Looking to do some shopping on St. Croix? Then head to beautiful downtown Christiansted! With it’s historic buildings filled with unique boutiques, art galleries and local jewelers, it has a quaint yet “uptown” feel that makes it impossible to resist. As you stroll along the sidewalks, make sure to take in the beauty of the old European architecture of the buildings, the beautiful stone archways and charming courtyards. There is no better setting for a leisurely afternoon of shopping than this historic, oceanfront town full of color and creative spirit.
While the setting is beautiful, the shopping is great! Christiansted boasts many jewelry stores, most of which make their own original jewelry designs right here on St. Croix. In addition to jewelry, you will find a multitude of shops, studios and galleries offering paintings, photography, glass works, arts and crafts made by local artists. Prefer something wearable? Stop into one of the many unique clothing boutiques where the staff will act as your personal shoppers and help you to find anything you could want or need. Last, but not least, if you are looking for souvenirs to take back with you, the possibilities are endless! For those U.S. citizens visiting St. Croix, we have good news for you! You can enjoy a duty-free allowance of $1,600 per person, including children (which translates to a duty-free allowance of $6,400 for a family of four on a joint customs declaration). So, shop to your hearts content – just make sure you keep your receipts to help you complete your customs form when returning stateside.
As if the scenery and the goods aren’t reasons enough to love the shopping in Christiansted, here is the best reason of all…you are supporting the locals! You won’t find chain stores in Christiansted, in fact most of the shops are what you would call “mom and pop shops”. Most often, the shops are owned and operated by folks that live here on St. Croix, and many carry at least some products made here on-island. What does this mean to you as a shopper? It means the service you will receive while shopping is second to none, and you can feel good knowing that your purchases are supporting the local economy! The shop owners and their staff are generally friendly and attentive, and they genuinely want you to have a positive experience in their stores and with the products you buy.
Shop Christiansted today! Not only will you enjoy history, great dining and a spectacular oceanfront view, but also an array of local shops that cater to your every need while providing an overall upscale experience.
– Jennie Ogden, Editor