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Picard Beach Cottages

Each cottage is surrounded by yellow hibiscus and pink bougainvillea.

By , Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005, 10:08 AM

Picard Beach Cottages

About this Hotel

Price From $100

On the northwest coast of "the nature island," a group of 18th-century-style cottages with private verandas rests along a beach of black sand. There's a bucket of water at the doorway of each cottage to help guests keep the dark sand off the white-tile floors inside.

The ceilings are high, the walls are stained wood, and there's A/C, a living room, a kitchen, and a separate bedroom.

There are 18 units in total (nine right on the beach), and each is surrounded by yellow hibiscus and pink bougainvillea—the same colors on the bedspreads and curtains.

The beach is the star attraction, but the two-century-old British fort and hiking trails at Cabrits National Park, a $6 cab ride away, are close behind.

An easy walk from the cottages brings you to an American medical school and a strip of sheds that everyone calls the Shacks.

Order spicy grilled chicken, macaroni and cheese, and red beans at Nelson's ($6), some fresh mango, tangerine, or passion fruit juice at A&E, and snack at canopied picnic tables.

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