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Old 07-25-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I haven't visited St. Croix since before 9/11. At the time, you could carry on the plane 6 bottles of local booze to bring back to the states. Can you still do this, or does it need to be packed or even worse purchased at a duty free store for 2x the local price.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:41 AM
 
Location: St. Croix
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Duty free: 5 - 1/5 bottles of any alcohol + 1 - 1/5 bottle of USVI alcohol such as Cruzan Rum, total six as long as one is a USVI product. Treated as a checked bag. Our guests have never encountered breakage as the handlers are quite used to the boxes (purchased at the store, K-mart, rum factory) as breakable, checked baggage. Have a great trip!
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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I used to go to the Kmart and get the local rum. I thought it was a tad sweeter than the imported Cruzan. So it doesn't break in checked baggage??
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I don't know if the St Croix airport has a duty-free store after the security point as St Thomas has but if you purchase from that store you can take the bottles on board with you. Otherwise they must now be checked. The liquor at the duty free store at the airport is a bit higher in price but nowhere near 2X. And since we are a duty-free territory, all liquor purchased in all stores is duty free.

Imported Cruzan? Cruzan rum IS the local rum. Apart from the usual light, dark, 151 (which you can't take on a 'plane) they now carry a premium dark, a blackstrap and a huge variety of wonderful fruit-flavored rums and coconut as well. All simply delicious either mixed or served on the rocks. Cheers!
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:52 AM
 
Location: St. Croix
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I used to go to the Kmart and get the local rum. I thought it was a tad sweeter than the imported Cruzan. So it doesn't break in checked baggage??
It can break in checked baggage, just like anything else. My comment is based on experiences that our guests have had.

FYI - May, 2011 Cruzan Rum introduced a new strawberry/ginger flavored rum.

As stated previously, this is the local rum and perhaps the sweetness you tasted was from a Cruzan flavored rum which is typically sweeter depending on the mix you use.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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Yes, it seemed the Cruzan I bought on the island was sweeter that what I get in the States (the imported I refered to). The premium dark is tasty!
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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In my humble opinion, and I have tried them all, the best rum in the Caribbean is "Ron Barrilito" from Puerto Rico...It is available at many duty free airport shops. They have a two star and a three star version. The latter is better than many brandies I've come across.
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Old 07-30-2011, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Jupiter
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Unfortunately....you cannot carry more than 3oz of any liquid through the TSA screening gates...however...if you are willing to pay the the price you can buy what you want once you pass through the TSA screening...but at a much higher price...

There are places in St Croix that will mail your purchase to you...but who know for sure if your purchase will ever arrive...
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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It can break in checked baggage, just like anything else. My comment is based on experiences that our guests have had.

FYI - May, 2011 Cruzan Rum introduced a new strawberry/ginger flavored rum.

As stated previously, this is the local rum and perhaps the sweetness you tasted was from a Cruzan flavored rum which is typically sweeter depending on the mix you use.
My friend and I each brought back a box of 6 bottles last time we vacationed Tortola, changed planes in Puerto Rico, both boxes have a couple of broken bottles in them when we got back to the states.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:06 PM
 
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I don't know with the TSA now, how they go about it, but it used to be you could bring up to 6 bottles of tax free liquor from the VI with you , as a carry on. The bottles wouldn't break that way.
If you checked them with your luggage they are going to break.
For the person who mentioned the Barrilito rum from PR, I recently saw it at the San Juan airport in the tax fee store. I was quite surprised to see it there!
It is a fantastic rum.
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