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The port city of Charlotte Amalie is not only the capital of St. Thomas, but the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because of this, it is a rather large area with numerous shops and boutiques, as well as other stores and restaurants. It is also a large port for cruise ships. Every day anywhere from 5-8 cruise ships could be docked in the harbor, but they will generally leave by nightfall. Because of this influx of toursim during the day, Charlotte Amalie can turn into a hectic market place from the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There are a number of high end shops that sell rare and expensive arts and jewelry, but there are also opportunities to buy cheap gifts. Located just to the right of the main shopping district is a large tent market where locals can sell their goods. Anything from t-shirts to hemp necklaces can be bought here for low costs. You can also haggle with the merchants and try to bring prices down. That is something you can't do in the shops.
While there are some big name stores, such as Hard Rock Cafe and Polo, there are also local shops to choose from.The Olga Glove Boutique is also opening a store offering leather and fine fashion gloves.