St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, St. Thomas is well reputed as a shopping Mecca with no customs duties or sales tax on tourism related items and offering significant advantages to American citizens with a duty-free shopping quota up to $1,200.00 (twice that any other Caribbean island) as well as a convenient system and customs for the international traveler not available in destinations inside the continental States.
Easy to arrive from anywhere in the world the Virgin Islands are just around 3 hours and a half of non-stop flight from New York City; 3 hours from Atlanta and just 2 1/2 hours from Miami with several major airlines offering regularly scheduled flights and many smaller airlines serving locally the islands.
There are Internationally famous shopping areas scattered throughout the island and one of the most popular shopping area is Havensight Mall, located in the second large agglomeration of stores connected by alleys and passageways with long buildings housing more than 60 stores for a unique shopping experience right next to the primary cruise ship dock in Havensight and the American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook.
Havensight Shopping Mall is the right place to find a countless number of Caribbean treasures on sale and there are many shops hidden away straight in the alleys with some of the best buys including great bargains on items such as books, maps, guides, leather, clothing and accessories, china, perfume, watches, cameras, fine jewelry, liquors and fine spirits as well as other island goods, arts and hand made crafts open 7 days a week when there are not cruise ships in port including holidays.
There are no customs duties on tourism-related items and there are no sales or luxury taxes. United States Citizens can spend the mentioned quota on duty-free merchandise additioning to this exemption the facility to mail home an unlimited number of gifts to relatives and friends worth $100 each or less as long as not perfume, liquors or tobacco.
Speaking about liquor, Havensight Mall offers the Cruzan Rum, the Virgin Islands mellow spirit including aged rums like the Cruzan Estate 2-Year Light or Dark Rum, the Cruzan Estate Diamond 5-Year Rum and lower-proof rums including the Cruzan Pineapple Rum, Cruzan Banana Rum, Cruzan Orange Rum and the popular Cruzan Coconut Rum.
These are just few of the many stores at Havensight Shopping Mall:
Location: Havensight Mall Main Street
Location: 33 Main Street Havensight Mall
A.H. Rise Stores
Location: 37 Main Street Waterfront Havensight Mall
Colombian Emeralds International
Location: Main Street Waterfront Havensight Mall
Among the many shopping the 40,000-square-foot Port of Sale Outlet Center located near Havensight Mall and the cruise-ship docks is a worth and holds a variety of shops featuring discounts on island goods and tobacco besides of clothing and jewelry. During high season the outlet is open Monday through Saturday and the larger shops also open on Sunday mornings.
As most of the shopping is focused on valuables it is advisable to discourage crime by being smart and following the same rules you would in any big city; don't flash large amounts of bills in public and enjoy your shopping time at Havensight Shopping Mall.
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