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Get to know Grand Cul de Sac

Grand Cul de Sac is one of the longer and more developed beaches in St. Barths and its gentle nature makes it a favorite for anybody seeking a relaxing stretch of water and sand. Thanks to Grand Cul de Sac’s location on the northeast coast and its reef barrier, the waters are calm and the waves are small. Due to the geography of the lagoon, the water at this beach is shallow for a long stretch, allowing beachcombers to walk far into the water, while still touching the sandy ground. Grand Cul de Sac is also a favorite hang-out for sea turtles, who will swim alongside you in the warm waters. Kiteboarding, windsurfing, and snorkeling are other popular activities here. Plus, there are numerous hotels and restaurants that encircle the beach, with offerings ranging from casual to sophisticated, almost all with beachfront seating.

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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.