To describe Yacht Haven Grande as a shopping center is to do it a great injustice. Yes, there are indeed shops galore, with everything from Gucci to Kool Kidz. There is also a plethora of restaurants for you to choose from as you take a break to recharge mid-shopping frenzy. And did we mention the gorgeous waterfront location? With much more to offer than the sometimes gaudy duty free boutiques that saturate St. Thomas, Yacht Haven Grande deserves an entire day to explore.
The shopping plaza is clean, safe, has plenty of parking, and is part of the stunning waterfront mile-long walk from the West Indies Company dock, where cruise ships tether for the day, to the charming historic town of Charlotte Amalie. As you wind through the brick-laid paths, you’ll happen upon shops like Louis Vuitton, BCBG and Coach. More than just a high-end shopper’s oasis, there truly is something for everyone. Kids getting restless after a long day of shopping’ Swing by waterfront restaurant Wikked at 5:30 every evening to feed fish in the azure Caribbean Sea.
Even if you’re not into shopping, Yacht Haven Grande is the perfect perch from which to check out the massive mega yachts pulling in to the adjacent marina, a premier 48-slip facility. The people watching is apparently pretty exceptional too. Those mega yacht owners, often notable people, love dropping cash at the shops, and while Yacht Haven Grande won’t divulge any names, they assure us that if you kick back and observe, you’re likely to recognize some of your fellow shoppers.
The majority of St. Thomas shuts down every Sunday, but not Yacht Haven Grande. If you find yourself bored on the day of rest, hit up the shops for some entertainment.
Several shops offer a free gift with purchase. All you have to do is ask!
Yacht Haven Grande also wants to make sure you get a taste of island culture, so keep your ears open for the sounds of local music performed by students from St. Thomas schools.
A farmer’s market is held at the waterfront shopping plaza every other Sunday featuring food items from local farmers and crafts made right here in the territory.