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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to the French Islands

Essential Information US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving. FRENCH …

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How to Get to St. Barts

Airports and airlines: St. Barts airport (SBH) is known for its dramatic hilltop approach. Regular stream of small planes buzzing in from St. Maarten, St Martin and Anguilla. Cruise ports: Gustavia. Ships tender ashore. Mainly on the radar of luxury cruise lines such as Seabourn and Oceania. Yachting: Gustavia Harbour hosts numerous yachts and is the de facto capital of …

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How to Get Around St. Barts

Taxis congregate around the airport and port in Gustavia. The best option is a rental or scooter, located at the airport, or delivered straight to your hotel. Be warned that there are only two gas stations on the island, and both are closed on Sunday. If St. Barts had a public bus system, it would require tinted windows and payment …

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Where to Stay in St. Barts

Overview This tiny French island is the place to go for exclusive, luxury accommodation and dining. St. Jean and Cul de Sac are some of the prettiest spots but the island is so small that it’s hard to pick out a single highlight. Deals Not so much. Highlights Eden Rock on St. Jean and the Hotel Guanahani at Grand Cul …

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What to Eat & Drink in the French Islands

At the top end, Caribbean dining stands toe to toe with anything on offer in major North American or European cities, not least because a trail of renowned chefs have made their way to the Caribbean to take charge of restaurants in the luxury resorts. The real joy, however, is discovering those unannounced roadside stalls and beach bars where the …

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