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Havensight Mall in St. Thomas Visitor Tips

Havensight Mall
Havensight Mall entrance. © 2020 Scott S. Bateman
St. Thomas cruise visitors will have no problem shopping and even eating like crazy at Havensight Mall.

The mall is right by Havensight Cruise Pier, which is where most eastern Caribbean cruise ships dock when visiting St. Thomas. Havensight is one of the original cruise malls that are now popping up next to cruise piers throughout the Caribbean. The St. Thomas mall 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. So Havensight isn't just a mall anymore. It's a neighborhood.

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.

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.

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, Havensight had grown so much that we didn’t find shopping much better in Charlotte Amalie. The city does have more restaurants.

It’s possible for cruise visitors to walk from Havensight to Charlotte Amalie depending on what they want to do. For example, the Bluebeard’s Castle attraction is about three fourths of a mile away. But Fort Christian is nearly 1.5 miles. Energetic visitors may want to walk, but a hot day could discourage most people.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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May 21, 2020
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