Gallery St. Thomas: Best Store of Cruise!
This is an absolutely wonderful store run by a very nice woman who will gladly give you information about any of the pieces for sale there. Everything is nicely displayed and the environment is laid back and friendly. No pushiness here.
What to buy: The gallery features paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, household items, cards, and so much more. My friend bought a funky salt shaker designed to keep it dry in hot and humid climates. I bought cards that featured some gorgeous watercolors of tropical scenes and a really fun pendant necklace made out of the "bump" at the bottom of wine bottle.
There's something you don't find every day!
- Arts and Culture
Main Street in General: Main Street Shopping Tips
Main Street-- about a block up from waterfront---has most of the jewelry stores you'll want to shop at, plus knick knack shops and tourist souvineers. The liquor prices and cigarette prices will blow your mind and the selection downtown is where you'll find the most stuff. you can spend a life time shopping there. One of my favorites is the Royal Dayne Mall. It's inbetween the waterfront and main street. Time stands still there and it's cool enough you can escape the sun inside the stone walls.
What to buy: Duty free liquor, electronics (some things), cigarettes, RUM!, cool island clothes, art and much more.
What to pay: Depends what you are buying, there's stuff sold for small fortunes and lots of things that are bargains.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Chalotte Amelie's Main Street is packed with jewelry stores. You could very easily get dizzy from the how many there are! Given the competition some can be pretty pushy. If you're patient and know what you want you should be able to walk away with a nice trinket. If you're not looking to buy fine jewelry, then if you're lucky, there will be comfy chair or two that you can sit on while your friend shops! ; ]
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Del Sol: Groovy Color Changing Goodies
Del Sol stores sell clothes and other items that change color in the sun. They're located all over the US and Caribbean but I'd never seen or gone into one until I went to St. Thomas
What to buy: We went in to look at the nail polish, bought some of it along with some key chains, sun glasses, and other fun stuff. To top off the fun they put your purchases in a reusable cotton sack with a design on it that - you guessed it - changes color!
Shaka Zulu: Local Hand Crafted Art and Jewelry
We walked into this store because the owner, in this fabulous costume originally told us to get off the street so we wouldn't get run over! This turned into a conversation in which he was explaining to us how the cruise ships get a kickback from the stores that sell fine jewelry at the ports. Well, who didn't know that?
While he was busy talking to us about this (and showing us photos of the annual festival that he was dressed up for) I noticed the gorgeous new jade pendants on leather that he had for sale. He had various semi-precious stones on leather but I wanted a new jade. It's one of my favorite stones and this necklace just spoke to me.
I love this necklace and I'll always remember how funny this guy was!
Vendor's Plaza: HAD to stop here!
This is one of the first places we spotted after getting off our taxi in downtown Charlotte Amelie. Don't know about you but I love craft fairs.
This wasn't really a craft fair as most of these stalls had the same or extremely similar stuff.
What to buy: As with any vendor in the Caribbean you will find an overabundance of sundresses, beach bags, and non locally crafted jewelry. You'll also find a lot of pieces made of Larimar (sometimes called Lorimar), a really pretty stone in varying shades of aqua and blue. We saw it for the first time in Sint Maarten and then in St. Thomas. I bought some pieces for gifts and for moi!
What to pay: Bargain, bargain, bargain. If they won't bring the price down, walk away. You'll see how quickly it drops.
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K-Mart: Cheap Liquors
Believe me... K-Mart sells lots of liquors and they have the best prices overall. We did find one type of vodka cheaper at liquor store in Charlotte Amalie, but all rums, wines and other types of liquor were much cheaper at K-Mart!
What to buy: Everything else an usual K-Mart would have...
Local Color: One of My Favorites
This is one of my favorite shops in Charlotte Amalie. Ther are other shops called Local Color at other Caribbean destinations but they are NOT the same store.
Here is Irwin standing in front of some signs directing you to where the listed stores are located. Some of them are most probably down an alley.
Havensight Shopping Mall
There were only few stores open the day we went. A little pricey and not too many options for shopping.
Charlotte Amalie: Jewelry, Perfumes, Cristals, Gifts...
What to buy: At Charlotte Amalie you'll find tons of stores selling lots of jewelry, local craft, liquors...
What to pay: Gotta check the prices... There are lots of stores there