Shopping on Ambergris Caye, Belize
Wood Carvings and Coral
The island of Ambergris Caye has little in the way of big name fashions, perfumes, and designers, but is rich in hand-made crafts to decorate your home or to give as gifts.
The most popular forms of handicraft are the carvings made from the wood of the Zaragote Tree. This unique wood is extremely hard and has an incredible grain pattern with both light and dark colors side by side naturally. The carvings are sold widely throughout the island in the shops but even more so in the streets or on the beach.
Black Coral jewelry is also very popular, with the government controlling the amount of coral that can be used for this purpose. You will find it in the shops, but also sold informally along the beach.
Local Ambergris Caye Artists
There are several local artists who may be represented in the galleries in town. "Mad Dog Mike" sits just south of town on the beach and does sketches of island scenes. Near where he sits is Amy who makes ceramics that have the life of the sea breathed into them.
In Fido's Courtyard is an artisan's gallery that you will want to visit. This shop contains the largest collection of different items from Belize and the neighboring Mayan Countries. They also have a great collection of paintings from the local artist, Walter Castillo.