We're thinking of going to St Bart with 2 children, 9 years and almost 2 years old. I've read old postings about going to St Barts with children and we're a bit hesitant whether we can make it. Every advice is welcome!
The point is that we're Swedes and my husband is a historian who'd very much would like to see Sweden's last colony and would need it for his research, so we can't pick another island and next year we'll have another child so we have to go this year (in the beginning of november) or not at all, or in a very far future! we've never been to the carribean, but we've been to USA many times (I know it's not the same).
You who have been to St Bart, do you think we can make it, as long as we can afford the tickets and a villa/hotel?
About food: I read that the restaurants are very upscale and we normally avoid restaurants with our children anyway. Are there any fast food places or take away food? Is room service extremely expensive? Are there any food stores where we can buy bread and stuff and make our own meals?
We wouldn't stay very long, just enough time to see the historic sites and memories from the past and relax a couple of days, ie less than a week.
How bad is the flight really? the ferry is out of the question! Will a 21 months old child manage? Is it so bumpy that I might have trouble holding her or does she risk bumping in to other things hurting herself? Have there been accidents or is it a safe ride?
We've just been on a long trip to the US and she managed very good then, but that was not in the carribean.
Do we need to rent a car? We'd prefer not to since we've read about winding roads and until now there has often been problems when we picked up our rental cars, like pre reserved child seats not being available and lots of other mess. Will we be ok to take a taxi between airport, hotel and the sights? Most of them are in Gustavia, should we stay at a hotel in Gustavia or could we just as well take a taxi from nearby "Jean" (I don't remember the name properly). If we depend on availability of food stores should we then stay in Gustavia only or are there stores in the small villages?
This might seem stupid questions from someone who have zero experience form the Carribean, but I'd be very grateful for all advice I can get! It'd be fantastic to see the remains of our old colony, a once in a lifetime trip!