lott has run this 1,200-square-foot shop, right across from George Town’s main post office and next to Butterfield Bank, since 1999. Working with 75 of the islands’ better artisans and seamstresses, she has assembled a cool variety of custom-made stuff. There’s tropical wear for men, women and children, along with the best bevy of beach wraps and handpainted batik sarongs around. You’ll also find batik paintings; household stuff like placemats, utensils and bowls; nifty mahogany boxes with sliding lids and lacelike inlay; and lovely handpainted eggs the size of softballs.