St Barthelemey is an upscale island with lots of expensive yachts in the harbor of Gustavia.
We visited here in 1980 when it was still a sleepy island. On that trip we took a racing catamaran over to St Barts from St Maarten.
We hired a cab to drive us around the island. We think it was the same route we took many years ago.
We vaguely remembered the light house (built in 1961) and the airport where planes fly close over a major road as they land.
The salt ponds at La Grande Saline were once prolific enough to export salt to other islands.
Grand Fond is a rocky beach.
At Saint-Jean there are beautiful sand beaches sheltered in a bay. You can see the airport runway on the far side.
Back in Gustavia we noticed the signs in French and Swedish. St. Barts was settled by Huguenots from Brittany and Normandy in the 17th century. Sweden declared it a free port in 1785.
We took a short walk out to Shell Beach which is beautiful and unique.
Instead of sand the beach is made up of little shells.
We had lunch at a prime spot at the end of the harbor with this view.
This is a post card from 1980 of Gustavia harbor.
It was a treat to revisit St. Barthelemy.
Looks like the island isn’t the only thing that changed….
We spent the next day on the island of Jost Van Dyke for a beach stop. There are less than 300 inhabitants on this island.
This was a nice relaxing way to finish up our cruise.