St Barthelemy and Jost Van Dyke

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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.

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We hired a cab to drive us around the island.  We think it was the same route we took many years ago. 

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We vaguely remembered the light house (built in 1961) and the airport where planes fly close over a major road as they land.

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The salt ponds at La Grande Saline were once prolific enough to export salt to other islands.

Grand Fond is a rocky beach.

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At Saint-Jean there are beautiful sand beaches sheltered in a bay.  You can see the airport runway on the far side.


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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.

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We took a short walk out to Shell Beach which is beautiful and unique. 

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Instead of sand the beach is made up of little shells.

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We had lunch at a prime spot at the end of the harbor with this view.

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This is a post card from 1980 of Gustavia harbor.

It was a treat to revisit St. Barthelemy.

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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.

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This was a nice relaxing way to finish up our cruise.

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About graciamc

Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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3 Responses to St Barthelemy and Jost Van Dyke

  1. gooddayrome says:

    I love the 1980/2015 compare-and-contrast photos!

  2. Tammy says:

    You are so creative Gracia! Love the photos comparing 1980 to 2015! As always, I have enjoyed seeing all the places you visited on this trip – your pictures are awesome!

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