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

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

  • 2. Cardow Jewelers

    Crown Bay

    This store is a chain—with gold in several lengths, widths, sizes, and styles—along with diamonds, emeralds, and other precious gems. You're guaranteed 40% to 60%...Read More

  • 3. Diamonds International

    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...Read More

  • 4. Diamonds International

    Jewelry & Watches

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  • 5. Diamonds International

    Havensight

    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...Read More

  • 6. Diamonds International

    Crown Bay | Jewelry & Watches

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  • 7. Jewels

    Jewelry & Watches

    Designer jewelry available in this major chain includes David Yurman, Bulgari, Chopard, and Penny Preville. The selection of watches is also...Read More

  • 8. Jewels

    Jewelry & Watches

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

  • 9. Rolex Watches at A. H. Riise

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

  • 10. Trident Jewels and Time

    Fine gems and exquisite timepieces are the draw at this second-generation family-owned boutique. You'll find loose diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and tanzanite as well as name-brand...Read More

  • 11. Diamonds International

    As at others branches of this major jewelry chain, you can choose a diamond or other gem and a mounting and have your ring ready...Read More

  • 12. H. Stern Jewelers

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

  • 13. H. Stern Jewelers

    Havensight

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

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