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St Barts for the day

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St Barts for the day

Has anyone ventured to St Barts for th day. If so, was the trip worthwhile and how did you go? Wouls love to visit as we have only come to AXA overthe last 20 years.

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While vacationing in St. Martin we took two daytrips, one to St. Barths on a catamaran and the other to Anguilla. On St. Barths we took a tour of the island, enjoyed one of the beaches for a few hours, had lunch and did some souvenir T-shirt shopping. Although we enjoyed the entire day it didn't seem to have the "magnet" that would draw us back - - it's not our style. A few days later we took the daytrip to Anguilla and it's been our destination ever since.

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Remember that for a day trip to St Barths from Anguilla you first have to go to St Maarten (unless you fly direct). Makes for a long day...

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Boat trip there is enough to turn you green. Its a LONG, potentially rough trip and once you get there all you can think about is that you have to make the same trip back. Uuughghgh. Relax and enjoy AXA. Go directly to St. Barths on another trip. It is a beautiful island but has a much different atmosphere than Anguilla. Very French so brush up on your bilingual skills. It will help. We prefer Anguilla by a mile.

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4. Re: St Barts for the day

There's a flight in the morning that will get you there in ten minutes. $200, plus a $10 fuel charge. Back the next morning. Another $210.

Otherwise, it's a ferry to Marigot, then another ferry to St. Bart's. Alternatively, you could fly once on St. Maarten from the Lesperance airport.

Kind of a long day without an overnight or flying.

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This has been posted before, but I believe it to be the funniest piece of travel writing I have ever read!

Dave Barry spends Christmas with naked French people on St. Barts

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www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/16399767.htm

If you can tip $17,000, this is the island for you

BY DAVE BARRY

If you're looking to visit a Caribbean island that you cannot possibly

afford, I highly recommend St. Barth�lemy.

St. Barth�lemy -- more commonly called ''St. Barts,'' or ''St.

Barth,'' or ''The Land of Naked French People'' -- is a tiny exclusive

island located in the Caribbean island chain known as the Lesser

Antilles, which also includes Anguilla, Antigua, Begonia, Barbuda,

Saba, Simba, Bomba, Rhumba, Gazebo, Madagascar, St. Kitts and the Dave

Clark Five. (I may be making some of these islands up; there is no way

to know for sure.)

St. Barts is known as a playground for wealthy billionaire jet-set

celebrities, who go there to relax with other billionaire celebrities

in a relaxing billionaire-celebrity environment. For example,

according to a guidebook that my wife read, Brad Pitt sunbathes naked

there. I am not saying this is the only reason we went there, but I am

saying that, from the moment she read this fact, my wife seemed more

interested in St. Barts than any of the other Antilles.

We went to St. Barts for Christmas week, along with my wife's cousin's

family. Except for the mass vomiting (more on this later), we had a

wonderful time. If you decide to go, here is some useful information:

HOW TO GET TO ST. BARTS

It turns out that you cannot, in fact, get to St. Barts. That is one

of the qualities that make it exclusive. The closest you can get is

St. Maarten, which is another Antilles altogether. We flew there from

Miami, and we were supposed to then fly to St. Barts on a small St.

Maarten-based ''airline.'' I put ''airline'' in quotation marks,

because it did not turn out to be the traditional kind of airline in

the sense of having actual working airplanes that could lift you off

the ground and fly you to another island. It was more the kind of

airline where they truly, sincerely would have LIKED to have a working

airplane for you. We found this out when we got to the ''airline''

counter, where we spoke with a nice lady who communicated primarily by

sighing.

US: Hello. We have tickets on the flight to St. Barts.

NICE LADY: St. Barts. (Sigh.)

US: So where should we go to get our plane?

NICE LADY: (Sigh.)

Eventually the nice lady was able to communicate to us, by sighing in

certain patterns, that there would be no flight to St. Barts for us,

or for any of the dozens of other people who also had purchased

tickets from this ''airline.'' So we all ran outside and jumped into

taxis and raced to catch the last ferry to St. Barts. The good news

was, we made the ferry. The bad news was, we made the ferry.

Here is a very important tip about taking the ferry from St. Maarten

to St. Barts: Before you get on board -- say, 10 minutes before, just

to be sure -- kill yourself. Trust me, this is better. You know those

carnival midway rides that spin you violently around and upside down

so that when you get off you are retching like a dog that ate a

diseased squirrel? Well, those rides are like sitting on a

Barca-Lounger compared to riding the ferry to St. Barts. EVERYBODY was

throwing up. SEAGULLS were throwing up. At one point I was holding my

daughter, who was throwing up, and I looked over at my wife, who was

also throwing up, and my wife shot me this look that said: ``This had

better be one amazing island that we are going to, Mr. Trip Planner.

This island had better be Bali Freaking Hai, or for the rest of your

life you will sleep on a futon.''

Fortunately the ferry ride lasted only an hour and 15 minutes -- or,

translated into Seasickness Time, eight years. Finally, we arrived in

Gustavia, the port city -- basically, the only city -- of St. Barts.

WHAT ST. BARTS IS LIKE

It is fabulous. Seriously. The views are fabulous, the beaches are

fabulous, the food is fabulous, the shopping is fabulous. Many of the

people are fabulous, although to my wife's bitter disappointment we

did not once see Brad Pitt sunbathing naked.

This is not to say that we did not see naked people. St. Barts is very

French.

Q. How French is it?

A. It is so French that one of the restaurants was advertising that it

had ``TV for Super Ball.''

