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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Al Cohen's Discount Liquor

  • Wine/Spirits

This warehouse of a store holds an extremely large wine and liquor selection. ...


  • Cameras/Electronics

This store sells brand-name cameras, audio and video equipment, and binoculars. There's also a location on Main Street, Charlotte Amalie.

Cardow Jewelers

  • Jewelry/Accessories

This store is a chain—with gold in several lengths, widths, sizes, and styles—along with diamonds, emeralds, and other precious gems.


  • Food/Candy

This is the Caribbean equivalent of Costco and Sam's Club and it sells everything from soup to nuts—in giant sizes and case lots—without...

Diamonds International

  • Jewelry/Accessories

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

Duty Free St. Thomas

  • Wine/Spirits

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

Fruit Bowl

  • Food/Candy

This grocery store is the best place on the island to go for fresh fruits and vegetables. There are many ethnic, vegetarian, and health-food...

Gourmet Gallery

  • Food/Candy

This is where visiting megayacht owners (or their staff) go to buy their caviar. There's also an excellent and reasonably priced wine...

H. Stern Jewelers

  • Jewelry/Accessories

This Brazilian jeweler is known for the modern settings and designs of its offerings. The jewelry vault design center is located on Main...


  • Jewelry/Accessories

Head here for name-brand jewelry and designer watches in abundance. Locations also at Havensight Mall, Crown Bay Center, and the Ritz-Carlton...