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St Barths

St Barths is a tiny and luxuriant Caribbean island famous for its beauty and wealthy visitors. Its full name is Saint-Barthélemy and it is an overseas dependency of France, from where the majority of the island's inhabitants originate. St Barths was also once a Swedish colony, a curious fact commemorated in the name of the capital, Gustavia. There are 23 beaches on the island, all magnificent and relatively secluded. Overall, St Barths is surprisingly undeveloped, preserving much of its small-town character and natural beauty. Celebrities flock here to enjoy to the seclusion afforded by the private villa-style accommodation, absence of mass tourism and top-quality restaurants. The period between Christmas and Easter is referred to as The Season and is when the majority of visitors come to enjoy St Barth's many distractions. Apart from its shopping, dining and reclining, there is wonderful diving, sport fishing and excellent wind-surfing. There is no crime whatsoever here, and people invariably great strangers and friends alike with a hearty "bonjour!"

Information & Facts

Customs

St Barths has a traditional French culture, and it is polite to greet with 'bonjour' in a shop or restaurant or when passing a stranger in an uncrowded environment, and likewise take leave with 'au revoir'. Men and women may kiss on both cheeks when greeting, starting with the right. While men may greet with a handshake, men and women shake hands in business environments only. It is considered rude to honk your horn when driving.

Duty Free

Visitors to St Barths may import reasonable quantities of items for personal use without incurring customs duty. permits are required for firearms and ammunition.

Passport Visa

It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

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