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Shop And Dine In The Fun ’N Sun At Crown Bay Center

Written by Coconut Post

Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

November, 2023

According to promotional materials, Crown Bay Center is known as “A Regal Shopping Experience.”

In reality, it offers shopping for sure — and so much more. When cruise ships are in port, the sprawling single-level facility comes to life with upbeat opportunities to enjoy dining, gaming, and socializing in a tropical seaside landscape. And be sure to check out the open-air market that overflows with intriguing arts and crafts.

Above: Shoppers ranging from cruise ship passengers to island residents enjoy the energetic ambience of Crown Bay Center.

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Each U.S. resident — including children — traveling back to the mainland may take home $1,600 worth of duty-free goods purchased in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Adult travelers also may take  five cartons of cigarettes and up to six bottles of liquor, as long as one bottle is a product made in the V.I. — such as Cruzan Rum.

Left: This breathtaking overhead shot of Crown Bay Center captures the majesty of the cruise ship port.

Above: In addition to air-conditioned shops and restaurants, Crown Bay Center also features a festive open-air market offering local arts n’ crafts.

Above: Crown Bay Center’s taxi pick-up makes it a breeze to head out to other popular island destinations.

Located on the Southside of St. Thomas — west of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor — Crown Bay Center is in an area of the island commonly known as Subbase.

Aptly named, in the 1940s and 50s, it served as a United States naval base. Today, the colorful complex is officially called the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Facility. It is a gateway to the U.S. Virgin Islands where cruise passengers not only can relax, shop and dine; from there, many day-visitors venture out to local beaches, tours, excursions and sightseeing.

Additionally, throughout the year, the Crown Bay Center hosts holiday festivals, concerts and community events.

For the latest, Like the Crown Bay Center on FACEBOOK.

For additional information, visit crownbaycentervi.com.

Find Crown Bay Center on Google Maps.


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