02 December 2015

WEDNESDAY REVIEW: St. Thomas Shopping & Sightseeing!

Our first port stop on our Southern Caribbean Cruise (back in November) was St. Thomas, USVI.
The shopping mecca!

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There are a few things to know before you head out for a day of shopping in St. Thomas. First off, shop around before making any big purchases. There are many different shops, but a lot have similar, or the same things and you want to make sure you get a good deal. One of the biggest examples of this, is jewelry, so keep your eyes peeled. Also, don’t be afraid to haggle a little. Cash will almost always guarantee a price reduction too!

When buying things like alcohol and tobacco products, there are a few rules as well. (These rules apply to U.S. citizens) Even though the legal drinking age is only 18 in the USVI, you still have to be 21 if you want to bring alcohol back to the states.

You can bring back 4 liters of any liquor, but you can add a 5th liter if it’s a product of the Virgin Islands! With tobacco, you have to be at least 21 also, and are allowed up to 100 cigars (with an exception of Cuban) and up to 5 cartons (1,000 cigarettes), duty free, per person and only if they are punched in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Don’t forget, when you leave St. Thomas, you will have to go through customs, so keep all your shopping receipts. Shopping in the USVI is the best deal in the Caribbean! It is duty free with a $1600 exception. If an item you bought is more than $25, you may need to show a certificate of origin. You will also need to declare all your gifts as well, so keep everything you got from St. Thomas organized.

Zac and I did a Shopping & Sightseeing shore excursion with Sunny Liston tours through ShoreFox.com.
Our tour guide, Elvis, was very well versed and made the trip fun for all on the trip. We were given a very extensive tour of the entire Island. We were given 2.5 hours of shopping, and then hopped back on the bus where we made frequent stops at every site for photo opportunities.

$10.95 for an 8oz Banana Daiquiri :/

 Elvis took us to Sapphire Beach, since Coki Beach and Magen’s Bay Beach was pouring rain when driving past it. Zac and I decided to head back into town (due to the rain) to finish our shopping, and redeem our coupons for free shots near the cruise ship ;)
The tour was very well worth it. You will have fun and cost less than excursion offered from the cruise ship.