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    Hawke is offline
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    Perhaps the Times are Changing? And a good thing for business.

    This is not a complaint. We are returning with another couple who has been with us a few years ago. In the mid 80's we first visited St.Barts. with 4 children and Denise's sister. Believe it or not we traveled together to the beaches in a Moke. In retrospect not wise, but that was a different time. We survived and we will be visiting again at the end of April. There is nothing that compares to a vacation on St. Barts. The people, the food, the beaches, the scenery around every turn. As many people from that time, I wish I had bought a property. I have lost track of the number of times we have been back, the one constant is that everyone we have traveled with has also returned.

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    DaveM is offline
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    Re: Perhaps the Times are Changing? And a good thing for business.

    It is remarkable how St. Barths so naturally and swiftly enchants its visitors. Seems nearly magical at times . . .

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    Re: Perhaps the Times are Changing? And a good thing for business.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawke View Post
    . . . There is nothing that compares to a vacation on St. Barts. The people, the food, the beaches, the scenery around every turn.
    Agree, Kent . . . remarkable combination of factors that draw visitors back, over & over.

    To your list, I would add another component — security. I think that the sense of personal safety & security felt in being on SBH distinguishes it as a particularly desirable destination, where one can relax with a high degree of comfort. Maintaining this sense of predictable certainty is, in large part, the mission of the Collectivité . . . its managers know that tourism will wither if a crack opens in this important aspect of the island’s image.

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    Hawke is offline
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    Re: Perhaps the Times are Changing? And a good thing for business.

    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    Agree, Kent . . . remarkable combination of factors that draw visitors back, over & over.

    To your list, I would add another component — security. I think that the sense of personal safety & security felt in being on SBH distinguishes it as a particularly desirable destination, where one can relax with a high degree of comfort. Maintaining this sense of predictable certainty is, in large part, the mission of the Collectivité . . . its managers know that tourism will wither if a crack opens in this important aspect of the island’s image.
    I agree Dennis. As I have posted before, we have visited other islands where we were broken into and robbed.

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    cec1 is offline
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    Re: Perhaps the Times are Changing? And a good thing for business.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawke View Post
    I agree Dennis. As I have posted before, we have visited other islands where we were broken into and robbed.
    I do remember . . . a horrible experience for you & Denise!

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    dadto6 is offline
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    Re: Perhaps the Times are Changing? And a good thing for business.

    Kent and Dennis are spot on. Like Phil and Amy say "you either get it or you don't". We get it!

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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Re: Perhaps the Times are Changing? And a good thing for business.

    We ‘get it’ as well and have for many years. Having been to many of the Caribbean islands, we only return to Barthelemy-

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    sxmbeachlover is offline
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    Re: Perhaps the Times are Changing? And a good thing for business.

    Yep, we got it the first time we came in the late 90s. Our time every year on St. Barts is what I like to call our "non-negotiable" vacation. We still travel the world every year, but always come back to St. Barts.

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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Re: Perhaps the Times are Changing? And a good thing for business.

    We are all very lucky we discovered Ouanalao. Year after year it is a place we always look forward to for several weeks of bliss.

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