IFF: Hip to Cruise

Greetings loved ones,

A happy Friday to you! As you may recall from earlier posts, DJ and I will be going home to Louisiana May 20-31, so after this post, IFF will take a brief 2 week hiatus. I always have the best intentions of blogging while we travel, but truthfully I may not get to it for which you can anticipate a wealth of travel adventure blogs upon our return 🙂

This week’s IFF may come as a bit of a surprise as it is actually for one of the cruise ports in St. Thomas. As a traveler, and especially a local, we tend to avoid the touristy spots and get to the “good stuff”. In the case of Crown Bay, it’s worth the tourist traffic.

Let me disclaim you with this: all of our tourist spot recommendations are for a one or two ship day. If you’re considering visiting the VI, bookmark the St. Thomas Cruise Ship Schedule and plan your vacation accordingly. This can make or break your excursions, not to mention tremendously affect the time you spend in traffic. Some tourist spots close when there are no ships in, and the cruise ports would naturally be the most common to do so. So Crown Bay is one of those places to visit when one ship is in, and here’s why it’s worth you’re time-

Christmas Tree Lighting: If you’re on island at Christmas time, they set up a cute little garden area of large lights, have local bands, vendors, and food trucks set-up, and host a big ceremony with Santa which locals and tourists alike are welcome to attend. We attended this year and enjoyed PUMPKIN johnny cakes (a savory fried dough) as well as the always-saught-after Gelato Truck while listening to steel pan Christmas songs and admiring the lights. Read All About It!


Shopping- Crown Bay does not boast a ton of shops like its counterpart, Havensight, but it does feature one of my (and my mom’s) favorite bath product stores ever, Laline Soaps & Candles. They also feature jewelry and souvenir shops as well as an old windmill replica. Adjacent to Crown Bay Center is Crown Bay Marina which features Gourmet Gallery, one of my favorite markets because of the selection and stateside market atmosphere.

IMG_0281Food- In Crown Bay Marina, Tickles Dockside Pub is a great spot on the water which features live music at night as well as a great breakfast menu. And Scoops & Brew is a must-enjoy with fresh gelato and local coffee- perfection!

Good times at Tickle’s


Ferry to Water Island- Despite the fact that we shamefully still have not made it over to Water Island (!!!), this is the gem that lies within Crown Bay- your transportation to Water Island.

To do Crown Bay just right, enjoy some morning coffee at Scoops & Brew or breakfast at Tickles, ferry to Water for a beach day, come back for some ice cream and shopping, and dinner and live music at Tickles (muah!)- or just visit for the Christmas Tree Lighting 🙂


Crown Bay is also a great spot to kill time before a flight because it’s near the airport which is exactly what we did during mom’s final hours 😦

Well folks, that actually completes the recaps from my mom’s visit in March and will most likely be our final blog of the month. Stay tuned for our adventures in Louisiana as well as an exciting IFF: Islander Edition coming June 5!

See Y’all Soon!



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