Sonya hook braceletNeighboring 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. Croix’s 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, Franklin’s 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.


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Across the island, Christiansted’s bustling streets (relatively speaking) are dotted with upscale shops. Start at ib designs on Queen Cross Street, where you’ll find handcrafted jewelry inspired by Caribbean life. Top pick: silver hoop earrings for $60.


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Upstairs from ib, Asha is the spot on the island for fashionable and feminine clothes and accessories. You’ll pay a pretty penny at the shop, but you’ll come away with some super-stylish sundresses and flirty skirts that are sure to be staples of your summer wardrobe back home.

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 Sonya’s are the original. Wear the hook facing out if you’re single, facing in if you’re not. Silver bracelets start at $60.

And feel free to shop to your heart’s content: Visitors can bring back up to $1,600 worth of goods duty-free (the highest allowance in the Caribbean).

For general trip-planning information, see our St. Croix destination guide, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on hotels, flights, and vacation packages in St. Croix.

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