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• The Lions Club Continues Its Work for Haiti
• Art Exhibition at Eden Rock
• Learn to Dance Flamenco
• On the Horizon
• Keep the Kids Busy with Art Lessons
• Whale Watching in St. Barth
• Come Aboard the Yellow Submarine
• For All You Scrabble Aficionados
• Summer Rates on Sailboat Rental
• Charter the Lone Fox for a Day of Sailing
• Voulez-vous danser?
• Bicycling on St Barth
• 36 Hours in St. Barts
• "Jess Sea" in St. Barts for the Bucket Regatta and to charter
• Carnival 2008
Starting at 1:30 pm on Saturday, February 27 on the commercial quay in Public, the Lions Club was set up to collect various materials to send to Haiti to help after the devastating earthquake the country recently experienced. They asked people to donate such goods as folding or dismounted beds, mattresses, cribs, sheets and towels, kitchen materials, rope that can be used to tighten tarps, nails, tools that can be used for masonry or carpentry, toothbrushes and toothpaste - but no food. Food donations can be made one week before the materials are shipped out. The Lions Club will publicize that date when it is known.
From December 21, 2009 until January 31, 2010, the Eden Rock Gallery is hosting an art exhibit called Water/Bodies from the New York Academy of Art. The exhibit is being curated by David Kratz, president of the New York Academy of Art, and work by Eric Fischl and Jenny Saville, Senior Critics at the Academy, will be showcased. Each of the paintings or sculptures is related to the theme of nature, water and the body. The Eden Roc Gallery and the New York Academy of Art have an ongoing relationship which includes an artist-in-residence program in which up to 10 students or graduates of the Academy can visit St. Barth and participate. A portion of the proceeds from this year's exhibit will be used to fund this program. The Eden Roc hotel is located in the heart of St Jean on the beach.
During Halloween vacation, ASCCO in Lorient is organizing beginning Flamenco lessons for adults, adolescents and children. The classes will take place from October 24 to October 29 with Elisabeth Ruiz, a professor of Flamenco at Toulouse. A dance performance is planned for Friday, October 30 on the quay in Gustavia. For more information or to sign up, call 590 690 61 14 03.
July 18, 2009 Fete de l'Anse des Cayes First of the beach festivals with games, competitions, food, beverages and music in the evening.
July 25-26, 2009 Fete des Quartiers du Nord Lottery, games, food, beverages, competitions and a public ball organized by ASCCO / Colombier
August 8-9, 2009 Fete des Quartiers du Vent Fishing tournament, regattas, games, food, beverages, volleyball, lottery and public ball in Lorient
August 14-15, 2009 Pitea Day Commemorates the twinning of St. Barths and Pitea, Sweden. Held on the beach in Public.
August 15, 2009 SBJAM Festival Groups from around the Caribbean will be playing on the quay in Gustavia
August 24, 2009 Fete de St. Barthelemy Festival to celebrate the island's patron saint, Saint Bartholomew. Political and social functions, regattas, public ball and fireworks on the quay in Gustavia.
August 25, 2009 Fete de St. Louis The last beach festival of the summer is held in the tiny fishing village of Corossal. Games, competitions, regattas, food, beverages, lottery, and a public ball.
November 5-8, 2009 Jazz Festival
November 6-8, 2009 60th Anniversary Party at Le Select in Gustavia
If you stay at the hotel Eden Roc in St Jean, your kids can participate in an art lesson given by the artist in residence. Eden Rock will supply an easel, a paint brush and a palate of watercolors to get them started. This offer runs through August 2009. But, if you're interested in this offer, check with the hotel when you make your reservations as the lessons are only available when an artist is actually in residence. For more information, visit www.edenrochotel.com.
Even the humpback whales seem to prefer the waters of St. Barth! The whales migrate here to give birth, and the marine park is getting calls three to four times a week reporting whale sightings. If you happen to be on a boat when you spot the whales, it is safest to travel alongside them maintaining a parallel course at least 100 meters away. Approaching them from the back or front is threatening, and they will do what is necessary to protect their young. Enjoy the opportunity if you are so lucky and respect their habitat and space.
