Where is the best shopping in Belize?

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Belize is not exactly a commerce capital of the world, but the many open-air markets and island street vendors are enough to quell the appetite of even the most zealous shopaholics.

Though you can find a range of souvenirs and trinkets in Belize City, the best shopping is in the Cayes, especially in San Pedro, the capital of Caye Ambergris. In the heart of this sandy town where golf carts rule the roads, local artisans sell their wares on Front Street, also known as Barrier Reef Drive. It may be void of a mall, but if you poke around, you’ll discover all kinds of worthwhile finds.

From handcrafted jewelry to ceramics to unique artwork, the colorful stores offer products inspired by Mexico, Guatemala and the surrounding islands. On weekends, when the street becomes pedestrian only, the crisp evening air and a Cuban cigar make for a pleasant stroll among the makeshift trading posts. Pick up some spices and hot sauces to take home, or find a wood carving to freshen up your living room.

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