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Groceries - Alcohol

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Groceries - Alcohol

While I know you can purchase groceries and alcohol on the island. Is it advisable for a bit of a cost savings to bring any of this along from the US if we have room in our checked luggage, or not? We are renting a home for 16 - so will most likely eat breakfast at the house and have our own bar vs. going out every night. Any feedback from those that have been there, would be great. Thanks!

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You'll do very well both with cost and with selection buying alcohol on the island...Grand Marche is the large supermarket in Cole Bay and on Bush Road with other smaller locations...here are some sample prices..

.1L Stolichnaya vodka (unflavored) for $8.50; 1L vanilla flavored for $9.75; 1.75L (unflavored) for $18.04

1L Absolut vodka for $12.04; 1.75L for $22.92

1L Skyy vodka for $9.95

special: 2x1L Grey Goose vodka for $51.66; 1.75L for $56.50

1L Tanqueray gin for $15.00

1L Bombay gin for $12.86; 1.75L for $28.32

1.14L Mt. Gay rum for $10.72

1L Capt'n Morgan spiced rum for $10.31

1L Myers dark rum for $11.50

1L Grand Marnier for $28.33

1L Ma Doudou for $15.00; ½L for $7.50

1L Jägermeister for $27.50

1L St. Remy VSOP for $48.50

1L Hennessy VS for $34.03

1L Jack Daniels whiskey for $22.69

1L Chivas Regal scotch for $32.56

1L Crown Royal whiskey for $17.50

1L Seagrams VO whiskey for $10.24

1L Canadian Club whiskey for $9.04

1L Jim Beam bourbon for $9.75

750ml Old Grand Dad whiskey for $7.92

6-pack of 355ml/12oz Presidente bottles for $5.38

6-pack of 355ml Heineken bottles for $5.85; 12-pack for $11.70

6-pack of 355ml Coors Lite bottles for $4.50; case for $16.74

6-pack of 355ml Red Stripe bottles for $5.22

6-pack of 355/12oz Bud Lite bottles for $5.26

6-pack of 330ml Stella Artois bottles for $6.75

6-pack of 330ml Amstel Lite bottles for $5.36

6-pack of 330ml Carib bottles for $4.99

http://www.legrandmarche.net/

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Thanks for the wonderful feedback on the alcohol! What about wine? Is it typically alot more expensive there - (we have wine snobs in the group)?

And what about basic grocery items and fresh beef/other meat items, from a cost perspective?

We are typically all inclusive travelers - so this house rental stuff is a new one for us. But, looking forward to it!

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Some wines can cost more - you have to be selective and plan a bit - know your prices - usually not a lot more -

Groceries, from the US, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere can vary in costs but not much more that you would normall pay in the US - meats generally cost more -

a dozen large brown eggs for $2.85

6x1.5 ltr Volvic bottles of water for $8.75

a 13oz. jar of Bonne Maman cherry preserves for $4.50

250g of unsalted butter for $1.89

4 Dannon Activia mixed yogurts for $3.42

250g of unsalted butter for $1.94

2 lbs of frozen Tyson tequila lime flavored chicken wings for $12.39

64oz. Tropicana orange juice for $4.00

2 mega rolls of Scott paper towels for $4.05

2 Granny Smith apples (0.516kg) for $1.28

12-pack of 12oz. Pepsi cans for $4.75

16oz Coffee-Mate cream (original) for $2.75

4 Dannon Activia mixed yogurts for $3.42

250g block of Emmenthaler cheese for $3.31

Australian Gold SPF15 lotion for $10.00

64oz. Tropicana orange/pineapple juice for $4.00

2 Danjou pears (0.540kg) for $1.35

110z bag of Doritos cool ranch chips for $7.35

6x1.5 ltr Volvic bottles of water for $9.50

Yes, the chips are all very expensive - don't know exactly why they are. (Doritos above)

Edited: 7:13 pm, November 26, 2011
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We love the deals we get on premium vodka there. (all except grey goose). Last year we picked up 2 bottles of 1.75 litre Finlandia at the duty free shop at the airport for $10 each! Always find 1 litre Stoli around the island for about $9, The cheap vodka offsets the somewhat pricier food!

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What we paid at Grand Marche about two weeks ago:

Wine - Frontera (from Chile by Concha y Toro)) Buy 2 get 1 Free – ends up 3 bottles for about $15. Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Rose

Case of 330ml Carib 24 bottles for $16.67

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For wine 3 places : Us market in Grand Case for cheap and good wines for 4$ a bottle of fairly good one. Behind the Us market another store Bacchus and you will find there all the Opus 1 you want and many others for the snob...

At the marina Royale in Marigot, near Café de Paris there is also a little grocery that sells very very good wine at a right price.

Enjoy!

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It is worthwhile to bring food if you have the stamina to pack it without stressing out too much. Meat is especially expensive. I know people who bring a bunch of steaks and other meats in a cooler!

Really, almost all grocery items are quite a bit more expensive. When I go, I just bring a small bottle of olive oil and some baggies of my favorite herbs and spices, but I travel light. I also bring a good knife and one good saute pan (the kitchen probably won't have great equipment).

If you are concerned about saving money, bring meat, canned tuna, condiments, pasta, boxed rice mixes, zip top bags, etc. It really depends on what you like to eat. You may want to bring enough staples for a quick meal if you end up delayed or unable to get out to the store on your first day.

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