The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on September 12, 1999 · Page 686
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 686

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, September 12, 1999
Page 686
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ISLANDS JBWII.IM IOUTIQUB . , ..rtiiuulkWlSfflltUBUuu, iff T ally full of Americans buying cases of Johnny Walker Black Ixibel and snatching up bottles of Hennessy VS cognac. Down the street, the Perfume Bar is jammed with cruise ship passengers ordering Chanel, Calvin Klein and other fragrances. At Little Switzerland, the china and watch sections are as busy as a grocery Duty-free shopping By Cheryl Blackerby Many islands boasl about it to visitors. But what is "duty-free"? And do you really save money? Yes, you can save but only on certain things. Nassau has been a duty-free port since 1992, when the government abolished customs duty for specific imported items, including photograplry-"elated products, perfumes, jewelry, locks and watches, table linen, leath-t goods, sweaters, china, crystal, dassware and alcohol. Pholo by Cheryl BlackerDy DUTIFUL SHOPPER: Upscale shopping is the No. 1 attraction in St. Thomas' duty-free port. Consumers often can save '50 to store. How do you know you're getting a good deal? Check the prices at home before you go. Americans can bring back up to $600 worth of merchandise tax-free. After that, they have to pay taxes on the purchase price. You should save receipts to show U.S. Customs officials. ercent on these items in duty-free unless you re shopping at outlet stores such as Ralph Ixiuren Outlet in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Savvy U.S. shoppers fly or cruise in to duty-free ports to do holiday sho-ping. The shops on Bay Street in Nassau are packed the week before Thanksgiving. Butler & Sands liquor store is usu torts such as I-'reeport, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; or Phil-psburg, St. Maarten. You won't find bargains on clothes between Ptarida and Fuerte Rie i a bee that Escape to the - Cape will amaze you..--: An hour from Miami, thirty minutes from Puerto Rico and very near perfect: Turks and Caicos. Eight islands. Eight personalities. And many more to explore. Each surround you with beauty in its own singular way. For non-stop excitement, we have an 18-hole golf course, a casino, boating, diving and more. You can scuba dive, Imagine your dream vacation at one of the world's most beautiful beaches. An intimate resort with luxury beachfront villas and new beach house with restaurant, bar and activity center. Fishing charters, snorkelling, cycling, sailing and more! i if t 'A Uidj ) fir bird watch, beachcomb or f I relax with a book on any ot s our breathtaking beaches. ' Stay at hotels, villas or guest cottages. A vacation to Turks and Caicos is just that: a vacation. BEACH RESORT LONG ISLAND, BAHAMAS D.ilt ilillhts from Nassa u For more information, call the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board. Tel. 800-241-0824 or 305-891-4117. fax: 305-891-7096. Or visit us at e-mail: tci.tourismtciway.1c Reautifrd NcJwie. Page 13

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