Take a one-hour, underwater guided tour of shipwrecks, schools of fish, coral reefs and sea turtles. The Yellow Submarine leaves from the quay in Gustavia at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. For more information, call Sarah at 05 90 52 40 51.
If you're an avid Scrabble player and want to try your luck playing the game in French, the Association of LĂ©zards des Cayes has organized the St. Barth Scrabble Club! They'll be playing every Tuesday evening starting at 5:30 pm in the heart of Anse des Cayes in the Association's building.
Fun Sea'Stem is offering a summer special on a half-day rental for up to six passengers on its Sun Odyssey 42 DS Sea Flower. This rate includes skipper, fuel and an open bar and is good from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The French captain grew up in St. Barth and was manager of the Saint Barth Yacht Club for three years. He has sailed all around the Caribbean and taught windsurfing and sailing. For more details and contact information, visit www.funseastem.com.
The Lone Fox is a beautiful 65-foot classic wooden sailing yacht that was built in 1957 in Scotland for Colonel Whitbread, of Whitbread Breweries, the original sponsor of the Whitbread Round The World Race, as his personal yacht. Set sail in this spectacular yacht with the very capable and amiable Captain Ira Epstein, who has won several regattas and races. He is offering a special summer rate of 900 € for a day of sailing, swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and exploring the coastline. Maximum number of passengers is 12. For more information, call 06 90 33 27 91 or 06 90 33 26 85.
Looking for something a little different to do on Sunday evenings? Every Sunday, the Association des Retraités de St.Barth (the Association of Retirees) holds an "Afternoon Dancing" at the Hot Spot Café in Lurin from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Go spend a few hours dancing the tango, waltzes, the cha cha and the Madison. Admission is free and open to all. For more information, call 05 90 27 52 80.
A few weeks ago, Alexandra Harmala, a St Barth native, and her husband Markku opened Sun Vélo, a bicycle rental company, in collaboration with tour guide Hélene Berneir of Easy Time. Although the hills on the island are daunting, bicycles provide an easy way to discover Gustavia. The current fleet consists of a dozen Trek lightweight hybrid bicycles that are suitable for off-road riding as well as in town exploration. They are offering very flexible rental agreements, from hourly to monthly. Alexandra and Markku have also designed several itineraries at all levels - from easy to difficult - if you'd like to follow one of their trips. While waiting to find a site for their business, you can contact them by phone at 06 90 63 46 09 or 05 90 87 18 56 or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. They will deliver the bikes to your hotel or villa. Best of all? When you're exploring Gustavia, you don't have to worry about finding a parking place!
Didn't the NY Times do one of these last winter too? I guess you can always find a writer willing to spend some time on St. Barts:
"GETTING to St. Barts isn't easy, not even with your own Gulfstream. On the final leg, trade your million-dollar jet for a tiny puddle jumper, before threading between two jagged peaks and touching down on a teensy runway that, islanders like to joke, is as short as an aircraft carrier's. That might explain the island's exclusivity. Although Jay-Z, Beyoncé and a rotating cast of celebrities have kept St. Barts in the tabloids, this tiny French island still exudes a chic, laid-back vibe unspoiled by gawkers and day-trippers. And despite a new wave of wine bars, chichi boutiques and designer restaurants, the island's main attraction remains its luscious white sand beaches, fringed by the pool-blue waters of the Caribbean."
Lots of good stuff mentioned in the article along with many phone numbers, websites, etc.
"Accommodations include 3 staterooms for up to 7 guests, with grand outdoor dining space covered by hard top bimini, and enclosed eisenglass. In pristine condition and with remarkable international crew, Jess Sea is sure to please charter clients looking for hospitality hand in hand with pleasurable sailing. This impressive yacht will be attending the St. Barth's Bucket Regatta in March 2008
30k a week, plus expenses.
