Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
to see & things to do
is the island of St. Barthélemy, but it’s terribly
unsophisticated to call it anything but the shortened St. Barts.
This tiny, but oh-so-posh, island is the chicest of chic and
very upscale rich. You’ll
anchor off the capital city of Gustavia (named for a king of Sweden)
and tender ashore right into the heart of town.
Taxis meet all
the arriving cruise ships and it’s not terribly expensive to get
around because everything is so close. About
the only excursion you’ll find is a shortish minibus tour of the
island. Other than the
lovely island views and beaches, there are no major land attractions
on this eight square mile island. However, a snorkeling tour is an
excellent active excursion choice.
Gustavia is a satisfying way to spend your time ashore if you
aren’t interested in a day at the beach.
Gustavia’s best known watering hole is Le Select on rue de
la France. Locals gather
there and it’s very laid-back. With
any luck, Jimmy Buffett might just show up for a “cheeseburger in
paradise” from the outdoor grill.
No duty is
charged on St. Barts, which makes it a good place to buy French
perfumes and liquor. Luxury
items are available at posh designer boutiques (Hermes, Armani,
etc). Fine straw hats are a
St. Barts specialty and the supermarkets have a fabulous selection
of wines and cheeses at near-bargain prices.
is why the rich and famous favor St. Barts—the unspoiled and
uncrowded beaches where they can relax and unwind in style. St-Jean
is the most famous beach, divided into two sections by the Eden Rock
beach is wide with a fringe of lantana palms and a few small hotels
nearby. A narrow beach
protected by a reef on the northern shore is Grand Cul-de-Sac where
you’ll find water sports as well as hotels and restaurants. Also
on the north shore is Marigot Beach, good for snorkeling and
Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call 2013 is all you need
to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise
line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman
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