While staying at Nancy’s St Thomas Vacation Rentals, shopping is a good activity when rain is in the forecast but regardless of when you go, shopping on St Thomas is a must.
Make sure you pause and smile to say ‘Good (Morning, Day, Afternoon)’ to salespeople before starting a conversation. Locals are very greeting conscious and this small gesture goes a long way.
Keep in mind that there are a large number of the shops that will bargain with you. In general you will find the bargaining to be in your favor starting a few hours before the cruise ships are scheduled to depart.
Most cruise ships ask their passengers to be back onboard no later than 5pm. So do your best bargaining after 4pm.
The St. Thomas Market is an area of tents in Charlotte Amalie near the intersection of Fort Pladsen and the waterfront. (18’20’25.09 N – 64’55’49.3 W). This is a great place for things like T-Shirts and island memorabilia. The last time I was there I got 3 T-Shirts for $10.
Havensight Mall – http://havensightmall.com/ This is a series of shops near the cruise ship docks. Just look for the cruise ships and you will find the shops. This is a good place to shop for jewelry. You can find the best deals in Havensight just about the time the cruise ships are about to depart.
St. Thomas is a great place to purchase jewelry. Popular jewelry places are Cardows and Diamonds International. There are a number of shops a block off the waterfront in the center of downtown Charlotte Amalie. Very old buildings from back in the days of pirates.
The best place to buy booze is at Plaza Extra in Tutu. Each person can take 6 bottles back to the states. Rum is the best deal.