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St Barts offers the chance to rub sun-buffed elbows with the hippest of up-and-coming starlets as well as time-tested crowd favorites. Everyone from Mariah Carey to Brad Pitt has holed up in this glossy, posh sanctuary for a perfect-ten concoction of sand, sea and out-of-this-world shopping. Only the littlest of aircrafts can maneuver its uber-short runways, so it calls for some sit-back-and-relaxing during a sweepingly dramatic landing and rockin’ rolla ferry ride. Once you’ve gathered your sea legs, you’ll find yourself immersed in paradise - ruled by unrivaled divas and seeped in silver screen seven star service, St. Barts remains the picture-perfect honeymoon to beat.
the romance
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All along the island’s glitzed-out shores wafts an undeniable, sumptuous French-Creole flair, saturating the air with a song and dance of gastronome proportions. Seek out any of the burgeoning wine bars aglow with old country Parisian flush as jazz and vanilla rum schmooze and booze during the high season. Frolic with a picnic of cantaloupe brochette and iced rosé along the silky stretch of Anse des Cayes, or explore any of the other velvety shores, Flamands, Gouverneur, or St. Jean Beach, arm-in-arm for a bite of daydream-turned-reality. Retreat to a gingerbread cottage come evening where you can call on local masseuse-ical talents to ease your cares away down by the pool, or bed down with your sweetheart underneath the cathedral-esque ceilings of a daffodil-cream villa.
the scenery
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Blooming Gaiac and Poinciana trees shade cypress-crafted porches while local market-perusers veg out and load up on Guadeloupian fruits. Gloriously lush hillsides snuggle up to both stony-fenced farms and stunning resorts alike. The murmurs of French patois may be heard throughout the cozy streets of the capital, Gustavia, and along the lofty mountain range of Vitet. To fully explore the island’s tip-top topography, zip about with zest, thanks to the help of an adorable scooter, luxury SUV, or kitschy Mini-Moke.
the attractions
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History and accessories intertwine during a day-tripping session fueled by sangria criolla and credit card fever. The Musee Municipal de St. Barthelemy offers an archived array of photography, costume and antiques celebrating the island’s fervent French history, while the Galerie Asie houses a glorious collection of rare Tibetan and Japanese relics. No day is complete without a stop-over in the St. Jean shopping district, where bags upon bags jam-packed with duty-free designer duds feels nothing short of heaven.
the adventure
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Beginner babes will find Grand Cul-de-Sac a superb start for taking the plunge into aquatic thralldom – it just so happens to be an easy-peasy spot for snagging some serious windsurfing, kite-surfing, and sailing skills. Watch for the migratory magnificence of breaching whales and splashing dolphin pods as the infamously swiftly rippling currents carry them close within snapshot range. The engulfing Caribbean ocean teems with a surplus of flashy fish, coral, and conch, making the reefs of St. Barts a snorkeling excursion of a lifetime. If you’re ready to dry off and suit up, embark on a hike of Gros Islet or horseback ride over the café and banana lovin’ range of Les Saintes.
the secrets
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St. Barts Festival de Musique boasts world-class performances from first-rate international performers during the fab month of February while April offers the finest servings of Caribbean cinematic feats during its local film festival run. Treat yourself to an evening of glistening chamber music within the effervescent walls of a 19th century church, or enjoy a more intrinsic indulgence with a balneotherapy treatment that rivals some of the best in the world. After such serious pampering, hit up Grande Saline Beach for some empowering joie-de-vivre in the form of the oh-so socially kosher nude sunbathing.
before you go
What to Expect
Rainy Season: July through November are hot and humid months, with temperatures averaging around 25-30°C/77-86°F. While it may rain often, it will not rain much; the days will still be pleasant. September and October are part of Hurricane Season.
Dry Season: December through June are hot and sunny months, with temperatures averaging 25-30°C/77-86°F.
Light clothing and beachwear
The Lingo
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
Saffron-enriched bouillabaisse: a traditional French stew made with fish, vegetables and saffron
Avocado soup studded with crab meat
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