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 & Watches

    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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Boolchand's

    Havensight | Cameras/Electronics

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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Diamonds International

    Jewelry & Watches

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  • 8. Diamonds International

    Jewelry & Watches

    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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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 jewelry...Read More

  • 12. H. Stern Jewelers

    Jewelry & Watches

    The World Collection of jewels set in modern, fashionable designs and an exclusive sapphire watch have earned this Brazilian jeweler a stellar...Read More

  • 13. Jewels

    Jewelry & Watches

    This jewelry store sells name-brand jewelry and watches in abundance. Designer jewelry lines include David Yurman, Bulgari, Chopard, and Penny...Read More

  • 14. Little Switzerland

    Ceramics/Glassware

    This popular Caribbean chain carries crystal from Baccarat, Waterford, and Orrefors; and china from Kosta Boda, Rosenthal, and Wedgwood. There...Read More

  • 15. Local Color

    Clothing

    This St. Thomas chain has clothes for men, women, and children among its brand names, which include Jams World, Fresh Produce, and Urban Safari...Read More

  • 16. Mr. Tablecloth

    Household Items/Furniture

    This store has prices to please, and the friendly staff here will help you choose from the floor-to-ceiling selection of linens, which include...Read More

  • 17. Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative

    Crafts

    This crafts market is made up of a group of more than 40 local artists—including schoolchildren, senior citizens, and people with disabilities...Read More

  • 18. Rolex Watches at A. H. Riise

    Jewelry & Watches

    A.H. Riise is the official Rolex retailer of the Virgin Islands, and this shop offers one of the largest selections of these fine timepieces...Read More

  • 19. Royal Caribbean

    Havensight | Cameras/Electronics

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  • 20. Royal Caribbean

    Cameras/Electronics

    Find a wide selection of cameras, camcorders, stereos, watches, and clocks at this store. There are also branches at Yacht Haven Grande and...Read More

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