The pace in St. Barths is considerably slower than my native Los Angeles. The first was to take things slow. Start heading out to a restaurant about an hour before you think you will be hungry because the French on this island take leisurely lunches. And you must ask for the bill. It is considered rude for your waiter to approach you with it. Tipping is not expected, but appreciated. Always pay with a credit card; you get the best exchange rate and request the charges to be in francs, and your credit card company will do the rest.
Beaches are topless and/or totally nude. It is best to purchase a phone card for the best rates and because most of the phones are card only, not coin. Once you arrive, you can also rent a local cell phone. There is no fresh water on St. Barths; only desalinized, so bottled water is a must. sailing away The hotel, which I like to call Holiday Inn on Grand Cul De Sac Beach, was clean, yet nothing fancy. St. Barths Beach Hotel lies on one of the best beaches in St. Barths and is popular for windsurfing. It is surprising to think that only eight miles square, the island has twenty beautiful beaches with something for everyone: yachting, jetskiing, snorkeling and surfing. My favorite beach was Grand Saline, on the south shore or Caribbean side of the island. Its swimming pool’s blue waters, rolling waves and beautiful scenery.
Did I mention the yachts? Gustavia Harbor is quite a spectacle, with yachts that come in to dock from all over the world. Paul Allen’s yacht was there with its helicopter and landing pad on the top back part of the boat. Even Sean Puffy Combs (no, J.Lo was not there) held a New Year’s Eve Party on his chartered $80,000-dollar a day yacht. Estee Lauder’s family yacht was next to the one that Martha Stewart was on, and the list went on and on. Truly a site for sore eyes and the dreamers.
There were celebrity sightings everywhere. Julianne Moore, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Ellen Barkin, and celebrities rumored to be in town (including Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt) were all about, eating and shopping in the boutiques in Gustavia. Gustavia has some of the best shopping in the world. Hermes, Armani, Cartier, La Perla, Prada, and much more.
via St. Barths – AskMen.