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Best day trip to St Barth's #210001
11/27/2019 12:57 PM
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Looking for a day trip to St Barth's during our next trip March 23 - April 3. Either sail or powerboat. C/O is OK. Staying in Orient Beach Village area. Any suggestions?

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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210005
11/27/2019 01:29 PM
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We did a day trip a few years ago. Took the commuter plane from Grand Case's airport. No departure tax and a direct flight. Since we flew we had a lot more time on St. Barth's to sightsee.

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210008
11/27/2019 01:44 PM
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I don't have a direct recommendation for you either, as the boat we took to St. Barts the last time is long gone, in some storm. If you don't know already, the boat trip TO St. Barts is normally extremely ROUGH. If you take that route and get seasick at all, make sure that you take seasick preventative. The trip back is normally much easier. Hopefully someone has a good recommendation for you.


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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210011
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The "seasick" thing was the main reason why we took the plane. Just checked and R/T is a bit pricey, $176 USD. Still was worth it since, for me, getting seasick would ruin the whole day trip.

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210013
11/27/2019 03:24 PM
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We did a St Barth trip with Paul and crew and had a fantastic time. It was the highlight of our many trips to St Martin and we will probably do it again on our next visit. When we went, the trip back was much, much rougher than the trip to SB. Highly recommend!!!

https://www.nudetrips.net/index2.htm

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210017
11/27/2019 04:03 PM
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The edge out of Simpson Bay marina is a high speed catamaran and goes to Barts. Usualy rough going and smooth returning.

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210028
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Take the flight from Grand Case.

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210029
11/28/2019 05:15 AM
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What is the approximate cost of the flight, round trip, from Grand Case, French airport ?
I would never consider the ferry again...


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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: Cincinnati_Kid] #210031
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Originally Posted by Cincinnati_Kid
What is the approximate cost of the flight, round trip, from Grand Case, French airport ?
I would never consider the ferry again...



Looking at flights on St Barth Commuter to/from Grand Case tomorrow, fares are €80 (about $88) each way. It’s more expensive to fly Winair from Juliana on the Dutch side.
Voyager ferry from Marigot, the best of the ferries, is €37 - €56 each way, depending on ticket class.

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210056
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Plus if you are going to St Barth's, the approach and landing at the airport is part of the adventure!

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210058
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We did take a high speed ferry from Marigot a few years ago and it was great, no troubles getting sea sick at all! I guess it’s all depends on a sea that day... was a great trip to the Barts and even better on the way back- we came across the huge whales that were breaching all around us! The captain of the ferry decided to circle around for a bit to look at the show! That was awesome !


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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210098
11/29/2019 12:28 PM
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having gone to SBH a bunch of times by plane and ferry, we somewhat prefer ferry...we used to take the ferry out of Pelican Marina (The Edge) for day trips, but now take the Great Bay Express out of Philipsburg...45 minute ride...we prefer the ferry because of the “casualness” and not having to deal with an airport...we’ve been on some brutal ferry crossings, but they don’t really bother me

but if it’s your first time, the plane might be the way to go for the views/experience...although pulling in to the SBH marina when the big mega yachts are there is also pretty cool, but you could save that for next time


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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: IslandBoi] #210103
11/29/2019 01:49 PM
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Yes its pretty cool entering the harbor and seeing all the boats at anchor.

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210122
11/30/2019 06:53 AM
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Thanks for all the input and options. We are not in a hurry to get to the island by plane or high speed ferry, so looks like either Paul's powerboat with multiple stops for swimming, snorkeling, lunch, etc or if the seas aren't too rough while we are there, a similar trip on a catamaran. Will post a review after the trip. Thanks!

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210180
11/30/2019 02:45 PM
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I flew earlier this year. Spend the whole day there!


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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210182
11/30/2019 02:52 PM
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I would also recommend flying out of Grand Case. The flight was as much fun as the island. If you are ready for a good laugh, read this St Barts trip report:

https://britishexpats.com/forum/rec...mas-naked-french-people-st-barts-417415/

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: Bahston] #210187
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Agree with Bahston to fly. 80 Euros each way, takes 10 minutes. Great flight.

I would only go to SBH by water if seas are 6 feet or less. Really 3 feet. Check the weather and waves yourself.

I’m sure on a beautiful day it would be awesome.

Our New Years round trip in an open 34 ft powerboat in very high winds and Very heavy seas was the closest thing to death we’ve experienced. Very dangerous.


Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: freedomfighter] #210197
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Nice trip report. Funny stuff right there!



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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: PelicanPirate] #210201
12/01/2019 09:18 AM
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Pelican--while I agree in principle with your post, to not go by sea if the seas are rough, don't you have to make a reservation ahead of time, when you won't know what the seas will be like?


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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: freedomfighter] #210244
12/01/2019 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by freedomfighter
I would also recommend flying out of Grand Case. The flight was as much fun as the island. If you are ready for a good laugh, read this St Barts trip report:

https://britishexpats.com/forum/rec...mas-naked-french-people-st-barts-417415/


That was hysterical! OMG...even the seagulls.....lol!!! "thin protective line of French naked people"....
Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: Carol_Hill] #210257
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Yes, and that game day decision might be to lose your money down if the captain doesn't make the right decision which is a conservative one.

I wont revisit our fateful trip but all can rest assured that Captain is no longer in business and ive heard nothing but good things about those that still are.

https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/gustavia

BE YOUR OWN CAPTAIN.

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: PelicanPirate] #210262
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Don't most of them require the entire payment down? To me, that's a fair amount of money to blow off..


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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: SKJay] #210272
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Perhaps the buyer should have the seller agree to a “customer unconfortable with the weather conditions clause at the time of booking.

I gladly gave our Joker 220 Euros for the hell ride. Knowing what I know now, yes i would not go and forfeit my cash.

I am cheap but my life is worth more than a hundred euros😀

Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: PelicanPirate] #210275
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Originally Posted by PelicanPirate
Agree with Bahston to fly. 80 Euros each way, takes 10 minutes. Great flight.

I would only go to SBH by water if seas are 6 feet or less. Really 3 feet. Check the weather and waves yourself.

I’m sure on a beautiful day it would be awesome.

Our New Years round trip in an open 34 ft powerboat in very high winds and Very heavy seas was the closest thing to death we’ve experienced. Very dangerous.




Was that the last thing available? Yikes..sounds awful.

Were you going for the Jimmy Buffet concert?


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Re: Best day trip to St Barth's [Re: BeachKitten] #210291
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No, booked weeks in advance before arrival.


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