Surface area : 352.0 km2
Population : 120000 inhabitants
You will find a wide range of duty free products in Charlotte-Amalie (St. Thomas) and Christiansted (St. Croix) ports including cosmetics, Hi-Fi equipment and branded clothing. Dronningen's Gate, Charlotte-Amalie's main street is the best place for duty free in the Caribbean. You can also take advantage of the place to bring back Danish products. The archipelago has a very attractive contemporary artcraft with colourful paintings and wood carvings. In St. Thomas, you will find a wide range of shops at the American Yacht Harbor in Red Rock. Shops usually open during the week from 9:00 am to 17:00 pm, including on Saturday.
Americans could not help importing their tex-mex food. In the main cities, you will find many small restaurants that serve hamburgers, huge salads, served with 'diet' coke or beer. Service is however a lot more relaxed than in the United States, and it is a good way to meet expatriates. Fortunately, you will also find restaurants that serve local food such as grilled fish, crayfish and a surprising variety of fruits.
Although the archipelago is touristy, here courteousness is essential and inhabitants do not appreciate sloppy appearances outside of beaches.
In the islands, the cost of living is extremely high. If you are travelling without a travel organisation, prepare to spend £50-150 per day, depending on the accommodation you choose. Travelling during the low tourist season, between April and early December, is a good way of saving money. During this period, hotels half their prices, which is not insignificant. Also, think about buying cosmetics and sunscreen before leaving. Finally, if you are planning on going to St. John island during the tourist season, book in advance, because accommodation options are limited.