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A personal anecdote may help to explain what makes St. Barths people so special. On a trip to the island many Decembers ago, my wife had the misfortune of breaking her collarbone in very rough surf at Saline Beach. (Depending upon the time of year, the waves at Saline are normally quite manageable and at times even nonexistent but December is the tail end of the Hurricane season and can produce some sporty conditions on the windward side of the island. Go to Lorient Beach any time of year if you prefer calm waters). We somehow managed the long hike back to our jeep (my back had conveniently chosen this opportunity to go out of whack as well) and returned to our hotel, Francois Plantation, not knowing what to do. We first called the U.S. thinking that we would have to immediately make arrangements to fly home for treatment. Our doctors informed us that there was nothing complicated about dealing with broken collarbones and recommended that we see a doctor on the island. The hotel couldnít have been more helpful and called ahead to make arrangements in the emergency room of the local hospital. When we arrived, we were taken immediately into a spotless examination room where x-rays confirmed what we both already knew. 
The doctor carefully set my wifeí collarbone in a harness and sling of some sort and politely asked if we would mind stopping by the local pharmacy before we left the island to pick up a replacement harness as it was his last one. He wrote out a prescription for pain killers and then presented us with our bill which we thought was for $300 (which we would gladly have paid) but turned out to be only for 300 francs. He and his assistant were highly amused that we would ever think that an emergency room visit with x-rays could cost anywhere near $300.
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When we returned to our hotel, dinner was waiting in our room. Before we left the island, the hotel gave us an excellent bottle of wine from their cellar to compensate for the fact that we had to miss a sailing trip which was part of the package for the week. .
Wherever we ate out from that point forward, the waitstaff at various restaurants were extremely solicitous about my wife's condition giving her the best chair or retrieving pillows to place behind her shoulders to make her feel comfortable. At Le Tamarin (the old Le Tamarin before the fashion shows arrived), one of the waitresses brought a rotating magnet to our table after lunch and spun it all around my wife's shoulders to make the pain go away. Thanks to such acts of compassion and hospitality (augmented no doubt by a bottle of wine at lunch and dinner and rhum punch at sunset to say nothing of the superlative French drugs), our vacation was saved, and our love affair with St. Barths began
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LODGING
The hotels of St. Barth tend towards the small and elegant. No high rises here; most hotels have only 20 or 30 rooms. The top properties are Le Toiny, Isle de France (IDF), Eden Rock, Guanahani, Carl Gustav, Le Sereno, Le Christopher (now temporarily closed), and Francois Plantation. These are expensive in high season but can be relative bargains in late spring, summer, and fall. (Be aware that St. Barthís is in the hurricane belt and plan accordingly.) These hotels have very different personalities and characteristics, so research thoroughly before making your selection. For example, IDF, Eden Rock, Guanahani, and Le Sereno are all on a beach; Carl Gustav is in Gustavia (an easy stroll to restaurants in town for dinner, and there's a beach within easy walking distance); Le Toiny is far above a beach but has individual plunge pools in each room and great views; the Christopher is waterfront but not beachfront; and Francois Plantation is high up on the top of the mountain. There are also several nice mid-priced hotels with similar characteristics; info is available on the websites below. Donít feel that you canít come to St. Barthís because you canít afford one of the super-deluxe hotels; there are some very cute, clean, and comfortable hotel/suites for around 200 euros per night (try Les Mouettes, Le P'tit Morne, or Saline Gardens). So do your research and choose according to your budget and priorities.

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The same can be said for villas; do your research and youíll find the perfect place. You can choose to use an agency such as Wimco or St. Barthís Properties, or you can try to find a rental by owner. Weíve rented through the owner three times and have had excellent experiences. Villas can be as inexpensive as 100 euros per night in low season for a small but charming villa/apartment, to 20,000 euros per week in high season for a magnificent show-stopper with all the bells and whistles. There are plenty to choose from in every price category, so look around and be flexible. Decide in advance if being on the beach is critical to your needs, or if you prefer a hillside view (with the attendant breezes). Do you have to have a pool or will you probably not use one after being on the beach all day? (Some people find this an absolute necessity, and we did too until we realized that in two weeks we only used the pool once.) Do you need a full professional kitchen (believe it or not, many visitors cook their meals some nights --- but not me!) or will a small galley-type kitchen suffice? Do you want to be close to Gustavia (not a bad idea on your first visit, less important on subsequent trips) or would you prefer St. Jean (too noisy in my opinion but if you like action youíll want to consider this option). Scanning through the various villa websites is a great way to fritter away a few hundred hours of your time, so put some thought into it in advance so that you can narrow your search.
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St. Barts Shopping
St. Barts is a shopping paradise with everything from high end stores from Paris to local shops selling island crafted merchandise. The two main shopping hubs are Gustavia and St. Jean. Gustavia is known for its luxury boutiques and exclusive jewelry stores. St. Jean is considered slightly less touristy with more intimate shops. There are also wonderful boutiques at some of the island's hotels and restaurants. Here are some of our featured shops/artists that you should be sure to check out when you are on the island .
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Filles des iles
A wonderful boutique located in the Christopher Hotel selling designer swim suits from Paris, exquisite jewelry from around the world and beautiful clothes that are perfect for the Caribbean. Carine Lesecq is the charming owner who will personally assist you in finding a real treasure
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Kelly Gary Watercolors
Kelly Gary paints colorful impressionistic scenes of St. Barts that bring the beauty of the island to life. From villas, to landmarks and businesses, Kelly's prints, note cards and original paintings are a treasured memento from an island paradise and are available online.
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