Today, St Barts serves as a playground for the super-rich but before the glitterati arrived, the Caribbean island was beloved by pirates. Beyond the achingly beautiful beaches and the glamorous bars, there is a wealth of history to explore. Read on for a pick of the best places to visit while cruising the coast of St Barts.
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Near Grande Saline is Anse du Gouverneur, once a pirate cove and stronghold of the scary 17th-century French buccaneer, Daniel Montbars. Access to the beach is easy compared to most of St Barts’ beaches but, like so many, it is advised to take sunscreen to protect yourself from the powerful Caribbean sun. Bring a towel and a picnic – there’s nothing else here aside from white sand and endless blue water.
Lorient is a Catholic beach town, where surfers head when the swell is up. The right end of the bay is calmer, ideal for a more leisurely swim. After a dip, head to La Petite Colombe Bakery for a fresh croissant. Fans of French rock ‘n’ roll should make a beeline for the Cimetiere de Lorient where music legend Johnny Hallyday is buried; his grave has become something of a shrine for visiting fans.
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