in your suitcase, and in your day-to-day life.
1 Sunbathe in style with a new line of VERSACE SUNGLASSES. They range in shape and size, from large bubble shades to rimless rectangles that decorate your face like a celebrity in the spotlight (or sunlight). Starting at $140. (800) 786-4527, www.sunglasshut.com
2 No trip to the islands (or even the pool) is complete without a cool, refreshing rum beverage. But move beyond rum and Coke with a few of BACARDI’s flavored options. Check out Razz (yep, raspberry), Vaníla, Cóco (tropical coconut), and O (our personal orangy favorite). For an even more authentic experience, head straight to the source: San Juan’s Casa
Bacardi Visitor Center (787-788-8400, www.bacardi.com), the “ ‘spiritual’ home of Bacardi,” for in-depth tours, tastings, and of course, purchases.
3 Two St. John studios have elevated clothing to works of art, hand painting one-of-a-kind keepsakes. SLOOP JONES (340-779-4001, www.sloopjones.com) creates cool, linen button-down shirts, polos, T-shirts, and more, with prices starting at $48. Since 1978, THE CLOTHING STUDIO (340-776-6585, www.clothingstudio.com) has offered handsome hand-painted designs on clothing of all kinds, starting at $65. Take these tropical souvenirs home or order them custom-made, even if you’re landlocked.
4 You’ll take to this camera like a fish to water. The digital CANON POWERSHOT A70 is a dynamo on land. Buy the waterproof case and it all goes amphibious, including the zoom lens and the Movie Mode, which films up to three minutes of video. Camera: $449; case: $240. (800) 652-2666, www.canon.com
5PUTUMAYO WORLD MUSIC, known for its Caribbean and global music, salutes its 10th anniversary with a double CD collection of favorites that kicks off with “Mix Up World” from the British Virgin Islands’ Quito Rymer (catch his act in person at Quito’s Gazebo on Tortola). $25. (888) 788-8629, www.putumayo.com
6 Hat designer ELISSA MARGULIES is brimming with ideas for sun protection. You’ll have it made in the shade with her new line of women’s hats in a range of cool colors that look good, provide UVA and UVB protection, and offer complete coverage for the head and neck. $28-$58. (866) 449-9997, www.physicianendorsed.com