The best Shopping Port while cruising can be found in St Thomas.
It is one of my favorite things to do while visiting this island. This is a long post with lots of pictures. I hope the post will help you get a feel for this island whether you are visiting by a cruise ship for the day or you are staying on the island. If you have never been, get ready to do a lot of walking.
Every time our daughter (T) comes to St Thomas with us, we pick a day to go shopping while J goes diving. Just the girls spending time together, shopping all day. J left early to meet the dive boat and we had a leisurely breakfast on the balcony watching the cruise ships come in. There were only two ships in port.
While we were on the balcony, I got a call from J. He told me he was out in the harbor on one of the dive boats going to the cruise ship to pick up more divers. We spotted him and waved—that was pretty neat. After finishing breakfast, we got ready to walk downtown.
The nicest part of staying at Bluebeard’s Castle—we were a short walk away from the shops and restaurants. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the main street, depending on how fast you walk.
When we reached downtown St Thomas, it was not very busy. Our strategy was to go down one side and come back the other side. If you have never been to St Thomas, the majority of the shops are jewelry stores, and souvenir/liquor shops. The main shopping is one street back from the waterfront. The stores were open with the people trying to coax one inside. After a while, you got tired of hearing how everything is “almost free”.
The taxis are always driving down the one way street looking for passengers to take back to the ship.
Once we were done with this street, we start to wander the different alleyways, where even more shops/restaurants are located. The colorful alleys are fun to explore and take pictures.
After a leisurely lunch, we decided to walk over to the cruise ship area for more shopping.
Walking the waterfront you can see Bluebeard’s Castle in the distance (white buildings with red roof as seen in the picture below). We passed the outside market (blue tents) with vendors who will braid hair, sell tee shirts and other trinkets.
We walked through Yacht Haven Grande, where the high end shops are located.
We finally arrived at the cruise ship terminal, for the last bit of our shopping. This is where we ended up getting our liquor. The prices are so good we always restock our supply when we come to the island. Since we bought so many bottles, I asked for a discount, and they gave it to me. The store packages the bottles in a carry on box, which can be checked in for free at the airport (at least the carrier we used). They will also deliver to the cruise ship for you.
You can stop off and have a drink while you shop, or the husband can hang out at the bar while the wife shops.
Across the street from Havensite Mall there are even more stores.
We did a lot of walking that day and were too tired to lug the box back to the condo and ended up calling J to come pick us up. J would not be interested in all of this shopping that St. Thomas has to offer, so now you can see why the day we go shopping, he goes diving.