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SMOKE SHACK OFFERS LAST CHANCE TO SHOP TAX FREE

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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.

August, 2023

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COCO BITS

A BIT ABOUT GENIPS

Genip trees are native to the U.S. Virgin Islands and throughout a large part of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Found growing along many roadsides and in forested areas, leafy genip trees can grow up to 85 feet tall. The fruit grows in bunches and typically ripens during the late summer months. Genips are a small fruit with thin, rigid green skin.  When ripe the flesh is sweet with a slight tart taste.

Aside from the incomparable beauty of the Caribbean and all it has to offer, travelers to St. Thomas get an added bonus — the chance to save a substantial amount of money on tobacco products including cigars and cigarettes as well as vapes.

The extra good news is — rather than making purchases for the trip home while enjoying the island — now you can wait ’til the very last minute to make your purchases. How convenient!

Above: In addition to circular bench seating for passengers, The Smoke Shack offers tax free shopping on tobacco products.  

Above: Look for The Smoke Shack kiosk, curbside at the Cyril E. King airport by the airline check-in counters.

Top of Page: An enticing sign to shop and save says it all at The Smoke Shack.

At The Smoke Shack, stateside residents may purchase up to five cartons of cigarettes, tax-free. 

When you arrive for your return flight home at the Cyril E. King Airport, look for The Smoke Shack. Located curbside by the airline check-in counters, the stone-structured kiosk with circular bench seating boasts colorful signage reminding travelers of the “Last Chance To Buy.”

At The Smoke Shack, stateside residents may purchase up to five cartons of cigarettes, tax-free. 

You also will find specials in the spotlight including “five for the price of four” on select brands.

The Smoke Shack is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click HERE to find Cyril E. King Airport on Google Maps


Are you currently vacationing in the islands, then heading back home to Mainland USA? Transporting a “Pets With Wings” animal on your journey home means a precious pet’s life has been saved. Click HERE to learn more!

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