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Get to know Lurin

Lurin is a hilltop neighborhood, perched above the towns of Gustavia and St. Jean, with a postcard-perfect view of the red roofs below. Lurin is a convenient location—far enough from the hustle and bustle below, but close enough that it’s just a few minutes to dinner in town. It’s also just a short drive to Shell Beach or Gouverneur Beach. Shell Beach, true to its name, is covered in millions of shells and is close to downtown Gustavia. It’s one of four beaches in the world that has such a large natural accumulation of shells on the shore. For those daring enough, swim out to the cliffs at the end of the beach, climb up and jump! Gouverneur Beach, a bit farther away, has a more remote feel, with no snack bars nearby, leaving a beautiful stretch of unspoiled beach, backed by dense, green vegetation to enjoy.

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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.