Exploring & Escapades

bits & pieces of my travels

Tag: Caribbean

Gouverneur Beach

Gouverneur Beach sign

Gouverneur BeachLegend has it that a pirate once hid his treasure here, on Gouverneur Beach. Remote, secluded, & tucked away, it WOULD be a perfect spot. Unfortunately, we did not find it this afternoon.

 

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The Edge of an Island

Beach run, St Barth

Beach Run on St BarthSaint Barth is almost entirely covered in hills, but there is one distant edge of the island where it is completely flat, and it in that place that we decided to run. We ran along the road, on the edge of the hill. We ran down a hidden sandy path. And we ran to this rocky, beautiful beach.

 

Gustavia Gallery

St Barths painting

Saint Barths painting abstract

St Barths map paintingA contemporary art museum in Gustavia. Intimate & local. A picture of Saint Barth.

 

Colombier Beach

Path

Crevice

View

Cliffs

Hiking

Dog

Boats

On the cliff

Cross

Path to the beachColombier Beach is only accessible by boat, or by hiking down an old goat path, through the cliffs, on the edge of the island. It’s one of the most incredible hikes that I’ve ever done. The trail, the cliffs, the ocean, the beach itself; it’s breathtaking. 

Saint Barthélemy

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Co Pilot

 

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VillaThe only airport on St. Barth spills, literally, onto St. Jean beach, and there is nothing except one red sign and a piece of rope to stop people from prancing on over in front of a speeding plane to take pictures. It’s a tiny airport, one of the most difficult in the world. The island is hilly, the town is small, the roads are winding. It’s an island Paris.

Bahamas Recap

Sitting here (bored) in my apartment, while the rest of the world studies for finals, wishing I was back at Port Lucaya on Grand Bahama. If only. Some highlights:

Beach at Port Lucaya

So we didn’t actually stay at the Our Lucaya Resort, but that didn’t stop us from pretty much spending every day there. Coconut drinks, hot tubs, cool old guys playing the guitar and singing in the hot tub… No complaints

Pier at Lucaya Marketplace

When we didn’t feel like going out, we got amazing Greek yogurt from this Greek restaurant in the Lucaya Marketplace and found this cute little pier to eat it on! The Bacardi Sailfish tournament had happened earlier in the day, so it was a really chill atmosphere- boats tied up, small groups of people hanging out. The lights were amazing too =).

Cave exploring at Lucaya National Park!

Cave at Lucaya National Park

Lying on the beach is fun, but we got bored of that after a while and wanted to explore. So we rented a scooter and ‘scooted’ about 26 miles across the island to Lucaya National Park, where we hiked and explored some really cool caves.

Boardwalk at Lucaya National Park

Part of the hike also went through some awesome mangroves. And of course, led the way to the best part…

Fallen trees at Golden Rock Beach

Most beautiful beach ever! Golden Rock Beach at Lucaya National Park

Golden Rock Beach!!! The locals told us that it was the most beautiful beach on the island, and they were right. Apparently, parts of Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed here too. I can’t even describe how amazing it was- isolated, soft sand, perfectly blue. Absolutely worth the scoot/hike!

Rum Runners Bar at Lucaya Marketplace

My FAVORITE bar ever!!! I’ve never had (nor never will have) a Miami Vice as amazing as the ones I had here. Fascinating fact: we met a group of other kids from Massachusetts that we were loosely connected to here. Such a small world.

View from the Prop Club

We  ate here during the day, hung out here at night. Prop Club:  big fan!

I wish I had pictures of the casino too. I’m not a crazy gambler, but we had a couple free $10 credits from the hotel that we used to win a ton. 22 black!

Considering I booked the flights for this trip only 16 hours before take off, this trip was INCREDIBLE! True, Lucaya is a little over-touristy, but it was still a great time. I need to go back.

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