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January 2005 Trip

 

In January 2005, my husband Mike and I made our first visit to St. Barths.  We were on a 10-day cruise and St. Barths was our second port.  The morning started out cloudy and a little rainy, but the weather started to clear up in the afternoon.  We decided not to book a tour through the cruise line, instead opting to rent a car and explore on our own.  We stopped in the village of Corossol, and eventually made our way to Anse de Public, Gouverneur, St. Jean and Lorient beaches.  We did some window shopping in Lorient and headed to Gustavia for lunch at La Route des Boucaniers, a French/Creole restaurant located on the harbor.  We enjoyed grilled cheese sandwiches made with Gruyere cheese and watched boatmen and passersby.  Since it was January, the high season for St. Barths, the harbor was filled with yachts.  After lunch we walked to Shell Beach, the only beach in Gustavia.  Since this was within walking distance of the ship port, it was fairly crowded.  Eventually and reluctantly, we returned the car and boarded our ship to head to the next port.  We decided we would certainly come back to St. Barths!

 

Anse de public

This small beach was very close to the drop-off point for our rental car.  We spent about an hour here, relaxing in the sand and swimming.

 

St. Barths Airport

This is the legendary St. Barths airport.  You can see the runway goes right onto the beach; no barrier, nothing!

 

Gustavia

This is a picture of the many yachts lined up at the busy harbor.

 

Les Route des Boucaniers

This is the “mascot” of the restaurant.  He sits out front at one of the tables, watching the harbor and keeping diners company.

 

The Anchor

This is a large anchor in Gustavia.  It is often used as a meeting place or reference point.

 

Eden Rock Hotel

Eden Rock was the first hotel on the island and is one of the nicest.  It sits on a ledge between St. Jean and Baie de St. Jean.  This is Mike standing with it in the background.

 

Shell Beach

This is Shell Beach, the only beach in Gustavia.  It was actually quite crowded, though you can’t tell in this picture!