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Simple souvenir shops are abundant in Placencia. Located just off the sidewalk near the center of the village, the Beach Bazaar (tel. 523-3113) is the best of the bunch. They've got all the traditional trinkets and souvenirs, as well as some higher-end ceramic, wood, and metal artworks.

If you're looking for some finer art, stop in at Art 'N' Soul (tel. 503-3088), which is on the sidewalk about 91m (300 ft.) north of the pier and features paintings and prints by local artists. Farther north, in Seine Bight, we highly recommend Lola's Art Gallery (tel. 523-3342), which features the colorful acrylic paintings of owner Lola Delgado, in a wide range of sizes and prices.

Tip: Be on the lookout for locally produced organic chocolate. Marketed under the brand name Goss (www.gosschocolate.com), these milk and dark chocolate bars are sold at stores around town. If you don't pick up any here, they are also on sale at the international airport.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.