We walked Flammond beach and on this Monday morning; had it mostly to ourselves. We liked the Baie des Anges Hotel and tried to find the path to Colombier Beach only to realize it continues up the road and not along the rocks on the beach. We could see people on the road rising over the mountain and it looked like quite a climb, but decided maybe another day as our time was limited. We also had a look inside Auberge de la Petite Anse and thought this a great budget option with beautiful views and amazing how they are built right into the cliffs.
Gustavia for shopping before lunch, even though I just about never do this on vacation, was fun for me but not for the DH. I could have spent several days here as the fashion and glamour on this island were eye-popping. Many of the French on this island look liked models, just stepping off the pages of Vogue. Thin, young and beautiful, both the men and the women, and it made me rethink the term "Ugly American" I had thought it mostly referred to attitude but after our time in St. Barth's I wasn't so sure. Certainly they take the time to dress well. I realized that many of the clothes that I admired walking down the street here, just would not fit into my current life. I still admired them in the stores however, in the same way you would admire good art.
I wondered where were the local people of St. Barths? I really hadn't come into contact with anyone who wasn't young and French. This is a stark difference from Anguilla where the genuine spirit of the people pervade the island. It felt like we were in Europe, just more palm trees.
We found Shell Beach just before lunch and were tempted by Do Brazil right on the beach but held off for Santa Fe. The water at Shell was lake-still on this day, I was fascinated by the wind chime like sound of the shells at the water's edge as they tossed back and forth with the gentle waves. Again, hardly anyone there and we hated to leave.
Santa Fe was everything, everyone on the boards said. Stunning views of Saba, Stacia, St. Kitts and Nevis. They make an excellent mojito here. The crisp tomato tart with mascarpone cheese, along with the tropical salad scallop were outstanding. We also had the best creme brulee of our lives and vowed to never order it again as we could only be disappointed after this masterpiece.
Spending another afternoon on St. Jean's Beach we walked it from end to end checking out the different resorts. For the Anguilla forum readers who do not know, the prop planes fly very low over this beach to and from Sint Maarten. The frequency is surprising and I found myself thinking how glad I was that we did not stay in some of these accommodations closer to the runway. I suppose if you live here you would become very good at tuning them out. But were very glad we chose to stay on St. Jean beach for our first trip. More good advice from the St. Barth's forum.
Driving to Maya's for dinner that night, we soaked the front wheels of our tires in the ocean before we realized we missed the turn. Loved the so light and very fresh herbed chicken and filet, and delicious coconut tart. Maya herself, was as charming as the setting and our last dinner in St. Barth's could not have been more perfect.
What a fabulous island! We are so glad we did this and I would highly recommend a similar trip to anyone on Anguilla looking for a change of pace. You really can not compare these two islands, Apart from being located in the Caribbean Sea there are very few similarities. Go for the contrast and a completely different experience. Go for the exquisite food and French culture. We could have easily spent more time here.
Yet after all this elegance, Anguilla still awaited us and we left St. Barths with both regret and a note of excitement and high anticipation.