St. Barts Commonly referred to as St. Barts or St. Barths, or even St. Barthelemy, this island reveals its French influence from its currency to its language, even though it is over 4,000 miles from Paris. Legal tender is officially the Euro, although both the French Franc and US Dollar is widely accepted. The official language is French, although most residents speak some English, and Creole is spoken in some areas The island itself is small in size, as is the main harbor town, Gustavia, which measures less than 10 square miles, but don’t be fooled by size! St. Barts has a lot to do! Most people start their charter in St. Maarten/St. Martin, which is a mere 17 nautical miles away, and a beautiful cruise. Once arriving at St. Barts, the fun begins! There is a variety of things to do on the island. St. Barts hosts a calendar of events throughout the year. The terrain is very rugged, so it is suggested that you tour using an ATV or Jeep, unless you are staying in Gustavia. Many tourists find watching planes land at the local airport an exhilarating event, as the airport has such a short runway, and the planes have to approach over a hill The beaches, cliffs, coves, reefs, vegetation, and marine life make it truly a tropical paradise, so in 1996 a Marine Park was established to protect the underwater zones. Visitors and locals alike must respect the “do not disturb” intention of the Parks establishment protecting the island’s aquatic and terrestrial plants that include: water lily, water hyacinth, coromandel, night bloom cereus, lobster claw slipper plant, and many varieties of orchids
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