Many people come to St. Thomas and the VIrgin Islands for a nice and relaxing vacation. Many people also try to get as much shopping as they can get done also because the U.S. Virgin Islands has the best duty free shopping in the Caribbean and in the area.
Duty Free Shopping
U.S. residents are allowed to take home up to $1,600 worth of duty free goods bought in the U.S. Virgin Islands per person. This includes both adults and children, just in case you have children with you on your vacation.
All you need to know is that when you are returning to the U.S., you must fill out a form to give to customs detailing these items. You may also be asked by the U.S. Customs agents to show proof and receipts for these items, so make sure you keep any receipts or documents that you may have or were given.
As you might have noticed, the $1,600 worth of duty free goods is double the $800 limit from other islands in the Caribbean and is a great benefit to those visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands. You may also take up to 5 cartons of cigarettes and 5 liters of liquor back to your home as long as one of the bottles is a product (such as Cruzan Rum) that was made in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A famous shopping area in the Caribbean is shopping in downtown St. Thomas. Main Street has several streets with all types of retailers and duty free shopping. There are many stores that will most likely have your next “need” that you just have to check out and buy.
Havensight Shopping Mall
Havensight Shopping Mall is located right on the cruise ship dock. This is a very convenient location and is less crowded if you are looking for duty free shopping. There are many of the same products as the downtown shopping stores and price are similar as well.
Yacht Haven Grande
Yacht Haven Grande has many high-end stores that must be checked out. It is located very close to Havensight Shopping Mall and you can walk there. There are many stores, parking and tasty restaurants to eat at.
Crown Bay Center
Crown Bay Center is the newest shopping center in St. Thomas. There are several shops to looks at and lots of parking. A very nice place to shop at with jewelry stores, camera stores, electronics, and local products.