Everyone who lives and works on St. Barths knows that summer is the ‘slow’ season compared to the ‘bustle’ during the winter high season. However, things have improved with the rebound in the financial sector and the world’s economy and more people from the US and Europe have become acquainted with the shores, cuisine and beauty of St. Barths. But summer is still a bit slow. Up until now, that is. People who come to St. Barths in the summer can now expect to leave the doldrums at home.
In the words of the great Bob Marley, you can lively up yourself and be no drag in quite a few ways in St. Barths during the summer nowadays. The island has developed a number of festivals, concert venues, and celebrations that take place in the summer months. These include Bastille Day on July 14th, because we are French after all.
On July 21st we celebrate the end of slavery in honor of Victor Schoelcher, the man who championed the end of slavery on our French West Indies islands. The Festival of Gustavia is a colorful party and fishing festival that brings in sports fishermen from all over the world.
The EMM Sunset Party, the annual “fete” at Flamands, the Gustavia music festivals in June, the West Indies Regatta in May, and the annual St. Barth Film Festival in April have been developed by the government to provide a variety of entertainment to visitors and residents during the summer months. Also a way of extending the “season” in St. Barths.
If you have not eaten everywhere in St. Barths yet, summer is the perfect time to experiment and enjoy the huge varieties of cuisine and taste sensations that the many fine restaurants have to offer. One of the islands most knowledgeable and long time visitor – a ‘local’ by now on all counts – Dennis Carlton, author of the St. Barths book “Case et Cuisine” and owner of the villa of the same name and fame and also the proprietor of the Normandie Hotel, highly recommends the fare at Le Repaire, Maya’s, Eddy’s, Le Carre, Santa Fe, Hideaway, Bagatelle, Do Brazil, BAZ, Cote Port, L’Isola, Le Grain de Sel, Tamarin and La Gloriette.
The low summer rates make dining out just a little more special. Every local chef makes a special effort to make summer dining a fabulous deal. According to Dennis, the restaurants have been ‘buzzing’ this summer and many were packed with people taking advantage of the luncheon rates. “For the first time in memory, Santa Fe will be open in August! And one of the greatest bargains — ever — is being repeated by Chef/Proprietor Jean Claude at his L’Espirit restaurant in September.” noted Dennis Carlton in a recent posting online.
Naturally, the beaches are always open and the summer heat makes the water more inviting. Fishing, boating, parasailing, and all other water sports are just as lively in the summer as they are during the high season winter period. Several webcams on the island can give you an idea of the fun that you may be missing.
The summer on St. Barths can be a real great time for a total relaxation visit. You can leave all your worries and your cares behind and just forget about all your problems. Read that book you have been dying to read. Visit parts of the island you have heard about but never seen before. Buy a souvenir that is absolutely you and uniquely different.
The aforementioned webcams can show you the sights, the beaches, the people, the sports, and all the fun that you may be missing by not coming to our island in the summer, including women’s beach volleyball. At least, so I have been told. I haven’t managed to see that as yet. Maybe summer next year!
Smaller crowds, lower prices, and a larger selection of the best villas make summer in St. Barths just that much better. To submit a reservation request to share a charter to or from St. Barths this summer, go to http://www.airsxm.com/request.php.
Note: To see the line-up for the 2015 St. Barth Summer Session from August 5th to 15th, click here…