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How to Do St. Barts Affordably

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BY AMY BYFIELD

St Barthelemy or St. Barts is known for its glorious beaches, mouthwatering restaurants and designer boutiques, the island is a true jet setter’s hot spot. Frequented by the likes of Roman Abramovich, Microsoft’s Paul Allen, Beyoncé and other international celebrities, St. Barts is the place to see and be seen. The island is one of the most exclusive of the Caribbean, which makes a trip to visit this island an expensive one.

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If you are not a celebrity, a jet setter or someone from a mega rich family and you want to enjoy the sophistication and exclusivity of St Barts, you can get a taste of this Caribbean island at non-rock star prices. All it takes is a little effort and planning for you to find an affordable vacation. So here are a few tips to help you reach St Barts without breaking the bank.

1. Travel with Friends & Stay at a Villa

St. Barts can be an expensive place to stay and travelling with a few friends will let you enjoy the privacy, convenience and luxury of a villa, for a fraction of the cost. Since most villa accommodations are equipped with a private pool and kitchen it will also allow you to avoid the price shocker every time you walk into a restaurant.

2. Travel During Off Peak Season

Don’t take a trip during high season around (December through April) as this is when hotel rates are the highest and everyone is looking to get away. Instead you can visit the island during the off-peak season when the weather’s still nice, rates are lower and there aren’t too many tourists.

3. Visit the Shore & Stay Out of the Stores

Another money-saving option is to stick to the shore and stay out of the stores. St. Barts is well known for its many chic boutiques and with its sophisticated visitors, shopping is a definite delight but it can be a very expensive one. What you can do instead is take a trip to the beautiful beaches, because you can’t really beat swimming or snorkeling in the Caribbean’s perfect blue waters. All of the beaches are free to enjoy and are well protected.

4. Dine Out Less & Stock Up on Groceries

When you travel to any destination, one of the biggest expenses you will have is the cost of food. However you can save some serious cash by stocking up on snacks and easy breakfast options at the grocery store.

St. Barts is definitely a playground for the rich and famous especially on New Year’s Eve, but with careful and early planning it can all be yours at a fraction of the cost.

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