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5 Bucket List Souvenirs from the BVI

Embarking on a journey to the British Virgin Islands promises not only breathtaking landscapes and azure waters but also a treasure trove of unique experiences waiting to be discovered. Among these treasures are souvenirs that encapsulate the essence and spirit of these stunning islands. In this blog post, we delve into five must-have keepsakes that capture the essence of the BVI, each offering a piece of its rich culture and vibrant history.

From the world-renowned Callwood Rum, crafted with generations of expertise, to the iconic Soggy Dollar Cup, emblematic of carefree days spent on pristine beaches, these souvenirs carry with them the stories and traditions of the islands. Adding to the collection are the Willy T t-shirt, a symbol of adventure and camaraderie, the intricately designed Nutmeg gecko, representing the local craftsmanship, and a shot glass from Craft’s Alive, a homage to the vibrant arts scene thriving in the heart of the BVI. Join us as we explore these five bucket list souvenirs, each a cherished memento of paradise found in the British Virgin Islands.

Arundel Rum from Callwood Rum Distillery

Situated in the heart of the British Virgin Islands, the Callwood Rum Distillery stands as one of the Caribbean's most enduring distilleries, boasting a rich heritage dating back centuries. It's age-old walls and vintage equipment offers visitors a captivating journey through time, immersing them in the storied past of rum production in the region.

Crafted using pure cane juice, the Arundel rum produced at the Caribbean's oldest continuously operated pot distillery offers a taste of tradition and history. Nestled just off Tortola's scenic Cane Garden Bay, the Callwood Rum Distillery is a cherished family-run establishment, steeped in over 400 years of expertise and heritage. Since the 18th century, the Callwood family has passionately pressed green sugarcane to craft an array of exquisite rums, including gold, white, and spiced varieties.

Visitors are invited to embark on immersive tours during the distillery's operational months, spanning from March through August. However, even if your visit falls outside of these months, you can still explore the distillery's rich legacy by touring the museum and perusing the delightful offerings of 5 different rums in the gift shop. Arundel Rum is not sold anywhere but the BVI, therefore, it is the perfect souvenir to bring back home and share with friends and family, showcasing a taste of the British Virgin Islands. With each sip, you can savour the history and craftsmanship that goes into creating this unique Caribbean spirit.

Whether you're seeking a glimpse into Caribbean rum-making traditions or simply looking to savour the flavours of history, a visit to the Callwood Rum Distillery promises an unforgettable experience.

Products offered at Callwood Rum Distillery

Soggy Dollar Cup

Established in 1970, Soggy Dollar epitomizes the spirit of adventure and ingenuity. Nestled on the pristine shores of White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, in the British Virgin Islands, this iconic establishment was crafted the iconic Painkiller drink. A closely guarded blend of premium dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple, and orange juice forms the heart of this iconic concoction, its proportions a well-kept secret known only to their skilled bartenders. Topped with a sprinkle of freshly grated Grenadian nutmeg, each sip evokes the essence of paradise, beckoning those who brave the swim to the Soggy Dollar.

With no docks or marinas in sight, visitors are beckoned by the promise of an authentic island experience. Whether it's savouring world-renowned cocktails with toes buried in the soft sand or basking in the sun's golden rays against the backdrop of turquoise waters, a visit to the Soggy Dollars a testament to the pioneering spirit and unrivalled beauty of the British Virgin Islands. There is no better way to remember your trip than bringing home your cup from your Painkiller, a signature drink that perfectly captures the essence of this tropical paradise. The Soggy Dollar truly offers a unique and unforgettable experience that will leave you longing to return.

Soggy Dollar Cup on White Bay Beach

Willy T t-shirt

The Willy T isn't just any old boat; it's a floating bar and restaurant, brimming with tales of swashbuckling escapades and wild revelries. Picture this: you're lounging on its sun-drenched decks, surrounded by azure waters, sipping on rum cocktails while the salty breeze tousles your hair. It's a setting straight out of a pirate's dream!

But it's not just the ambience that makes the Willy T t-shirt a coveted keepsake. It's the stories it carries. Every thread of fabric holds memories of laughter-filled nights and chance encounters with fellow travellers from across the globe. It's a symbol of adventure, camaraderie, and the daring spirit of exploration that draws us to the high seas.

And let's not forget the bragging rights. Sporting a Willy T t-shirt tells the world that you've experienced the thrill of diving off its decks into crystal-clear waters, danced under the Caribbean moonlight, and lived to tell the tale.

So, if you're seeking more than just a piece of cloth, but a tangible reminder of unforgettable moments spent in paradise, snagging a Willy T t-shirt is a must. Trust me, it's not just a souvenir; it's a badge of honour for the intrepid souls who dare to embrace the spirit of adventure on the high seas.

t-shirt design sold at the Willy T

Metal Geckos from Nutmeg and Co.

Step into Nutmeg and Co., a charming boutique on the outskirts of Road Town, where vibrant colours and Caribbean flair come to life in the form of stunning geckos. These geckos, crafted from recycled metal, stand proud at one foot tall, each is a testament to creativity and sustainability.

With roots tracing back to Haiti, these geckos carry a rich Caribbean heritage. Haitian artisans infuse their craftsmanship with a blend of tradition and innovation, transforming discarded metal into works of art that captivate the eye and stir the soul. The vibrant hues adorning each gecko pay homage to the kaleidoscope of colours found in the Caribbean landscape—the azure blues of the sea, the lush greens of tropical foliage, and the fiery reds of a Caribbean sunset.

But these geckos are more than just decorative pieces; they're symbols of resilience and resourcefulness. Crafted from recycled materials, they embody the spirit of sustainability, reminding us of the importance of preserving our environment and finding beauty in the unexpected.

So, whether perched on a shelf as a statement piece or adorning your garden as a whimsical accent, these geckos from Nutmeg and Co. serve as a reminder of the Caribbean's vibrant culture, its commitment to sustainability, and the boundless creativity that flourishes in its midst.

Two colourful metal geckos

Shotglass from Craft’s Alive

In the heart of Road Town, Crafts Alive stands as a lively hub of retail activity, boasting an eclectic array of merchandise. From souvenirs and summer dresses to beach attire and handmade dolls, this vibrant enclave offers a diverse selection sure to pique your interest. Especially a shot glass; imagine inviting friends over, pouring them a taste of the BVI, and regaling them with tales of your adventures. Suddenly, that shot glass becomes a conversation starter, a catalyst for storytelling, and a bridge between worlds.

And let's not forget the practical side. A shotglass from Craft's Alive isn't just a decorative trinket; it's a functional reminder of the joys of island living. Whether you're sipping rum with friends or enjoying a quiet moment of reflection, that shot glass serves as a tangible reminder of the blissful moments spent in paradise.

So, next time you find yourself in the British Virgin Islands, don't just collect memories—collect moments in the form of a shotglass. It's a souvenir worth raising a toast to.

Shotglass with Tortola, BVI


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