U.S. Virgin Islands
Each of the three main U.S. Virgin Islands has its own distinctive character. St. Thomas is the most cosmopolitan: the capital city, Charlotte Amalie, is always bustling with activity. St. John is almost pure nature, with two-thirds of the island's landmass set aside in a national park. St. Croix, the largest of the three islands, is the perfect combination of the two. For shopping: duty free stores may draw the cruise ship hordes, but it's the one-of-a-kind, made-in-the-USVI items that keep the smartest shoppers coming back. Look out for hook bracelets from Sonya's, Chaney pieces from ib designs, Crucian Knots from Crucian Gold, the amazing glass menagerie of Jan Mitchell-Larsen, exquisite mahogany carvings from St. Croix LEAP, handmade leather sandals from Zora of St. Thomas—the list goes on and on.