Today was Children's Carnival where the children dressed up in costumes and paraded through the streets at Gustavia. Tuesday, February 5, is Carnival and you can be sure that the participating groups are working on final adjustments to their costumes and their choreography. All the fun starts at 3:00 pm, with the groups departing from Public. Below is this year's schedule of appearance.
SBJAM "La Pointe in Mouvement
ASCO / ASP "Cho Douvant"
The Hideaway (Chez Andy)
Rhum et Gingembre
Saint Barth Allegria
Perd Pas Le Nord
Boat Rental St Barth has new Hydra-Sports boats ranging from 25' to 33' and is offering services for bareboat rentals with or without a skipper. They are also offering deep-sea fishing with a skipper to take you to the best fishing spots. Their staff speaks French, English and Spanish. For more information and to make a reservation, visit their web site at www.boatrentalstbarth.com, send them an email at email@example.com, or call them at 06 90 30 58 73.
The golf simulator GOLFOTRON has been installed at Grand Cul de Sac. The simulator offers more than 40 different courses, including St. Andrews in Scotland, the oldest golf course in the world. In addition to the 40 courses, the simulator also has five putting greens and several driving ranges. You can play any course yourself or organize golf tournaments and putting and driving competitions. If you want to try it out but don't know how to play golf, they will teach you. The simulator is open every day except Monday from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm and from 9:00 pm to midnight. For reservations, call 06 90 37 46 45.
The stadium complex in St Jean already has facilities for soccer, rugby, archery, judo, tae kwon do and volleyball. Soon, you can add tennis to that already impressive list of activities. The Collectivity has been hard at work building four tennis courts with latticework to stop those stray balls and lighting. In addition, they have provided another court to be used for training purposes. The courts are scheduled to open in mid-December and will be open to everyone. On Friday, the Collectivity signed a five-year renewable contract with the Saint-Barth Tennis Club, an association that was created especially for this event and is chaired by Dany Brin, a founder of A.J.O.E., the tennis association in Lorient. The contract includes the provision of free equipment and maintenance of the courts. Future plans include a club house.
October 13, 2007-June 8, 2008
Archery Competitions: October 13, November 17, December 15 (Tour de
l'Ile), January 12, February 9, March 15, April 26, May 24, June 7-8
January 11-23, 2008
24th Annual Music Festival
April 20, 2008
9th Edition of the Transat Ag2r. Arrival in St Barth will be
approximately three weeks later.
The Saint B'Art Association is organizing its sixth annual painting competition. The theme, as always, remains St Barthélémy: landscapes, scenery or people and all media is allowable. The paintings must be available at the beginning of December in order to be exhibited on December 8. As with last year, the winning painting will be used as a stamp on 10,000 pre-stamped envelopes. For more information, please call Véronique Vander Noot at 06 90 39 92 74 or Jean-Pierre Ballagny at 06 90 83 84 00.
The Golden Rock Regatta will make a stop in St. Barts:
After leaving St. Martin on the first day of racing, the first port of call is Gustavia, St. Barths, the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Rather than plan a function, organizers have opted to give the sailors the opportunity to explore the many restaurants for themselves.
"Affordable" and "St. Barts" are not two words that you say in one sentence too often - but the NY Times has some ideas:
St. Barts on the cheap? Easy. Just attach yourself to Jay-Z's entourage, score an invitation aboard a megayacht, and sip Champagne all night in the V.V.I.P. section at Nikki Beach. If that fails, a seven-room villa at the celebrity-filled Carl Gustaf Hotel goes for 48,000 euros a night during the peak season. Luckily, for those who would rather splurge on a lobster dinner, this chic Caribbean Riviera still has a smattering of affordable options - relatively speaking, of course.
The article is full of good tips, and lots of links to check out.
