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10 Reasons to Visit St. Barts
St. Barts is an exclusive holiday destination frequented by the rich and the famous. Here is a list of ten things that this island vacation hotspot has to offer.

1. St. Barts is one of the lesser known Caribbean island resorts and hence attracts a rather famous set of visitors and celebrities who seek it out for the privacy it offers. The atmosphere is luxurious and hedonistic, and is the vacation hotspot for the rich and the famous from all over the world.

2. Food and wine lovers will find a heaven on earth in St. Bart, where fabulous restaurants nestle in every nook and cranny on the island. Reservations are always appreciated, and during peak seasons, they are necessary. Some of the top restaurants on the island are the Francois Plantation, the Hideaway, La Langouste and so on.

3. St. Barts is unrivalled in the Caribbean for the kind of shopping experience it provides and visitors come here to purchase the latest fashions and designer outfits. Here, the high-end boutiques rub shoulders with island-made merchandise harmoniously. The Gustavia belt of shops is all about luxury whereas the St. Jean shops focuses on less glamorous clientele.

4. Deep sea fishing in the wide expanse of the blue ocean, along with surfing on the sea swells adds another dimension to beaches of the island. Windsurfing and other water sports make St. Barts an exciting destination all round.

5. With rejuvenation firmly the order of the day, major hotels have incorporated lush spas in their amenities. Isle de France and the Guanahani even allow non-guests to partake of these delights, whenever free.

6. St. Barts is also visited for its history. The famous explorer, Christopher Columbus, once visited the isle in 1493. It was also a French colonial site and bears testimony to this in its architecture.

7. St. Barts boasts of 14 glistening white sand beaches, quite a few for a small island. Keeping in line with the exclusive theme of the beach resort, they are rarely crowded and offer luxurious sunbathing. There are also beaches designed for entertainment, with water sports; the Grand Cul de Sac and St. Jean are two that fit the bill.

8. Gorgeous sunny weather pervades the atmosphere in St. Barts and light tropical showers periodically give respite from the sun's rays making for a great holiday vacation spot.

9. French wine and Cuban cigars are available in abundance on the island. French wine is available widely, and is being retailed by one of the island's most famous French chefs, Bernard Javelle. The best tobacconists on the island are Le Comptoir de Cigar et Panamas located on Gustavia.

10. Hotel accommodation is fairly expensive in St. Barts, and for a lower price it is possible to book expansive villas. Bookings are essential, and it is better to plan a two-week trip as no accommodation can be booked for a smaller time frame.
About the Author
Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing St.Barts holiday accommodation and Paris holiday apartments.
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