Top 10 Cities for Shopaholics
The French-owned St. Barthélemy, affectionately known as St. Barts (or St. Barths – both are correct) has earned a reputation as playground for the jet-set, but also as the capital of the Caribbean shopping scene, thanks to its duty-free status and 200-plus boutiques. The delightful capital, Gustavia, is a high-end retail haven for shops like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Cartier, and Hermes (many of which stock items that aren’t available stateside) while the beach resort town of St. Jean tucks posh shops into La Savane Commercial Center and La Villa Créole. It’s not all high fashion on this celebrated isle, mind you: Local women do peddle traditional island handiwork – handwoven palm hats, baskets, bags, and more – from their verandas, ensuring that visiting shopaholics go home with something truly Caribbean after all.
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