Does St. Barths really have an "Attitude"?

Oct 22nd, 2003, 07:29 PM
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Jamie, go to St. Barths. Now! My husband and I spent the most fabulous 12 days there. We rented a villa. The food is to die for--all over the island. Just when we thought we'd had the most fabulous french cuisine ever, the following night would eclipse that night. The meal we had at Francois Plantation sticks out in my mind as being truly a work of art and particularly wonderful. The locals were very nice to us. You get what you give! My only regret was going diving. Where we went the visibility was very poor. But we made up for it by going deep-sea fishing and catching a lot of Wahoo. We loved the french culture. Yes, everything was over-the-top expensive, but I treasure all our memories. Can't wait to go back when our kids are older--and can appreciate "good" food!
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 10:25 PM
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LJB posted "...I felt a bit out of place surrounded by lithe french women in their little black dresses and tiny sandals."

that has got to be the most BRILLIANT statement i have EVER read!!!!!

theirz not enuf space for me to share my thoughts on your utterly insightful comment and risk deletion from big bro.

suffice it to say, your comments would have many readers desiring to visit St Barths rather than possibly deterring them, which was your intent.

lastly LJB, as a bit of travel advice for you, i recommend you also avoid locales like South Beach, Rio, Nice or wherever slender girls may flock to.

au revoir!!! >)
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Oct 23rd, 2003, 09:06 AM
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My quote was directly from YOUR post and certainly seemed awfully anti-french to me:
"The downside, however, is the strong French influence. The caricature of the snooty, borderline-rude shop clerk and food server is alive and well on St Barth's."
How would YOU feel ( I am assuming you are American) if a poster said: "The downside of xxxx is the American influence." I imagine you would consider that a pretty anti-American statement that displays an anti-american attitude. So if you do not want people taking you to task for rude statements - do not make them in the first place.
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Oct 23rd, 2003, 12:23 PM
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The ONLY downside of St.Barts (to me )is - it's expensive ! otherwise I think it's a top rated island. French influence is a plus !( food+wine* ,certainly don't mind the little black dresses or the sexy beaches!).Go and enjoy !
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Oct 24th, 2003, 11:45 AM
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Hi, let me interject, we have been to st Barts 7 times, my wife wears the little dresses as do the FRENCH women, she does the beach topless as the FRENCH women, wears short skirts as do the FRENCH women, I myself look like an out of place biker, over the years we have made many friends, some we have even gone to France to visit, every year we return people recognize us in the supermarket and shops from year to year and we are given a big smile and Bon Jour and even hugs and kisses from some. Yes we go in the summer when its quieter but there are also many French vacationing there at this time and we have never ever experienced a problem or attitude with anyone since the day we stepped foot on this paradise!My wife is a good old Bronx girl (by way of Italy) and I am a good old Jersey boy and our visits have been superb!
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Oct 27th, 2003, 04:58 PM
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My wife and I spent a week in St Barths in May '03. We did not see any more rude people there than in Atlanta, New York or Los Angeles. The food was great and was in any price range you could choose. This is one of the most beautiful islands in the Carribean; remote,romantic and yes French. A bonjour was almost always a good beginning.
ps How could anyone say Jimmy Buffet is pretentious? Yes, it is one of his favorite hangouts!
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Oct 29th, 2003, 03:20 PM
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N4 I liked your assessment better than all.

Please tell me if it is a good island for a family with 2 children under 10. Do you see families and are there restaurants geared to for them.
I am sure St. Barths is not for everyone just like Haiti might not be.
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Oct 29th, 2003, 04:33 PM
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If your children are content to "play on the beach" they will be fine. You will not find anything that resembles an amusement park, not even an arcade. The restaurants are not geared toward children and even the hamburgers can be expensive. There are several deli's where you can get good food at more reasonable prices. As mentioned the island is very french and topless sunbathing is the norm, but not to say everyone is topless. Also there are two remote beaches (Gouvernors and Saline) where nude sunbathing is allowed.
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Oct 29th, 2003, 05:30 PM
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Three beaches are great for kids: St. Jean, Flamands and Lorient. On all of these you'll see European and US families. The beaches here are not commercial just sand and beautiful turquosie (French say "tur-qwaze") ocean. Have the kids listen to a French tape and learn to count to 10 and some other words as well, so they can help you order in the Bakery for example. It's fun, the locals appreciate your effors-- and kids love it.
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