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ellrab
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February 20, 2013 10:21 pm  

I'm traveling from US to Tortola, going sailing for 1 week. I would like to stock up on food and groceries in St Thomas before boarding the ferry to Tortola. What is the best place to shop for food at St Thomas, Charlotte Amalie?
Suggestions are greatly appreciated.


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sherri
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February 21, 2013 9:15 pm  

Cost U Less would be your best bet.


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The Islander
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March 6, 2013 4:06 pm  

If you are trying to grocery shop say in the airport to Charlotte Amalie ferry area vs. being flexible with where the grocery store is located then the suggestions will vary.

So, are you taking the ferry to Tortola within a couple hours of arriving to St. Thomas? Trying to pick up groceries on route to the ferry? Or are you spending time on St. Thomas and therefore flexible with where the grocery store is located?


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ellrab
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March 6, 2013 4:53 pm  

I'm trying to pick up groceries on route from St Thomas airport to Tortola ferry from Charlotte Amalie.Looking for suggestions. I'll have 2-3 hours in between.
Thank you very much.


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Alana33
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March 6, 2013 5:13 pm  

Pueblo would be the only one close to your location from airport on way to downtown ferry to BVI.
There is Gourmet Gallery at Crown Bay Marina but with their prices you may as well save yourself the hassel and pay Tortola prices as GG is very expensive.

Good Luck and enjoy your visit.


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The Islander
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March 7, 2013 12:16 pm  

The options Alana noted are the ones between the airport and Charlotte Amalie ferry terminal. Airport to Charlotte Amalie ferry is about a 6-8 minute drive, and Pueblo is in between the two spots - convenient for the route you are taking.

There are bulk stores more mid-island; like Cost U Less that Sherri suggested. That's like a 15 minute drive past the Charlotte Amalie ferry. That's in low traffic, with traffic it can take a lot longer. Traffic is affected by time of the day, and weekend vs. weekday.

You can decide whether you want to go further to a bigger store, if its worth your time and the additional taxi fare.


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STT Resident
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March 7, 2013 12:21 pm  

Depending on what you're purchasing you may want to check the prices at Bobby's Market on Tortola (they have a website and you can pre-order for your arrival). You may well find that between the time involved, taxi fares (plus additional for packages) and the extra $$s for taking packages on the ferry, your savings may be minimal. I've occasionally checked Bobby's prices and they're not so much different from supermarket prices here.


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Future Islander
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March 9, 2013 8:33 am  

STT is right.

We always shop at Bobby's Market when chartering a boat out of Tortola.

Prices at Bobby's are a bit more expensive, but you don't have the hassel of shopping on STT and carrying it over to Tortola. Plus Bobby's provides free transportaion and accepts credit cards.


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March 9, 2013 11:47 am  

I never understood why people would try to save a few dollars by shipping food. It seems insignificant compared to the over-all cost. I guess I'm not a penny pincher.


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krmlaw
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March 15, 2013 8:33 am  

To John, we usually pack a roller carry on with dry goods for a number of reasons, mainly we have a little one who likes certain kids of everything and worry we won't have goldfish crackers at the store.

We shopped at pueblo last trip for cold goods and found it reasonable


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