St. Thomas Shopping

St. Thomas lives up to its billing as a duty-free shopping destination. Even if shopping isn't your idea of how to spend a vacation, you still may want to slip in on a quiet day (check the cruise-ship listings—Monday and Sunday are usually the least crowded) to browse. Among the best buys are liquor, linens, china, crystal (most stores will ship), and jewelry. The amount of jewelry available

makes this one of the few items for which comparison shopping is worth the effort. Local crafts include shell jewelry, carved calabash bowls, straw brooms, woven baskets, and dolls. Creations by local doll maker Sally George—like her school-uniformed West Indian children and Mocko Jumbie dolls—have been little goodwill ambassadors, bought by visitors around the world. Spice mixes, hot sauces, and tropical jams and jellies are other native products.

On St. Thomas, stores on Main Street in Charlotte Amalie are open weekdays and Saturday 9 to 5. The hours of the shops in the Havensight Mall (next to the cruise-ship dock) and the Crown Bay Commercial Center (next to the Crown Bay cruise-ship dock) are the same, though occasionally some stay open until 9 on Friday, depending on how many cruise ships are anchored nearby. You may also find some shops open on Sunday if cruise ships are in port. Hotel shops are usually open evenings as well.

There's no sales tax in the USVI, and you can take advantage of the $1,600 duty-free allowance per family member (remember to save your receipts). Although you can find the occasional salesclerk who will make a deal, bartering isn't the norm.

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A.H. Riise Liquors and Tobacco

  • Wine/Spirits

This giant duty-free liquor outlet carries a large selection of tobacco (including imported cigars), as well as cordials, wines, and...

Belgian Chocolate Factory

  • Food/Candy

This store makes its beautiful chocolates before your eyes. Specialties include triple-chocolate rum truffles. You can find imported...


  • Cameras/Electronics

This store sells brand-name cameras, audio and video equipment, and binoculars. ...

Camille Pissarro Art Gallery

  • Art Galleries

This second-floor gallery, at the birthplace of St. Thomas's famous artist, offers a fine collection of original paintings and prints...

Cardow Jewelers

  • Jewelry/Accessories

You can get gold in several lengths, widths, sizes, and styles, along with jewelry made of diamonds, emeralds, and other precious gems...


  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

This designer leather store has a full line of fine leather handbags, belts, gloves, and more for women, plus briefcases and wallets...

Diamonds International

  • Jewelry/Accessories

At this large chain with several outlets on St. Thomas, just choose a diamond, emerald, or tanzanite gem and a mounting, and you can...

Fabric in Motion

  • Household Items/Furniture

Fine Italian linens share space with Liberty London's silky cottons, colorful batiks, cotton prints, ribbons, and accessories in this...

Fresh Produce Sportswear

  • Clothing

This clothing store doesn't sell lime-green mangoes, peachy-pink guavas, or sunny-yellow bananas, but you will find these fun, casual...

Gallery St. Thomas

  • Art Galleries

The gallery in this charming space has a nice collection of fine art and collectibles, including paintings, wood sculptures, glass, and...