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Le Select, the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet's Cheeseburger in Paradise
Jimmy Buffet has been a visitor to St Barths since the 1970s. He can usually be found there in the last days of December, jamming with some friends in one restaurant or another.

Right in the center of Gustavia, the capital city, stands a dive bar. Okay, let's say that it does not look like much. But it's always crowded, especially at lunch time when burgers are served. Why?

Because this is where Jimmy's song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" takes its inspiration.

It is an institution. People just love the place—its plain plastic chairs, cheap Caribe beer, and greasy burgers.

My tip: Go there after 5 p.m., before sunset. This is when it is the liveliest. People coming by ferry from St Martin have gone, so it is just us islanders and St. Barths tourists.