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Getting to and enjoying for a solo....

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Getting to and enjoying for a solo....

Hey there,

So I am thinking of going to St. Barths for 10 days in May. Been to Barbados and Aruba twice in the last year and now want to see the French take on the Islands.

I will be traveling solo and really just want to relax, drink, and do some sun worshiping. So this sounded like a perfect fit.

Does anyone have some tips for traveling solo? Places to go and things of that nature. I do have a palate for wine, so any recommendations in that direction will be helpful.

Thank You

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1. Re: Getting to and enjoying for a solo....

There is lots of great info on this forum if you go back through the posts. For a solo traveler who has never been to the island before I would recommend staying in either Gustavia or St Jean. Plenty to do in both areas including shopping and restaurants. You should definitely rent a car to see the many beaches. This is not like Aruba or Barbados where people primarily visit the beach at their hotel.

If you are interested in nature, there are some great hikes including to Colombier Beach and the Natural Pools. Being a solo travel, you might want to hire a guide. Look into Easy Time, a company that specialized in natural preservation: http://www.stbartheasytime.com/en

You might also be interested in the Shell Museum in Corossol. No website for this place, just one person's lifelong collection. If you go wear bug spray.

Lots of great places if you love wine and food as this is the dining capital of the Caribbean. There are over 80 restaurants on the island. Give us some more details on food types and budget and we can make recommendations.

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There are lot's of small wine shops in Saint Barth. With very nice selection.

Of note is Absolutely Wine le bistroy, a wine shop in Saint Jean that also operates a very nice wine bar.

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First and foremost: If you have been to Aruba and Barbados, St Barth is nothing like either of those places. There are no big resorts, no casinos, no golf courses, and not much in the way of "classic" Carib/Creole cultures and flavors. It's very French/European--think Cote d'Azur. If you want to relax, St Barth is the place to do it. You can make new friends or be left completely alone--both visitors and St Barth People really respect your space, but are quite happy to chat you up if that's your wish.

It's very small, and you can drive from one end to the other in about 1/2 hour. There are a lot of really nice, challenging hikes, the best one being the hike down to Colombier beach.

As for food and wine, you will be looking at everything from a burger and a beer to foie gras and burgundy, but if you want plantains and conch fritters, they are there, but not predominant. If you've a palate for wine, then you can visit the wine specialty shops, or you can find amazing "we never get this in the US and oh my god look at the price" bottles and vintages in the local grocery.

As for places to stay, there is everything from uber-luxe to relaxed and inexpensive.....you could also rent a villa, but the fun thing about a hotel is the chance to interact with the staff and other guests if you feel like it. There are two types of "hotel" lodging--classic rooms like the Isle de France or Carl Gustaf, or "cottages" like Au Coeur Caraibe and Salines Gardens.

Have a great time!

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4. Re: Getting to and enjoying for a solo....

Thank you all, for all your recommendations. I will be staying close to Colombier so that will probably be my beach I will be frequenting. Although after reading through some other posts, I will have to venture and visit the other sand and surf around the island.

My budget does not include yacht slip fees or infinity pools, but I do plan to have a few nice dinners where the budget is not much of a concern. Thanks for the wine bar info mmmmppppp. For the other nights, I would like to taste more of the local faire. Any recommendations for a can't miss dinner?

Also, does anyone know what the current hot spot for nightlife is? I know St Barths is not a party island, but there has to be one or two places that are the in spot now. Thank you again TA......

MK

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Dinner-reasonable in Gustavia either Eddy's and The Wall House-special treat plasces without breaking the bank.

Night clubs are in Gustavia are Yacht Club and Casa Nikki, but I would head to BAZ on the harbour for sushi and live music-a great place to hang out.

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6. Re: Getting to and enjoying for a solo....

We love Eddy's and the Wall House. Also consider Harbours and Le Repaire in Gustavia or Santa Fe in Lurin (just above Gustavia.)

Another selection for local fare with good prices is Le Creperie (also in Gustavia.) They have a nice menu and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you are staying in Colombier you will also be convenient to Flamands beach. I would also say St Jean is a "don't miss." Both Flamands and St Jean will have some dining options and more people watching. In May you may be the only person on Colombier.

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7. Re: Getting to and enjoying for a solo....

First and foremost, you *do not* need the money for a yacht slip or infinity pool! The only time you need that kind of cash is during high season, and then you don't want to be there because it's too crowded. Yes, you can definitely drop a serious amount of cash if you want to, but there are plenty of other options so as to avoid that!

As you are staying in Colombier, you should keep in mind that to get to the beach at Colombier requires about 1/2 hour hike down (and back up) a goat path. It's a good hike, so if you enjoy hiking and are reasonably fit, then you might like it. Colombier is a beautiful beach and worth it, but definitely be aware of that. You will also be convenient to Flamands beach, which is beautiful and accessible by car.

For food in that area, I recommend Les Bananiers for pizza as a good affordable option that will be close to you. It's on the Route de Colombier, before the Flamand turnoff.

For more resto options, I really recommend the Access St Barth website, here: access-stbarth.com/en/restaurants-st-barts.h…

Enjoy!

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