To most Caribbean travelers, St. Thomas means shopping. Although the island has dreamy tropical beaches and historic buildings, its primary lure is the hundreds of duty-free shops that do a brisk business here. Most of the major shops are located along Main Street and the Waterfront Highway or in the alleys, malls and passageways that connect them; others can be found in Havensight Mall. Many hotels have shops as well, with comparable prices.

Stores are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. During the season when cruise ships are in port, most of the larger shops are also open on Sunday mornings. Some tourist attractions, like Paradise Point and MountainTop, also have gift stores with liquor selections. Havensight Mall is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays, and most hotel shops also have evening hours. Duty-free shopping is also available in Cruz Bay on St. John.

A.H. Riise Caribbean Print Gallery deals in unique collections of Caribbean art. The walls display historic and contemporary prints, maps and colorful illustrations of West Indian life. 

Boolchand's - great buys and best selection in cameras & amp; electronics, including Bose Wave® Radio. Professionals and amateurs will find the world's best equipment-Leica, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Vivitar. 

It's the Captain's Corner for classic kitsch. If you want snow domes, salt 'n' pepper shakers shaped like palm trees or other souvenirs sure to make recipients smile, this is the place! 

Cardow's, the first store on Main Street next to the Post Office, boasts one of the largest jewelry selections in the world. See their great collection of emerald, ruby, sapphire and diamond rings in every price range-including those in the popular Treasure Cove where all jewelry is under $200. Cardow's also offers the Gold Advantage in their Chain Bar where over 20,000 chains are on display. Don't miss the Sale Circle for 30-50% off their already low prices.

Color of Joy in Red Hook is a good source for locally made arts and crafts, including pottery, batik, hand-painted linen and cotton clothing, glass plates and ornaments handmade in the Virgin Islands plus originals and prints by local artists.

At Diamonds International you'll find the largest selection of loose diamonds at prices to fit any budget. Choose a diamond or colored gemstone, then choose a mounting and you'll have your dream ring set in an hour. Full line of loose and set emeralds, rubies, sapphires and tanzanite. Thirty day guarantee, lifetime upgrade, trade-ins welcome and NY based customer service. SPECIAL OFFER: Free pair of diamond stud earrings just for stopping by.

H.Stern-Jewellers' has a wide array of gems and jewels as well as fine Swiss watches and their own brand, the H. Stern Sapphire Watch. Buy at duty-free prices, with confidence-at H. Stern- Jewellers.

The Leather Shop carries handsome handbags-Bottega Veneta, DeVecchi, Prima Classe, Il Bisonte-briefcases, wallets and belts from around the world.

Shoppers know there's no place like Little Switzerland for a complete selection of watches plus crystal, china, jewelry.

Mango Tango on Raphune Hill is worth a visit for their selection of Caribbean art by well-known artists like Don Dahlke and Anne Miller and fine reproductions of traditional West Indian mahogany furniture by Baker. And they have premium cigars in the largest walk-in humidor on the island!

The White House/Black Market carries contemporary women's clothing, sleepwear, lingerie, jewelry and gifts exclusively and only in shades of black and white. The White House and Black Market are well known for their beautifully designed boutiques. Shopping or just browsing here is always a pleasure. Located downtown in Palm Passage and at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Resort.

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