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The Department of Tourism looks forward to welcoming you to the U.S. Virgin Islands! Our recovery from last year’s storms has been very strong. Power has been restored, beaches and attractions have reopened, restaurants are serving up extraordinary dishes, and the USVI spirit is as warm and inviting as ever. Airlines and cruise lines have returned to our shores, and many hotels, bed and breakfasts and condominiums are available to overnight visitors even as our rebuilding work continues. The USVI yachting industry is unrivaled, and we have wonderful villas to accommodate groups large and small. More hotels will open near the end of 2018, and we are confident we will have an even better tourism product. Please contact your airline, accommodations provider and/or travel advisor for specific updates before you travel. The best way to continue help the Territory is to visit us! Also, please visit usviupdate.com for more details. #USVIStillNice

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If you love to shop, you’ll find it hard to resist the best duty-free shopping in the Caribbean. With an allowance of $1,600, double that of other islands, U.S. residents can enjoy the shopping experience. You may send gifts to friends and relatives (excluding tobacco and alcohol), but no more than one package per day to the same address — up to $100 in value. These items need not be declared.

U.S. residents, including children, are allowed to spend $1,600 without incurring any duty on goods purchased. You will need to complete a customs form for these items and may be asked to produce receipts, so it’s important to keep a good record of what you bought. Perfume, jewelry, tobacco, cameras, crystal, china and electronics are available for 30-60% off U.S. prices. If you’d like to take advantage of our great prices on liquor, take back up to six bottles, as long as one is made in the Virgin Islands (such as Cruzan Rum).

In St. Croix’s historic towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted, unique shopping opportunities abound. The Christiansted Boardwalk, Company Street, Kings Alley Walk, Caravelle Arcade and the PanAm Pavilion all provide shopping opportunities in Christiansted. Take a stroll on Frederiksted’s Strand Street for great shops.

Christiansted Retail and Restaurant Association (CRRA)
Phone: 340-690-2424
Frederiksted Economic Development Association (FEDA)
Phone: 340-773-3332
St. Croix Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 340-773-1435