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St.  Thomas

MIRACLE MILE You’ll find a broad array of merchandise, some brand name, some designer, some one-of-a-kind, some just simply irresistible! Jewelry, watches, electronics, perfumes, liquor, linens, crystal, collectibles, souvenirs and art are the top buys, and you’ll find plenty of each to choose from.

The main shopping district is historic downtown Charlotte Amalie, with more than 400 shops in a compact area.  For a more unhurried pace, Havensight Mall, Port of $ale and Crown Bay Center near the two cruise ship docks offer many of the same stores as downtown in a more leisurely setting. The luxurious Yacht Haven Grande features designer shopping on a lovely promenade along the mega yacht marina. Red Hook is the shopping center of the East End, with unique shops in and around American Yacht Harbor. Many attractions and resorts have shops as well. Most stores are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as well as Sundays with visiting cruise ships.

Be a savvy shopper and follow our smart top 10 shopping tips to get the best deals and visit www.viplacestoexplore.com for some great coupon discounts.

Although there is an abundance of shopping along Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, don’t be afraid to explore some of the alleys, side streets and passageways, particularly those between Main Street and the Waterfront, for even more hidden treasures! You may find some unusual items on these picturesque paths that you won’t see on the main thoroughfare. Side streets such as Raadet’s Gade offer some great deals on jewelry, linens and more, and many of the old stone Danish warehouses of Royal Dane Mall are filled with local art, boutiques and cafés. A.H. Riise Alley, Trompeter Gade, Drake’s Passage and International Plaza are quaint pedestrian malls with collectibles, fashions, jewelry, perfumes, souvenirs, cultural wear and art. For designer collections, a gallery, a sidewalk café, unique jewelry and more, head to sophisticated Palm Passage, then stroll the length of the Waterfront for even more enticing shops. Happy hunting!

 

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Although there is an abundance of shopping along Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, don’t be afraid to explore some of the alleys, side streets and passageways, particularly those between Main Street and the Waterfront, for even more hidden treasures! You may find some unusual items on these picturesque paths that you won’t see on the main thoroughfare. Side streets such as Raadet’s Gade offer some great deals on jewelry, linens and more, and many of the old stone Danish warehouses of Royal Dane Mall are filled with local art, boutiques and cafés. A.H. Riise Alley, Trompeter Gade, Drake’s Passage and International Plaza are quaint pedestrian malls with collectibles, fashions, jewelry, perfumes, souvenirs, cultural wear and art. For designer collections, a gallery, a sidewalk café, unique jewelry and more, head to sophisticated Palm Passage, then stroll the length of the Waterfront for even more enticing shops. Happy hunting!

Larimar, a Caribbean Specialty

Larimar, a form of pectolite, is found only in the Dominican Republic. Colors range from white to light blue, green-blue and a rare deep blue. Local lore suggests that it represents healing and love and is said to be helpful for stress and anxiety. Jewelry made from Larimar has become a Caribbean specialty. Commonly set in silver, it is a lovely and affordable souvenir of your trip!

St. John

This beautiful island is a unique shopping opportunity, for its laid-back attitude, and for its one-of-a-kind merchandise as well. You may find a brand name or two, but the big draws are the handcrafted treasures. The island’s many artists and artisans take their cue from the incredible natural beauty to offer unique island-inspired creations.

CRUZ BAY is the main shopping district, and you’ll find colorful shops on shady lanes spreading out from the ferry dock. Discover local art, spices, beachwear, gifts, jewelry and gifts at Wharfside Village and Galleria Beach Shops, just to the right of the ferry terminal, overlooking the beach. At the northern edge of Cruz Bay is Mongoose Junction, a tranquil cluster of galleries, boutiques, jewelers and cafés nestled in a tropical garden. A short trip outside of Cruz Bay is the Marketplace, with services, shops, gifts and sundries. You’ll find colorful island art and souvenirs at the pinnacle of Bordeaux Mountain.

CORAL BAY is home to the Coccoloba shopping complex as well as fun and quirky shops surrounding the famous Skinny Legs bar and restaurant.

Remember, local art and items handmade in the islands do not count towards your duty-free allowance!

 

St. Croix

18th and 19th century buildings line the streets of Christiansted and Frederiksted, housing a multitude of modern shops, boutiques and galleries. While enjoying your walking tour, find the best duty-free prices on jewelry, electronics, art, fashions, fragrances, home décor and other exciting buys. CHRISTIANSTED Stroll the boardwalk in Christiansted or explore the many alleys, courtyards and passages of King, Company and Strand streets.

FREDERIKSTED More unique treasures can be found in the small shops of Frederiksted, ending at the lively vendor’s market by the Frederiksted Pier, great for fun souvenirs, trinkets and colorful beachwear.

MOST RESORTS AND ATTRACTIONS have their own gift shops, and you can find your day-to-day items at shopping areas such as Sunny Isle Shopping Center.

 

What is Duty Free?

As a duty-free port, the U.S. Virgin Islands offers tax breaks to both the retailer and consumer. Without having to pay duty (taxes) themselves, retailers can offer goods at a duty-free price.  Your duty-free allowance is the amount of merchandise you may bring home without incurring additional duty. U.S residents are allowed $1,600 per person every thirty days. Island-made items and unset gemstones are exempt.

• U.S residents over the age of 21 are allowed 5 liters of liquor, provided one is made in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and up to 5 cartons of cigarettes and 100 cigars not of Cuban origin.

• 6% duty is charged on the next $1,000 worth of merchandise over the allowance. You may not exceed your allowance of tobacco.

• You may mail up to one package per day to the same U.S. address with a value of $100 or less (excluding tobacco and alcohol).

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