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single solo travel -mustique vs st barts

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single solo travel -mustique vs st barts

Hello,

I was looking into travelling as a single female for R&R at the end of the month for 5 or 6 days. After reading about St Barths and learning how extremely safe the island is as well the accessibilty from St Marten via a boat rather than having to bear puddle jumper plane, I decided to go that route. I am travelling alone and are on the young side, and basically looking for relaxtion, a beautiful beach and somewhere that I can get away without renting a car. Since I am not finding so much availability in terms of accomodations in St Barts (could anyone suggest a place where a young single girl will not feel awkard staying alone?) decided to take a look at Mustique on tripadvisor. Also I will be there right before the high season, around Thanksgiving, and I am now getting a feeling that ST Barths may not be exactly what I am looking for if everyone will be in a somewhat glitzy, party mode? Do not mind having a few drinks in the evening, but do not want to feel awkard or stand out being alone which can happen in certain atmostpheres!!

In regards to Mustique, after looking at it from pictures, thought it more resembled what I was looking for - especially the cotton house. Thought the beaches appeared beautiful and looked unhibited. If I would head to mustique, would I defiinetly need a car? Would I be ok alone, a young female? And and most importantly, the Cotton House which I would LOVE to stay is asking 4 figures a night, which I just can't do-Is there any other type of accomodations that would suite me or am I just stuck?? Oh and lastly, if I do head to Mustique from NY, looks like I must ultimately step foot in a puddle jumper; small plane holding very few people which is really not my forte, plus I will be in sheer terror during the ride...unless there is a boat you can take that is not too expensive??

Thanks so much everyone!!

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1. Re: single solo travel -mustique vs st barts

Mustique is a very small island. There are very few hotel rooms (Cotton House and Fire Fly are the two main places) everything else is private villas.

You can't rent a car on the island but you can rent small minimizes (think slightly bigger than a motorized golf cart). FYI - you can walk from one end of the island to the other in under 15 minutes - did I say it's a VERY SMALL island.

There is nothing to do on Mustique except sit on the beach, read a good book and have a drink at Basil's Bar. Also, you can only get there by small plane.

You'll probably be much better off on St. Bart's unless you want to truly "get away from it all".

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2. Re: single solo travel -mustique vs st barts

You should have no fear going to Saint Barth. It is a very quiet island and will definitely meet your expectations. The only time of the year that gets somewhat busy and "sceny" is new year's, but even that is still quiet by most places standards.

If you rent one of the cheap rooms at Guanahani, Isle de France, Eden Rock, Sereno, Emeraude Plage, Le Toiny, you will be very happy. There are cheaper options as well, look into les islets de la plage, les ondines de la plage, village saint jean, les mouettes, etc....

The only challenge is that you will want to get around a bit also and for that you will want a rental car. Although all the places above will be fine to hang out.

You will love Saint Barth

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3. Re: single solo travel -mustique vs st barts

Thank you very much for your reply as it was quite helpful. I was either going to book Eden Rock or Islets de la Plage and have decided to go with the latter since I believe it will be more of the peace and quiet I am seeking. After looking at Eden Rock, I was thinking that it will be more crowded than I wish (aiming to arrive in St Barts early next week) when I really would rather not be sitting on the beach with a crowd in front of the hotel. I was getting the vibe that Eden Rock may be a secence even though it is shoulder seasonf but my only drawback is that with Islets de la Plague seems like I will definetly need a car while with Eden Rock, I prob can get by without one since I am spending about 5 nights on the island. Do you know if my assumptions are correct?

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4. Re: single solo travel -mustique vs st barts

Yes, assumptions are correct. Les Islets is quite far from any restaurant, and does not have one of it's own. You can walk on the beach but that is harder in the evening depending on what you wear.

I would not describe Eden Rock as crowded. (Nothing like let's say Sandals). It would be relaxing also. The beach is large, and hotel only has 30 rooms.

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5. Re: single solo travel -mustique vs st barts

No comparison!!! Eden Rock ROCKS!!!!

Seriously-no comparison!!!

Eden Rock is not Sandals-not a resort hotel like you are thinking. Just a very special spot-wouldn't pass up a chance to stay here!

And yes, you can walk to shops etc from here. I would rent a car one day and drive around the island.

Also, if you dine in Gustavia in the evening, reserve the cab for both ways. There is no flag down service and most cabbies are older and don't work past 6pm.

You will love St. Barth's!

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6. Re: single solo travel -mustique vs st barts

Yes definitely do Eden Rock if you can afford it. It may be the trip of a lifetime... Incredibly relaxing. Les Islets is nice but much more generic.

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