I'm back from my vacation, if you couldn't tell from the title of this post, I went to the Caribbean. A cruise to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and the Bahamas to be exact.
I cruised with Royal Carribean on the Oasis of the Seas.
Photo from Ships & Yacht Information
While my experience on board was nothing to write home about, I did get the chance to do some great shopping in the Caribbean.
First and foremost in my heart, my first David Yurman bracelet!
For those of you that don't already know, the Caribbean is a global hotspot for fine jewelry shopping. Specifically, diamonds and other precious gems.
However, you can get even designer pieces like David Yurman at a pretty hefty discount. The bracelet I got retails for $775, I bought it for $697 and didn't have to pay tax on it. Now, depending on where you live, that no tax discount is a HUGE savings. I live in Texas where the sales tax is 8.25%, so I would've paid $838.94 if I bought the same bracelet in the states.
If you go to the Caribbean, plan to shop. Some retailers I recommend, which are backed by Royal Caribbean are: Jewels (for designers like Yurman, Jon Hardy, Mikimoto, etc.) and Diamonds International (for Hearts on Fire diamonds, Kabana, Safi Kalima/ tanzinite jewelry).
Well, I leave you on this Sunday, with this view.