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Visit Smith Bay Beach — A Hidden Gem On The East End

Visit Smith Bay Beach — A Hidden Gem On The East End

Smith Bay Beach — a 21-acre park located just off Route 38 —is home to an intriguing assortment of plants, birds and marine life. For decades, the sleepy area just off the beaten path on the road to Red Hook was known to locals as Lindquist. Over time, the isolated shoreline became ever-more popular with local groups keeping it clean and inviting.

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

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

Known as “A Regal Shopping Experience.” Crown Bay Center 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.

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Check Out The View — And History — At Drake’s Seat

Check Out The View — And History — At Drake’s Seat

Traditionally, Drake’s Seat is an ideal spot to watch the sunset. It is also well known as the place where the Caribbean Sea joins the Atlantic Ocean. Legend has it (and locals swear) that 16th century explorer, Sir Francis Drake, regularly perched himself on the overlook bearing his name to keep an eye out for enemy ships.

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PRICKLY PEAR — TROPICAL PLANT AND AN ISLAND, TOO

PRICKLY PEAR — TROPICAL PLANT AND AN ISLAND, TOO

A genus of flowering plants in the cactus family, the prickly pear is known for its flavorful fruit and showy flowers. Prickly pear cacti are native to the Western Hemisphere and flourish throughout Caribbean. Prickly Pear also is the name of a lush, uninhabited island in the British Virgin Islands. Although the island has no permanent residents, it has a beach bar, restaurant and recreational water sports facilities.

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SPOTLIGHTING THE LATE CYRIL E. KING (1921- 1978)

SPOTLIGHTING THE LATE CYRIL E. KING (1921- 1978)

Cyril Emmanuel King was born on St. Croix in 1921. In 1949 he was appointed as an aide to Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, becoming the first African American to serve in the office of a U.S. senator. He was elected to the Virgin Islands Senate in 1972. In 1974, King was elected Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He died in office in 1978. In 1984, the Harry S. Truman Airport was renamed Cyril E. King Airport by the Virgin Islands Legislature.

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CALYPSO TRADING FEATURES TROPICAL FASHIONS & MORE

CALYPSO TRADING FEATURES TROPICAL FASHIONS & MORE

Calypso Trading Co., a brand new trend-setting retail operation recently opened in Buccaneer Mall directly across from Port of Sale in Havensight. The shop’s location appeals to residents as well as vacationers. Although doors opened just five months ago, Calypso Trading already has an impressive base of repeat local customers.

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SMOKE SHACK OFFERS LAST CHANCE TO SHOP TAX FREE

SMOKE SHACK OFFERS LAST CHANCE TO SHOP TAX FREE

Travelers to St. Thomas get an added bonus — the chance to save on tobacco products including cigars and cigarettes as well as vapes. Rather than making purchases while enjoying life on the island, vacationers can wait ’til the very last minute to make purchases at The Smoke Shack at the Cyril E. King Airport.

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CALABASH BABY GEAR RENTALS MAKE TRAVEL A BREEZE

CALABASH BABY GEAR RENTALS MAKE TRAVEL A BREEZE

Families with young children have a dynamic new service to count on when vacationing on St. Thomas. Rather than traveling with bulky strollers, car seats, toys, and more, baby and toddler needs can be personally delivered by Calabash Baby Gear Rentals.

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THE “DINING OUT” CROWD IS HOOKED ON HOOK’D

THE “DINING OUT” CROWD IS HOOKED ON HOOK’D

In December 2020, Hook’d restaurant opened in Red Hook at the former Molly Molones. The transformation from dark wood to light, sparkling ambience is remarkable and inviting. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hook’d has inside booths, large friendly bar, and umbrella-topped tables overlooking the marina.

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