St. Thomas has staked its reputation as a shopping destination. Main Street in downtown Charlotte Amalie is the original shopping district on the island, but recent additions are the mall at Crown Bay and the shops at the Yacht Haven Grande. On the east end, Red Hook offers off-beat shops in a low-pressure environment.
By far the most talked-about item for sale on St. Thomas is jewelry—from fine name brands to upscale knock-offs. In addition to jewelry you’ll find perfume, name-brand skin care products, sunglasses, handbags, liquor, and crystal. Tucked amid big-name retailers like A.H. Riise, Little Switzerland, and Cartier are unique boutiques that peddle wares ranging from Caribbean coffee to upscale ladies’ shoes. There is also a growing number of art galleries.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition