Photo courtesy of Laurent Benoit, Tourism St Barths/saintbarth-tourisme.com
For Cultural Ties
Braiding latanier is a long-held tradition on St Barths, and has become something of a craft staple across the island. Most shops will have at least one display of locally produced latanier braids. The quality of St Barths latanier is quite often exceptional, and makes for a fantastic, easy to carry souvenir (and won't cause nearly as much trouble as that conch shell you tried to slip into your suitcase).
By Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
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