Budget

Budget Beaches

by Sarah Tuff

St. Barths

When late spring arrives and the fabulous people fly back to the Hamptons, the Vineyard, and Nantucket, St. Barths' 22 spectacular beaches stay right where they are. And those equally fabulous hotel prices plummet back to the reach of mere mortals. Meantime, the locals let loose with parties: April is the Caribbean Film Festival; July brings Bastille Day and volleyball contests; Boubou's Music Festival (run by the larger-than-life owner of celeb-studded restaurant Do Brazil) is in August. At Lorient Beach, on the island's north side, a coral reef protects aqua swimming waters; just off the sand lie the seven pretty blue-and-white bungalows of Hotel Les Mouettes. All of them have terraces—kitchenettes, too, but we dare you to resist the fresh chocolate croissants from the bakery next door.

Fly Buy: St. Barth's tiny airstrip is not for the squeamish; save some money, and your lunch, by taking the $56 Voyager ferry from St. Martin (590-87-10-68; www.voyager-st-barths.com).

Hotel Les Mouettes
Tel: 590 27 77 91
One-bedroom bungalows for two from $141

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