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Havensight Mall Visitor Tips

Havensight Mall
Havensight Mall entrance. © 2018 Scott S. Bateman
St. Thomas cruise visitors will have no problem shopping and even eating like crazy at Havensight Mall.

Havensight is one of the original cruise malls that are now popping up throughout the Caribbean. It began many years ago as a small set of buildings with the usual Caribbean tourism shops containing souvenirs, jewelry and electronics.

Even back then, visitors such as us would wander briefly among the buildings and then take a taxi or shuttle bus to Charlotte Amalie, where the most popular duty-free shopping took place.

Now it is the other way around. The area around Havensight has grown so large that it easily competes with Charlotte Amalie. We were surprised by the difference between our first and second cruise visits to St. Thomas.

It's not just the mall itself that has grown. Many shops and restaurants have grown around it.

Cruise visitors can walk off their ships and go only a few hundred feet to reach the series of buildings that make up the mall.

The area is now so big that free open-air shuttles take passengers from one point to another around the mall area. Inexpensive shuttles go from the entrance of the mall to Charlotte Amalie on a regular basis.

Cruise passengers who want to shop on St. Thomas will find that Havensight may fill their desire and leave the rest of the day for beaches and excursions. Otherwise, they can take a quick shuttle to Charlotte Amalie for more of the same.

On our first visit more than 10 years ago, we found the best shopping in Charlotte Amalie. On our second visit 10 years later, we didn't find much difference between Havensight and Charlotte Amalie shops. The city does have more restaurants.

The mall is usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily when ships are in port.

Nearby Attractions

One of the major attractions on St. Thomas is right by the mall. Visitors to the shopping area will see the St. Thomas Skyride in the near distance.

The skyride takes 24 passengers every seven minutes 700 feet above Charlotte Amalie to the top of Flag Hill for views of the islands. Shopping and dining are available at the top.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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