Shopping and Dining in the Virgin Islands
From high end shopping to local markets with arts and crafts, the Virgin Islands have it all
The Virgin Islands offer an array of shopping and dining experiences. You are bound to be impressed by the myriad of art galleries, hand-made crafts, and local products that are available that make perfect gifts, mementos, or souvenirs for your yacht charter vacation.
The best thing about shopping in the Virgin Islands is the lack of multinational brand stores or shopping malls. You will find anything you want – including jewelry, clothing, accessories, books, and more – but they are unique items found in tiny shops, boutiques, and stores.
While you are out shopping, you’ll want to stop can savor some of the diverse culinary delicacies that can only be found in the BVI. You’ll enjoy the delicious cuisine that has been passed down for generations and makes use of fresh-caught seafood and local ingredients, along with more recent dishes which are a culmination of the melding of nationalities within the islands. Dress to the nines and head out for an exquisite fine dining experience or toss a t-shirt over your bathing suit, slip into some flip flops, and enjoy the casual atmosphere and live bands at one of the many beach bars.
High End Shopping
St. Thomas is a duty-free port and features a variety of high-end designer boutiques and expensive jewelry stores. Yacht Haven Grande is a posh marina where beautiful boardwalks and landscaped paths wind along the water’s edge to upscale restaurants and luxury shops. Main Street in historic Charlotte Amalie houses high end shops in Danish colonial architecture.
St. Thomas, along with St. Martin, have shops that are more tourist-centered. The same goes for Road Town in Tortola, which is due in large part to it being a cruise ship hub. Tourists seeking Virgin Island t-shirts and beach wear stay in Road Town, where you’re sure to find necessary provisions and even some interestings jewelry shops. Little Switzerland in Tortola offers beautiful high-end wares, and Wickham’s Cay in Road Town is an excellent shopping area. However, to truly discover what shopping on the islands is all about, you’ll want to visit the many small boutiques which are scattered on various islands.
Local markets with arts and crafts
When in Road Town, take a walk along the Main Street, where the winding road will take you from the Governor’s House, past the old Post Office, to the Botanic Gardens. Along the way, you’ll pass small West-Indian-style, brightly-colored houses in which a variety of stores can be found. Serendipity Bookshop has an excellent selection of books on Caribbean history and local cookbooks. Sunny Caribbee offers handmade items and spices, Amethyst sells imported African and Indian items, Kaunda’s has Caribbean music and Samarkand offers unique jewelery. The local craft markets offer BVI-made crafts including crocheted items, straw hats, rum and guavaberry liqueur.
Virgin Islands Dining
In Road Town on Tortola, you’ll find a wide variety of small bakeries offering local delicacies such as roti, fish soup, Johnny cakes, and coconut bread. Trellis Bay on Beef Island features local cuisine in numerous cafes, including the Loose Mongoose beach cafe and the Last Resort restaurant.
High end cuisine
Fine dining options are available throughout the Virgin Islands. On St. Thomas, try Banana Tree Grill, Oceana, or Grand Cru for delectable gourmet cuisine. Other high-end restaurants include Old Stone Farm House and Blue Orchid at St. Peter’s Greathouse, where you’ll find a romantic, old world setting and delicious meals.