St. Thomas

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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  • 1. 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 from...Read More

  • 2. 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...Read More

  • 3. A.H. Riise Liquors and Tobacco

    Wine/Spirits

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  • 4. 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 rare vintage...Read More

  • 5. Al Cohen's Discount Liquor

    Havensight | Wine/Spirits

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

  • 6. Belgian Chocolate Factory

    Food/Candy

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

  • 7. Boolchand's

    Havensight | Cameras/Electronics

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

  • 8. Boolchand's

    Havensight | Cameras/Electronics

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

  • 9. 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 by local...Read More

  • 10. Cardow Jewelers

    Crown Bay | Jewelry/Accessories

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

  • 11. Coach

    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 for men...Read More

  • 12. Cost-U-Less

    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 a membership...Read More

  • 13. 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 have your...Read More

  • 14. Diamonds International

    Jewelry/Accessories

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  • 15. Diamonds International

    Crown Bay | Jewelry/Accessories

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  • 16. Diamonds International

    Havensight | 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 can have...Read More

  • 17. Duty Free St. Thomas

    Havensight | Wine/Spirits

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

  • 18. 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 small shop. ...Read More

  • 19. Food Center

    Food/Candy

    This supermarket sells fresh produce, meats, and seafood. There's also an on-site bakery and deli with hot and cold prepared foods, which are...Read More

  • 20. 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 colors...Read More

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