The thing about French people is, they get naked on the beach.

Sometimes they get only halfway naked, and sometimes they get all the

way naked. But pretty much every beach we went to, there were people,

especially women, exhibiting some form of nakedness. Often they would

be in family groups; sometimes you would see clots of them standing

around chatting in French about whatever it is you talk about in that

situation.

FIRST FRENCH PERSON: As you can see, I am making the flagrant display

of my privates.

SECOND FRENCH PERSON: I, too, am as naked as the bird of the jay.

THIRD FRENCH PERSON: Whom are you liking to win the Super Ball?

We, being repressed uptight middle-class straitlaced bourgeoisie

Americans with children and body fat, did not get naked on the beach.

But if we had stayed much longer, we probably would have, because we

would have had to sell our clothes to afford to eat. This brings us to

our next travel tip:

BUDGETING FOR ST. BARTS

You should budget $17,000. I don't mean $17,000 total; I mean $17,000

for each individual item, as follows:

? Travel: $17,000

? Lodging: $17,000

? Lunch for four: $17,000

? Sunscreen: $17,000

And so on. Of course these are just guidelines; all of these prices

have gone up considerably since you started reading this sentence.

TIPPING

St. Barts uses the European system of tipping, under which Americans

are expected to tip on behalf of all other nationalities. The

restaurant bill includes an extra 15 percent for something called

''service,'' which is similar to a tip, but not exactly the same. So

you, as an American, are expected to leave something in addition to

the ''service,'' even though it is never clear that anybody else is

doing this. The recommended amount is $17,000.

GETTING AROUND ST. BARTS

The only way to get around St. Barts is to rent a small battered

Japanese car ($17,000) and grip the wheel in terror as you drive up

and down frighteningly steep hills next to vertical cliffs on bad

roads approximately the width of Julia Roberts with insane French

drivers coming the opposite direction going 500 kilometers per

centimeter. It's actually kind of fun, once you realize that, if you

are killed, there is no way you will have to take the ferry back to

St. Maarten.

THINGS TO DO IN ST. BARTS BESIDES EAT, SHOP AND SURREPTITIOUSLY LOOK

AT NAKED FRENCH PEOPLE ON THE BEACH

You can go to the airport and watch planes attempt to land. The

airport runway on St. Barts was apparently built hastily in a single

very dark night by workers who did not notice that they left a large

hill smack dab in the middle of the incoming flight path. I swear I am

not making this hill up. A pilot wishing to land has to skim very low

over the top of the hill, barely missing it, then immediately put the

plane into a terrifyingly steep dive to get down to the runway, then

slam on the brakes, because the runway is very short and ends on the

beach, so if the plane doesn't stop in time, it will plow through the

thin protective barrier of naked French people and plunge into the

ocean. It's very exciting to watch planes land. Tourists gather at the

airport to take pictures and give thanks to God that they, personally,

are not on the planes. After we saw the airport, we began to

understand why our ''airline'' would not fly us over. The pilot

probably said, ``You want me to land on ST. BARTS? Are you out of your

MIND??''

We flew out of this airport, having located a local St. Barts airline

that had actual, physical airplanes. The takeoffs are not nearly as

scary as the landings, and we had a spectacular view of the islands

and the sparkling blue Caribbean as we made the 15-minute flight back

to St. Maarten, following the trail of vomit left by the ferry. We all

agreed that it had been a great trip, and that we will definitely

return to this magical island, if we can figure out how to do it

without using either a plane or a boat. Also we are going to need a

lot of money, so if you enjoyed this travel guide, please note that

service is not included.

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6. Re: St Barts for the day

We were there for three days in November and then on to Anguilla. Having done it, I glad we did and I don't think going for a day would have given us much of a feel for the island. It was fun to eat in different restaurants and soak up the French vibe but I do feel a day trip would have been too rushed. Three days was perfect.

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I have done a daytrip to St. Barth's twice and really enjoyed it. It was expensive, but I was curious the first time and visited family the second time. I had no seasickness or inconvenience making the crossing by boat. I went directly from Sandy Ground on one of Gotcha's sunseekers, which makes for a smooth ride. Once I arrived, I took a taxi tour (the second time the in-laws took me around), had lunch at Eden Rock and someplace else on the beach the second time, shopped a little in Gustavia, and then came back to Anguilla.

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Agree with Daffy that it's really not a day-trip kind of place. Gorgeous island, with a couple of beautiful, rugged beaches great for body surfing and a couple of calm beaches good for swimming. The French charm is, well, charming, but the Swedish influence in architecture is quite interesting too.

You can have a few lovely days there without spending a fortune, if you know where to stay and where and how to eat. But I can see how just being there for a day and staying around Gustavia or St. Jean would give one the impression that it's a totally over-the-top, jet setter island.

For us, it's always a tie between Anguilla and St. Barts.

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Thanks for rveryones tips///I think we will do a trip there instead seperate from AXA.

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Depending on air times (and expense), it's actually a pretty doable day trip by air. We flew from AXA, rented a mini-moke at the airport, circled the island, swimming at two beaches, with lunch in Gustavia in between, and headed back to Anguilla. It was a fun 7 or 8 hours on the island. A day trip obviously doesn't match a longer stay, but it can give you a chance to get a feel for the island, its' different areas and perhaps a chance to look at a few rental properties before a longer stay. We also took a cat over from St. Martin, and I think I was one of the few who wasn't sea-sick. As someone mentioned, the waters can be a bit rough for the crossing.

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