Best Places to Shop Just Off the Ship in St. Thomas

St. Thomas has forever held a lofty reputation among cruise ship passengers for its duty free shops and one of a kind art galleries and specialty boutiques . Since cruise ship passengers are some of the most avid shoppers to visit the island, it makes perfect sense that some of the best shopping is located in and around the cruise ports.

Around the West Indian Company dock visitors will find the expansive outdoor Havensight Mall, just steps off the ship and offering a comprehensive array of stores that stock everything from luxuries to necessities and inexpensive trinkets. In addition to at least a dozen jewelry shops, you'll find quality electronics and gadgets, beauty and health supplies and beach and surf gear.

Just a short walk from Havensight is a more upscale mall, Yacht Haven Grande, where shoppers can find elegant women’s fashions, shop for clothes for the kids or stop for lunch or just a cup of good, strong joe.

In downtown Charlotte Amalie, which is equidistant between the two cruise ship ports, jewels and gems are king – about 100 stores tempt travelers with all manner of baubles and bling. But there are also a fair number of specialty shops, such as the fascinating SOS Antiques, which specializes in nautical items.

Vendors Plaza

Vendors Plaza is an outdoor marketplace next to Fort Christian and the Legislature building, just at the edge of downtown Charlotte Amalie. Local vendors set up tents and booths to sell an assortment of hats, knockoff designer bags, inexpensive...  Read More

Locally owned, this chic boutique carries both local and name brand designers. Its line of women's clothing includes every look from casual jeans and T-shirts to sophisticated and flirty cocktail dresses, plus shoes, jewelry and handbags to...  Read More

Most of what you find at Havensight Mall and along downtown streets focus on jewelry. Boolchand's also carries jewelry, and in fact has a partnership with Pandora jewelry. In addition to Pandora charms, fine gem jewelry and watches, Boolchand's...  Read More

Zora of St. Thomas
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At the edge of downtown Charlotte Amalie, Zora of St. Thomas is known for its custom made leather sandals, but equally popular are the unique handmade canvas bags, luggage and back packs it sells. It also makes a line of sturdy men's and...  Read More

Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative
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Find the work of more than 150 artisans gathered under one roof at this arts and crafts gallery. The goods are constantly changing as the craftspeople create new designs, but popular offerings include hand-carved calabash bowls, spice racks made...  Read More

S.O.S. Antiques
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St. Thomas is known as a wrecker's haven, and divers to this day find booty on the bottom of the harbor. Hit this waterfront store to find a souvenir of the island's nautical and swashbuckling heritage – from musket balls to Spanish coins....  Read More

Mango Tango Art Gallery
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Just outside the hustle and bustle of Charlotte Amalie, this popular, long-standing gallery sells works by local and internationally recognized artists who spend all or part of their time in the Caribbean. In addition to paintings, sculpture and...  Read More

Charlotte Amalie
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Main Street and the waterfront of downtown Charlotte Amalie offer an impressive array of shops catering to cruise ship passengers and resort guests. Everything from the Tommy Hilfiger outlet to liquor emporiums to chocolate shops line its main...  Read More

Yacht Haven Grande
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Yacht Haven Grande is an upscale waterfront development that includes a luxury yacht marina, residential condos, restaurants and more than 40 high-end shopping boutiques. You will find lots of pricey designer brands represented here, including...  Read More

Havensight Mall
Photo courtesy of Karen Elowitt

This mall greets cruise ship passengers who disembark at the West Indian Company dock and is one of the major shopping areas on the island (besides downtown). It encompasses more than 100 duty free and souvenir shops, plus various service...  Read More


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