Caribbean beach St. Barths (iStockphoto)

Gustavia Harbor, St. Barths , French West Indies (Comstock)

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What to do in St. Barths

"Discovered," like most Caribbean islands, by Christopher Columbus, St. Barths was named after his brother, Bartolomeo. But it wasn’t until after a playground-style tug-of-war left the island in French hands that development began. Clued in to the island’s sketch-worthy panorama, American billionaire David Rockefeller bought up land in the 50s for a private home, and St. Barths’s exclusivity and prestige skyrocketed. Next came Jimmy Buffet, and then Jay Z and Beyonce, and then not many else who don’t own a yacht. If you do sneak in by pedestrian means, such as a ferry, you’ll find a swanky town free of day-trippers and tacky tourists. Though there has been a measurable amount of growth due to the general public’s celebrity intrigue, locals have managed to retain the chic vibe of the place and pristine beaches as the main attractions.

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TONYM rates St. Barths
The most relaxing place on the planet. the food is amazing, one resturant is better than the next and that one was awesome. Do Andys Hideaway for the best pizza in the world and don't skip the vanilla rum! not for the faint of wallet during the high season but after April 16th villas can be rented reasonably. Point Mileu has the best sunsets and Saline the biggest mosquitos. driving after dark is best left to the locals so rent a villa near a hotel for dinner if you don't cook. flying in is the only way to earn your lavion stripes so unless the airport is closed skip the ferry you won't be dissapointed, infact you might get to sit in the co-pilots seat! once you go, vacationing elsewhere will just not be the same!
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