November Trip Report

November Trip Report

Another fabulous trip to the island is on the books ~ This year, I stayed in Lorient at Villa Lorient Sunset. It really lived up to it’s name! In addition to touring villas (there are some great new ones on the rental market!) I had the most active trip in all the years I have been visiting St. Barth. For some people, the idea of a vacation does not include anything other than total rest and relaxation. Lounging around the villa and the various beaches is sometimes just what the doctor ordered! For others, they want to experience as much of the island as possible. I decided that this trip I would do all of the activities that I recommend to my clients who fall into this category. With a week on the island, this meant two long hikes and a jet ski tour around the island. The first “excursion” on the agenda was doing the hike to what are called the Natural Pools. I failed to pack sneakers last trip so this time I was prepared! I recommend doing the hike in the morning before it gets too hot and pack water if you can. My husband brought a book bag on our trip and it came in very handy. The hike itself takes about 30 minutes to get to the natural pools and there is  a great spot to take a break on the way there, it even has a bench! After following the narrow trails, we made it! Because of the sea urchins, I decided to just take in the view rather than risk it but I know plenty of people that enjoy the opportunity to cool off as a reward for their efforts. The waves are very powerful in the Grand Fond area (thus the nickname “the washing machine”) so they would occasionally break over the rocks. Other than those times, it was very tranquil. Definitely worth the effort.  The hike itself is what I would consider moderately challenging, with a few spots that are a little steep. This side of the island is not very developed and the views themselves, while still breathtaking, are not of the sparkling crystal blue kind since it is on the atlantic side of the island. If I were to recommend a hike to someone that only had the time or desire to do one, I would say take the hike to Colombier. For my upcoming post, I will tell you why and leave you with this as a teaser… Until then, Au Revoir!  ~ Leah

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