Neighboring St. Thomas might be known as the shopping mecca of the U.S. Virgin Islands thanks to its major cruise hub, but St. Croix has plenty to offer for those in need of a little retail therapy.
St. Croixs 150,000 annual cruise passengers make port in Frederiksted, the sleepy town on the western side of the island. Steps from the dock, on Strand Street, Franklins on the Waterfront opened in late 2011 with chic home accessories at affordable prices. Stop in for scented candles, specialty teas, and unique vases and table settings.
Across the island, Christiansteds bustling streets (relatively speaking) are dotted with upscale shops. Start at ib designs on Queen Cross Street, where youll find handcrafted jewelry inspired by Caribbean life. Top pick: silver hoop earrings for $60.
For a true St. Croix accessory, head to Sonya on Company Street for a hook bracelet (pictured above). Other jewelers may have copied the design, but Sonyas are the original. Wear the hook facing out if youre single, facing in if youre not. Silver bracelets start at $60.
And feel free to shop to your hearts content: Visitors can bring back up to $1,600 worth of goods duty-free (the highest allowance in the Caribbean).