Though continually praised as a sandy beach resort world capital, Boracay is never going to win any awards for its shopping. Shell jewelry and beer by the case are pretty much the only two big buys in Boracay. There is only one shopping mall on the island and many convenience stores stock only the basics, especially during the wet season when shipping lines are constricted.
However, any tourist basics are for sale at the shops that line Boracay Main Road and the steadily developed areas behind both White Beach and Bulabog Beach all contain convenience stores and food markets. Sunscreen is particularly expensive but simple products like soaps and bottled water are readily available.
Souvenirs include miniature plastic surfboards and decorations made out of coconut husks and sea shells. The ubiquitous place name t-shirts with various patterns and slogans can be bought off any of the racks at the shopping areas.
The area around the Caticlan Ferry bustles with activity. It is the main entrance point for new visitors and stock for restaurants and bars and there are a number of stores and cafés here to cater to tourists waiting around for the next ferry. Plenty of touts greet visitors with offers of great accommodation and transfers directly to certain bungalow operations buyer beware.
Boracay Main Road
Everything from souvenirs to bottled water is stocked in the dusty shop fronts that line both sides of the winding Boracay Main Road. The road connects all the main beaches of Boracay so at various points retail options build up depending on the visitor traffic flow.