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.
A BIT ABOUT DUTY-FREE ALLOWANCES FOR U.S. CITIZENS
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.
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.