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Thread: Vitet area - pros/cons

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    renichol is offline
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    Vitet area - pros/cons

    Looking for some feedback regarding renting a villa in the Vitet area. My wife and I found St Barts in 1998 and have been back several times but it's been ~10 year and it's time to get back, however this time introducing our two daughters(21 and 18). We've stayed in St Jean, Corossol, and above Grand cul-de-sac(close to Vitet).

    Any and all feedback is much appreciated: weather(in June), distances, road construction, etc....

    Thanks!

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    didier is offline
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    pros: the view is amazing from vitet. you won't need any a/c as there is always a nice breeze.

    cons: a bit of a drive from your villa to almost anywhere on the island except grand cul de sac.

    however the weather in June is always good unless there is a hurricane of course, but then it would be a rare event here for that month. less traffic as even some of the locals are on vacation elsewhere. the ocean water is warmer.

    there will be construction especially in st. jean, as they are building a large hotel near eden rock.

    you may find that the island is a little more laid back.

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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    My thought is the island is small enough that it almost doesn’t matter where you locate. Breezes are good though to keep the mosquitoes away which is a plus for Vitet.

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    After Tim left, Vitet lost her charm to me. The little bridge just off the main road reminds me of French Viêt Nam.
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    cassidain is online now
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    j’aime bien vitet
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    On the way up to Pte. Milou, we once took the wrong road at the top and ended up in Vitet in the dark. We were new to the island and were truly lost. We figured it out quickly. We did love the views from up there though, even at night.

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    Hawke is offline
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Years ago we rented a villa in Vitet that had water views to the east and west. It was accessed from Grand Frond area.

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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    We have rented the same villa in Vitet for 15 years. Skipped last year and this year because of covid. Going back next year. Best views on the island and very quiet.

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    Hawke is offline
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Very true.

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    The views are unquestionably great. My only concern would be construction on the road going up the Camaruche hillside. My recollection is that construction approaching the hillside has sometimes forced all traffic to go through Grand Fond, which would be a big PITA. What are the COM’s plans for continuing utility construction up the hillside?

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    cassidain is online now
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawke View Post
    Years ago we rented a villa in Vitet that had water views to the east and west. It was accessed from Grand Frond area.
    uh, how does one access Vitet from Grand Fond ?
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    perhaps via GCdS ?
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    There is a road right past the Guanahani entrance (going toward Marigot) that pops you out at Trois Forces.
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    There is a road right past the Guanahani entrance (going toward Marigot) that pops you out at Trois Forces.
    right. that is the GCdS access. that plus Camaruche and helicopter are only accesses I'm aware of. I guess some pretty heavy-duty rock and scrub brush scrambling could get you into someone's backyard.
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by cassidain View Post
    right. that is the GCdS access. that plus Camaruche and helicopter are only accesses I'm aware of. I guess some pretty heavy-duty rock and scrub brush scrambling could get you into someone's backyard.
    yes that's from Marigot up to Vitet, not Grand Fond...!

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    cassidain is online now
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    yes, I guess more Marigot than GCdS.
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Thought Vitet was one way in and out! Just learned something new!

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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by stbartshopper View Post
    Thought Vitet was one way in and out! Just learned something new!
    Me, too, Hopper!
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    And beyond Vitet, there is Devet. Anyone ever been there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    And beyond Vitet, there is Devet. Anyone ever been there?
    Yes!

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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Les Quartiers, some know them, some don’t.

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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    like a village
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    renichol is offline
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Thanks all! We booked Vitet....fingers crossed. We just can’t wait to get back!

    Now I have to research restaurants options

    Thanks!

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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Cool. Many of the forum folk take or took June trips. Think JUNIES. June is in the 80s and a wonderful time to be here.

    Of course, I am the person who likes being on island any day that ends in the letter Y.
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    After Tim left, Vitet lost her charm to me. The little bridge just off the main road reminds me of French Viêt Nam.
    Ah, the Vitet Grand Prix. I learned how to drive on the island on those steep hilly roads up Mt. Vitet towards Devet. Driving my dad's stickshift VW Thing--if you did it right and floored it down the hill and across that bridge, you'd have a decent chance of making it up the hill on the other side without downshifting... Reckless youth.

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    And beyond Vitet, there is Devet. Anyone ever been there?
    Chez Tim's was next to, just below chez mon père along the Devet road. Devet has some of the island's loveliest views to the North, East, SE, etc.
    Love it up there, Gustavia feels far, far away...

    A view back in time, late 70's/early 80's, pre-Guanahani.
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    you were indeed a lucky kid. we went to my grandmother’s house in Pascagoula.
    not quite the same.
    the aromas, though, from the paper plant and pogie plant were, ahem, memorable
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    In Stoughton we had Plymouth Rubber; very smelly, Phillips Machine Factory. and Shawmet Die Works. Phillips is the only one left.

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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawke View Post
    In Stoughton we had Plymouth Rubber; very smelly, Phillips Machine Factory. and Shawmet Die Works. Phillips is the only one left.
    Hawke, Plymouth Rubber was in Canton...not that it matters ..just say in
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillV View Post
    Hawke, Plymouth Rubber was in Canton...not that it matters ..just say in
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    You are correct. Stoughton had Meade Rubber Co.

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    bkeats is offline
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    Re: Vitet area - pros/cons

    Pro - the views as many have pointed out
    Con - when a large vehicle is coming the other way how it feels like a game of chicken, especially in the turns

    Once I was driving down and one of those usually comically funny tiny cement trucks was coming up. The truck didn't seem so small then. That was fun. Not.

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