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St. Barth


The small island of St. Barthelemy (known as St. Barth) really offers a lot of things to do – including snorkeling, windsurfing and fishing – but tourists visit it wiser to escape from it all holed up in villas in the hills. You can find a room facing the sea, but savvy travelers know that the best thing is to take accommodation at the top, where the views are spectacular.

Most of the inhabitants are descendants of the first French-speaking Norman and Breton settlers, so French is the official language, but almost everyone knows converse in English. Gustavia is the main town, with a harbor full of yachts nothing short of impressive and fabulous duty-free shops with French and Italian. Most of the hundreds of restaurants on the island can be found here and the French cuisine is at the level of the best restaurants in the world. The fish is the best, from the spiny lobster and tuna until the fish soup and salt cod fritters prepared with imported ingredients that arrive twice a year by the United States and France.

Each year, St. Barth hosts the Festival de Musique in January and February, which attracts major artists from all over the world and a film festival that takes place in April, which specializes in Caribbean cinema. It is a place that offers so many things to do, but a lot of visitors do little more than sleep, eat and play sports. The island has more than a dozen beaches. You can choose between the solitary Anse a Colombier, reachable on foot via a steep path or by boat, and the most easily accessible Baie de St. Jean. All beaches are public and free.

: The Aéroport de St. Jean is the only airport serving the island of St. Barth. The airport has a short runway that can not accommodate anything larger than a twenty-seater aircraft with short takeoff and landing.

There are direct flights from the UK, however, Air France and KLM operate flights with stopovers in Paris and arriving in Sint Maarten, where there are connecting flights arriving at the Gustave III Airport (SBH). You can arrange private charter flights from many other islands and there is a ferry service popular with Saint Martin / Sint Maarten.

CLIMATE: dry climate with average temperatures ranging from 22.2 to 30 ° C.

DINING: Restaurants available-French and Creole, as well as Asian and Italian.

LANGUAGE: French is the official language, but English is also widely spoken.

NIGHTLIFE: Entertainment available includes Wine Bar, Live jazz (in high season) and Nightclub.

SIGHTSEEING:
– The Musée Municipal de St. Barthelemy Gustavia exposes the island’s history through photographs, documents, costumes and antiques.
– Iner-oceans of Corossol Museum has a collection of 7,000 shells.
– Mountainous area of Vitet, with farms with fences and stone houses with tiled roofs.



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September 3, 2014
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