Gustava (St. Barts)
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For a place that is on the “must be seen at” on the megayacht circuit St. Barts was a huge disappointment. There are no services, not even a fuel dock. The town consists of overpriced restaurants and very high end (Cartier, Yves St. Laurent) shops. Andy and I walked for 2 hours looking to purchase a post card for her to send to her mother before finding one store that actually sold post cards. I wanted to get a hair cut but there is no barber. We took in the laundry and were told the nearest laundry was a 15 Euro cab ride away. The most startling thing was that there were no people on the street. We were told that like vampires (very rich vampires) they only come out at night.
Lauren and Sammy drove the entire island looking for spiders and reported that the rest of the island is pretty much the same.
The Port Captain is very nice and efficient. They check the anchorage each morning and remind you that you need to check in and out. Apparently you can pre-clear over the Internet. That presumes you have Internet on your boat.
For some reason the airport here is semi-famous. Many of the post cards featured pictures of a plane landing here. It is much smaller than
I will not be in a hurry to come back unless I am gifted a few billion and a megayacht.
Fair winds and following seas.