On November 16, 1776, with a copy of the Declaration of Independence on board, the brig Andrew Doria approached St. Eustatius (Statia), deployed the red-and-white striped Continental Colors, and fired a 13-gun salute. Governor, Johannes de Graaff, the commander of the fort, ordered that they reply with an 11-gun salute. Statia was the first foreign power to recognize the independence of the United States. To commemorate these events, starting two years ago, the Golden Rock Regatta has been held annually to focus attention on this forgotten outpost of a bygone age.
Continue reading "Golden Rock Regatta - November 12-16" »
While the summer months in St Barth tend to be a bit quiet and many restaurants are closed, you could not be on the island at a better time if you want to participate in the summer beach festivals that are held by the local towns. July 21-22 was the Festival of Anse des Cayes, held this year on the beach at the Manapany hotel. Saturday was chock full of competitions: dominoes, bélote, pétanque and a paddle boat race. As usual, there were other games throughout the day as well as food and drink and music and dance in the evening. Following just the next weekend, July 28-29, was the Festival of the Quartiers du Nord (Colombier and Flamands), which was held at the tennis courts of ASCCO. Again, there were competitions of dominoes and bélote, followed by a demonstration of ping-pong by a French champion. A dance exhibition of Flamenco was followed with music by local favorites Les Falcos.
The Pitea Day celebration is August 14-15 and is held on the commercial dock in Public. The annual fishing competition will start early in Tuesday morning, with the fisherman returning mid-afternoon to weigh in their catch. Competitions in dominoes and pétanque will take place at 7:30 am on Wednesday, August 15. Raffle tickets are available at CCPF, Alma, GDM, La Rotisserie in St Jean as well as in numerous other stores on the island. The drawing will be August 15 on the dock in Public at 5:00 pm. First prize in two tickets from St Martin to Paris via Air France! There are ten other prizes, including dinner for two at The Wall House, a "one-for-two" ticket from St Barth to St Martin on The Voyager and a motorcycle helmet.
Carib Waterplay, in collaboration with the Centre Nautique of St Barth is offering classes in windsurfing, catamaran sailing and kayaking at St Jean Bay, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to noon during the weeks of July 30 - August 3, August 6 - 10, August 13 - 17 and August 20 - 24. For more information, call 06 90 46 80 81.
Located on La Pointe in Gustavia, Master Pilou offers rentals of motor boats, catamarans, sailboats, bareboats, jet skis and wake boarding. They also offer scuba diving upon request. They have also just purchased a new motor boat called Out of Africa. Contact Master Pilou for prices.
Continue reading "Watersports: Master Pilou" »
Wind Wave Power is located on the beach at Grand Cul de Sac between the restaurant Le Rivage and the St Barth Beach Hotel. They offer a large number of water sports including windsurfing, snorkeling, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, catamarans, hydrobikes, and jet skis.
1 hour (25 €)
5 hours (100 €)
10 hours (180 €)
CMAS 1 -- 5 dives (360 €)
CMAS 2 -- 10 dives (660 €)
Private lesson (60 €)
Lesson with two people (96 €)
Underwater scooter (90 €)
Snorkeling - full day (10 €)
Snorkeling - one week (50 €)
Canoe - one hour (15 €)
Double canoe - 1 hour (24 €)
Kayak Pro - 1 hour (24 €)
Hydrobike - 1 hour (24 €)
Paddle boat - 1 hour (30 €)
Catamaran - 1 hour (65 €)
Jet Ski Rental (guide included)
1/2 hour (70 €)
1 hour (125 €)
Trip around St Barth (150 €)
Telephone: 590 590 27 82 57
Fax: 590 590 27 72 76
Located in Gustavia on La Pointe, Yannis Marine offers motor boat rentals, bareboat rentals, sailing trips, diving, snorkeling, and fishing trips. Motor boat rentals include trips to nearby islands and airport taxi from St Maarten to St Barth.
