We were scheduled to arrive at St. Bart’s at 10:00AM, tendering started about this time. We didn’t have a tour booked so we weren’t in a hurry. We had a leisurely breakfast in the buffet, more made to order eggs benedict. Shortly after tending began, it was announced on the ship that public restrooms on shore would not be available. This is a French island and I had heard that they don’t like Americans and/or cruise ship passengers. So I guess the absence of restrooms was thought that it would discourage passengers from disembarking to the island. We had never been to this island before and I was determined to check it out.
I think it was between 11:00 and 12:00 when we tendered over. We had read about a bar there called Le Select, that is said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s song Cheeseburger in Paradise, so that was our first stop. We had a couple Presidentes, the bartender was nice, they took US dollars and the restrooms were in fine working order when needed. After our stop at Le Select we continued through town in search of Shell Beach on the edge of town.
The beach was nice; it was made of tiny and crushed shells instead of sand. We spent some time in the water. When we had enough of the water, we decided to get something to eat at the restaurant at the beach, Du Brazil. It was kind of like we were invisible here, it took a long time to get seated and then even more time for someone to take our order. The food was good when we were finally served. We were on vacation so we weren’t in a hurry, but it was pretty obvious that we weren’t wanted or welcome. As we were eating the weather was getting cloudy and raining off and on, so when we finished eating we decide to head back toward the ship.
On the way back we stopped at a store and got a Christmas ornament for 5EU and stopped for a couple more beers at Le Select. I’m glad we went to St. Bart’s, but I don’t need to ever go back. Shortly after we were back on board it started to downpour, so we made it back to the ship just in time.