A Tax and Duty Free Haven
If you're interested, St. Thomas is a great place to purchase many items tax /duty free. My husband and I stopped to look at rings at Diamonds International where he eventually purchased one he was very impressed with. The service was good and not overbearing.
What to buy: Definitely high end jewelry, porcelain, liquors (especially rum of all flavors), and perfumes! While at St. Thomas we bought Ponche Kuba & Coconut Rum ($15 together), Estee Lauder Perfume (large atomizer, $54) and, of course, my husband's ring. Came away feeling we made wise choices.
O.k, so you've come on holiday, and you want to stay away from everything you can get at home. But, you've forgotten your sun lotion, batteries, or you need more diapers. Whatever, you know K-Mart has it. this store isn't as good as the ones in the USA, but it has most of what you need. And it's at prices you know. They'll charge you more for these thigns at tourist trap shops.
Great if you're got kids and have forgotten something like diapers, formula, bottles, etc.
What to buy: Anything you've forgotten from home.
What to pay: Usual prices. It's a bit mroe expensive here, but you don't pay tax, which makes up for it.Related to:
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Havensight Mall: Tourist stuff plus more
This is the mall besides which all the cruise ships dock. It's THE MAIN shopping area in St Thomas, with everything from t-shirts and key-rings, to books and diamonds. There's a pharmacy here, a card store, a Hello Kitty store!, and a bus that will take you around for free. Although it's very touristy here, locals shop here too, and it's very simply laid out making it easy to wander around. Across the street from the mall, are more shops (radio Shack, clothes store) and an internet cafe/international phone place, where you see all the cruise ship staff calling home.
From Havensight you can get a taxi (they will ask you constantly even if they see you drive up in a car!), to the old town of Charlotte Amalie, where there are more shops, in a historic setting. Or, you can walk along the water front, which I prefer.
What to buy: T-shirts, key-rings, diamonds, toliettries, books. There's a shop that sells the most gorgeous globes, ranging in sizes, made out of different precious stones.
What to pay: From 35c for postcards to thousands for diamonds.Related to:
Shopping in St. Thomas
There is some great shopping in St. Thomas- a whole area dedicated to it. You can find some unique jewelry as well as great gifts, etc.
What to buy: Cruzan rum and jewelry.
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