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St. Barthelemy: The Paradise?

Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:17 am

Hi all,

I'm planning, with my wife, to make a stay of 15 days in any Caribbean island. After seek many references in Internet, we have decided to go to St. Barthelemy.

Have anyone on this forum ever stayed in this island? The best way to arrive ther from Europe?

Is the paradise, as I readed in many websites?

Any reccomendable hotel to stay there?

Awaiting your comments.


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RE: St. Barthelemy: The Paradise?

Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:25 am

Is this what they refer to as St. Barts? The rich people's playground? Has always sounded good to me! Make sure you write about it when you get back! Be interested in hearing about it.
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RE: St. Barthelemy: The Paradise?

Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:28 am

SBH... been there, done that, would do it again any day

I strongly recommend the Christopher Hotel (they will fetch you at the airport).
Also, go to dinner at least once at the Le Rivage restaurant (at the Beach Hotel)

And the beach near the airport is at least as good as Maho Beach (no big aircraft, but more traffic, and... no fence !!!)

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RE: St. Barthelemy: The Paradise?

Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:32 am


you get there via St. Maarten and for which there are flights from Paris or AMS on AF or KL daily, as well as from MIA via AA if you wish to connect from IB coming over from Spain..

you can stay pretty much anywhere there and be assured of a nice time.......

the Karl Gustav is the nicest hotel on the island, but they're all pretty much luxury affairs....

food everywhere there ranges from fairly good to great....

and the island is spectacularly beautiful.

try to arrange for a visit to Maho Beach at SXM so you can experience the airplanes landing for yourself....

oh...yeah...its the 'Paradise' to which Buffett refers in his song about cheeseburgers

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RE: St. Barthelemy: The Paradise?

Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:35 am

I've been there a few times and am going again later this year. Most visitors arrive in St. Barth's from St. Maarten, either by plane or boat. Landing at St. Barth's is interesting, to say the least!

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Whether or not it's paradise depends on your definition. It's a small, peaceful island, with beautiful beaches, incredible food and pricey shopping. Development is strictly controlled so you'll find no big resorts or food/retail/hotel chains.

I've only stayed in a villa so I can't really recommend a hotel, but there quite a few small ones on the island. Just expect to pay a lot. You may also want to consider renting a villa.

Have a great trip!

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RE: St. Barthelemy: The Paradise?

Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:48 am

I've been there a few times. There aren't many choices of ways to get there. You'll almost definitely connect through SXM and take a Twin Otter into St. Barts. The landing is a bit of a wild ride, and you can find numerous pictures of it on this site.

The beaches nice and clean with white sand, and many are clothing-optional. There is great shopping and dining.

Each time I've been there I stayed at the Eden Rock, and I highly recommend it. There are only 13 rooms.


While you're there, consider taking a day-trip to the island of Saba. It's an interesting, tropical place and very different from St. Barts. It's also very quiet and unspoiled by tourism. It is essentially just a dormant volcano that rises up out of the water, with a small Dutch village near the top.
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RE: St. Barthelemy: The Paradise?

Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:09 am

St. Barts is so different from any other Caribbean island. I would definitely take advantage of the geographical proximity of the other islands to take day trips. When I visited I thought that St. Barts was extremely beautiful, but a little too dull, for lack of a better word. For example, SXM is much livelier.

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