St. Thomas, USVI
St. Thomas is the place for jewelry and libations. I found myself drooling over pieces that I could not afford while my comrades found great prices and options for rum and cognac. Downtown St. Thomas has lots of independent jewelry stores in addition to your traditional duty free options (Diamonds International, Columbian Jewelers).
We also had some hometown hospitality at the Boutique at Irie Art n’ Tings on Coki Beach. My cruise roommate bought a sarong and received lessons on tying it from the owner who hails from Connecticut but now makes her home on the island.
So my advice when heading to an island is to take in the local culture and let that influence your purchases. You never know what or who you’ll run into.