Appreciate its uniqueness: The Star Clipper sailing vessel is unique because of its design and ability to travel to small and beautiful islands around the world. To truly appreciate this ship, make sure to see its beauty unfurl before your eyes when the sails open and billow at disembarkation times. Another way to appreciate this type of ship is by booking a sailing trip that goes to islands that the big cruise liners can’t get to. For example, on this sailing trip, we were able to anchor at St. Barts for an extended day which isn’t always an option for the larger cruise lines. Overall, we were able to really take in the powerful feeling of being on a sailing vessel by maximizing our time at a unique port like St. Barts and by being present on deck for the disembarkation ceremonies.
Although we came away from our day at St. Kitts feeling like we just experienced a tiny snapshot of this island, we look forward to returning to learn more of its aggrieved history and its natural beauty. The morning we arrived in St. Kitts, we disembarked and saw taxis waiting at the port. We negotiated with a driver for a 1-hour tour around the island for an affordable fare. On this tour, we were
Arriving to St. Barts is exactly comparable to arriving to a French, coastal town with a swanky sensibility. If you come in with the knowledge that St. Barts has this luxe overtone, it will waive the feeling of frustration when you encounter pricey shopping, expensive lunches and 100-euro beach chairs. With this knowledge, my Mom and I happily window-shopped, walked the famed beaches of Shell Beach and St. Jean Beach and ate croissants with abandon. We walked the red-roofed, port city of Gustavia and found it to be charming, full of boutiques and restaurants, and wonderfully walk-able. We ate lunch at a beautiful French restaurant next to the harbor and walked to Shell Beach from this locale. Upon arrival, we noticed that Shell Beach lived up to its name, but this same namesake made it uncomfortable to lay on it without a chair. We decided to head to the neighboring town of St. Jean to enjoy St. Jean Beach. To get there we took a taxi from the taxi stand in Gustavia harbor, and traveled the quick distance to the famous, St. Jean Beach. It is a beautiful beach with a price tag to match! To rent 2 chairs for the day it would have been 100 euros. Needless to say, we opted to walk the beach and people-watch instead. We loved St. Barts and enjoyed being a part of such a rich culture, in many definitions of the word.