Continue reading "Watersports: Yannis Marine" »
Carole Cousin, yoga teacher and therapist, who holds a Master in Yoga Education from Kalvalyadharna Yoga Institute, Ionavia, will be offering classes, workshops and training sessions in yoga from July 11 until September 1 at the A.S.C.C.O. tennis courts in Colombier. The Yoga School of St Barth will resume the classes with Carole when they reopen in November. The first class or workshop is free. After that, the cost is 15 € per class or 100 € for 10 classes; classes are open to children and adults. Adult workshops are 20 € per session or 150 € for 10 sessions. Training is 150 € for three sessions, each lasting three hours. For more information, you can contact Carole at 0690 587 726 or 0590 873 153. Or, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. As Carole says, "Know Yoga, Know Peace. No Yoga, No Peace."
Ocean Must offers a wide range of water sports -- diving, deep-sea fishing, sailing trips, day cruises to neighboring islands, motor boat rental and bareboat rental -- plus a 2-hour tour of the island on ATVs. Located in Gustavia at La Pointe.
Continue reading "Watersports: Ocean Must" »
Plongee Caraibes, located in Gustavia, is PADI-certified and offers all levels of certification from Discover Scuba Diving to Dive Master certification. Their 46-foot catamaran, restricted to a maximum of 10 divers per trip, leaves from Gustavia harbor across the street from the pharmacy at 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:15 pm. Instructors speak French, English and German. The dive spots are 5 to 20 minutes from Gustavia and offer reefs, caves, canyons and four wrecks (three fishing boats and a yacht that were lost to the last major hurricane).
Continue reading "Watersports: Plongee Caraibes" »
In Gustavia, Splash offers PADI and CMAS (Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques - World Underwater Federation) courses in diver training at all levels. All the instructors speak French and English. Although their boat normally leaves daily at 9:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and in the evening for a night dive, they will adjust their times to suit your preferences.
Continue reading "Watersports: Splash Diving Center" »
Ouanaloa Dive, located just behind the restaurant La Gloriette in Grand Cul de Sac, is PADI-certified and ANMP-certified (Association Nationale des Moniteurs de Plongee - French National Association of Monitors of Diving). They offer drift diving, night diving, underwater scooters, and kite-surfing. Their dive boat leaves from the Sereno Beach Hotel each day at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Continue reading "Watersports: Ouanalao Dive" »
Crystal Cruises has released the survey results of its Top 10 rated Crystal Adventures shore excursions in the Caribbean, and one of them is on St. Barts:
"Water excursions dominated, with shark feeding a unanimous favorite. Parasailing, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling and racing adventures placed in the Top 10. Thrill-seekers who like their kicks on land also highly rated Crystal's ATV Adventure in St. Barts for the chance to motor to secluded villages and beaches and to climb into the hills for stunning panoramic views. Other notable mentions include a kayaking adventure in St. Kitts and a 100-foot submarine plunge under the sea to explore coral reefs in Grand Cayman."
I wonder what residents think about this? Sounds like it could be kind of annoying...
Here is a preliminary calendar of events for 2007:
1 New Year's Day
8 Three Kings Day - "Galettes des Rois" Epiphany cake served at all fêtes
26 St Barth Music Festival - Jazz, Chamber, Classical Music and dance. Gustavia and Lorient churches. Continues through February 7th.
Continue reading "2007 Calendar of Events" »
For those of you don't like to snorkel or dive but would love to see the abundant underwater life of St Barth, you can now schedule a one-hour trip on Plongée Caraïbes' new Yellow Submarine. The trip leaves from Gustavia and will take you through the Marine Park and around Gros Ilets, toward Les Petits Saints where you will see schools of colorful fish, sea turtles, coral reefs and three wrecks, including one of the yacht Non Stop. The two crew members will provide information about the marine life as well as St Barth. The submarine remains on the surface while you view the underwater world of St Barth six feet below the surface through 24 large windows along the sides, plus one large window in the front and the back. The new submarine, built in Europe, can carry 47 passengers. Once a week it departs at night, using its special lighting equipment to show you the active underwater night life. Private trips can be arranged by contacting Plongée Caraïbes at 590 590 52 40 51.
St. Martin - St. Barts Map by IGN