La Casa del Habano: The Top Cigar Shop in St Barths
It didn't take me long to feel like I was at home in La Casa del Habano. Every inveterate cigar smoker knows the importance of having a great cigar shop to call home, and one of the travails of traveling is that you leave yours behind, not knowing where (or with whom) you'll smoke on the road.
If St. Barths is in your future, there is no better place than La Casa del Habano. Look for the traditional wooden Indian out front; you should be able to see it as you're entering Village Creole in St. Jean, where the tobacconist is located.
Inside, put yourself in the expert hands of Sandrine, the store's owner and managing director. Many Americans are familiar with only the major Cuban cigar brands; it's tough for us to keep pace with the new products being released from the "island south of Miami." Sandrine will acquaint you with the old and new of what we aren't permitted to have here in the United States.
Gallery: La Casa del Habano, St Barths
The most enjoyable aspect of shopping at La Casa del Habano, I found, was sitting on the little red couch with a glass of rum and a Partagas Serie P while hanging out with Sandrine. I felt like I was in my neighborhood shop back home – relaxed and having a wonderful time.
On St. Barths, you can get cigar shop culture along with your cigars. Just stop by La Casa del Habano and say "bonjour" – or even simply "hello" – to Sandrine.
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Disclosure: I was given a cigar at La Casa del Habano and a shot of rum, and Eden Rock picked up the tab for this trip. Nonetheless, my opinions are my own – they're certainly not for sale at any price.