A December 2000 trip
to St. Barthelemy by Stefanie Michaels
Quote: Adventure GirlTM, Stefanie Michaels takes a grand look at the beautiful little isle of St. Barthelemy in the Caribbean.
St. Barthelemy also known as St. Barths and St. Barts is located in the Caribbean, across from St. Marteen/St. Martin. It is a 1hr.15 min. flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico. It's on N.Y. time during the summer and 1hr. ahead in the winter. The island was discovered by Columbus and named after his brother, Bartolomeo. You might not of heard of it. It has become one of the world's best-kept little secrets. When I say little, I mean little. It is only eight square miles and very French. Most everyone speaks French. No cruise ships are allowed in & around St. Barths, and there is little tourism promotion.
The pace in St. Barths is slow. The French take leisurely lunches. Ask for the bill. It is considered rude for your waiter to approach you with it. Tipping is not expected, but appreciated. Pay with a credit card. It's the best exchange rate. Request charges in Francs. Beaches are topless or totally nude. Purchase a phone card for the best rates. Most phones are card only, not coin. You can also rent a local cell phone. There is no fresh water, only desalinized, so bottled water is a must.
Gustavia has some of the best shopping in the world.
Did I mention the Yachts? Gustavia Harbor is quite a spectacle with Yachts from all over the world.
There are so many restaurants to enjoy, more than eighty-five at my count. One of my favorites is a lunch place called Le Tamarin. Caribbean dishes, daily fresh catches, mouthwatering lobsters, plus a chocolate dessert to die for. Other fabulous restaurants: l’Iguane for ‘the scene’ and Sushi. Le Repaire for their tuna tartare (AMAZING). Baie des Anges for their lobster salad. Le Boubou’s for a romantic dinner. Everything is sumptuous, Le Deck for bar/night club after midnight. A beautiful restaurant right on the water, L’Orchidee in the Sofitel Christopher Hotel at Pointe Milou.
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