A celebrity and jet-setter favourite, a yacht lovers’ dreamscape, this oh-so-chic volcanic isle lies in the far north-eastern Caribbean, surrounded by impossibly turquoise seas.
FRANCOPHILES, ST. BARTHS BECKONS WITH ITS FASHION BOUTIQUES & PERFECT BAGUETTES PERFUMING THE AIR.
A celebrity and jet-setter favourite, a yacht lovers’ dreamscape, this oh-so-chic volcanic isle lies in the far north-eastern Caribbean, surrounded by impossibly turquoise seas. Distinguished from the rest of the West Indies by its French heartbeat, St. Barths proves that art d’vivre can have tropical undertones too. Here, amid palm trees, the sounds of spoken French add an elegant twist to barefoot pursuits.
A French municipality today, verdant St. Barths has changed hands many times over the years. And, though both Sweden and the Order of Malta have lorded over it in centuries past, the dominance of France has left the deepest—and most delicious—mark. French culture abounds. You’ll find it in the fashion boutiques, jewellery stores and galleries. You’ll smell it from the boulangerie where perfect baguettes perfume the air as they bake. You’ll notice it in the rakish tilt of the kepi hat, worn by the handsome gendarme. You’ll hear it in the cries from fishermen advertising their catch, “vente de poisson.”
© This article was first published in Feb-Mar 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.
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