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Get to know Flamands

Flamands boasts the island’s longest and widest beach, stretching for nearly a half mile along the shore. It’s the Platonic ideal of a beach, with very fine white sand, palm trees that provide shade (a rarity on St. Barth), and warm, swimmable, turquoise blue waters. It’s no wonder that this is many beach lovers’ favorite destination. Flamands is only three miles north of Gustavia, but with fewer (and more laid-back) beach goers than the crowds in St. Jean. Flamands is also home to Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, one of St. Barth’s luxury hotels, which is a touch quieter than Eden Roc. Isle de France is still a celebrity haunt, popular with the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Flamands also has some of St. Barth’s best places to eat, including a couple of Creole seafood restaurants with live lobster tanks and a French bakery.

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Living in St. Barth

St. Barthélemy, or St. Barth, is a small island of volcanic rock, just eight square miles big, in the Caribbean. But this tiny island, with its 14 public beaches, is one of the world’s most luxurious getaways that also manages to feel completely down to earth. An overseas collectivity of France, St. Barth was sparsely populated and rarely visited by outsiders until the 1950s. In the mid-1950s, David Rockefeller, who had spied St. Barth from his sailboat, bought and built his clifftop estate. In 1953, Rémy de Haenen, a Dutch-French adventurer, opened the Eden Rock hotel, and with that, the island was off to the races. In a place where no building is higher than a palm tree and the celebrities blend into the sea, St. Barth has managed to remain unspoiled and genuine. It’s an island where superyachts dock but also where giant turtles swim in secret swimming holes and goats rule the cliffs, all part of the magic of St. Barth.