Trendy St. Barths. A tiny, mountainous island brimming with famous faces, luxurious yachts and the world's elite. Beyond the expensive shops, lively bars and glamour you'll discover a charming European flavour, pristine beaches and an infectious buzz that will have you coming back for more.
WHERE TO STAY
Getting to St. Barths is an adventure in itself. You'll fly in to the Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten and hop on a tiny plane over to St. Barths. The airport is small and you'll find car rentals as soon as you land.
The hotel and resort hub in St. Barths is in St. Jean, while gorgeous villas and boutique hotels are scattered across the island.
Check out our Eat, Stay, Do guide on St. Barths to find out our recommendations on where to say.
WHAT TO DO
- Have lunch in Gustavia, Nikki Beach and/or Eden Rock
- Rent a moped and explore the island
- Watch the sunset at Do Brazil on Shell beach
- Get a massage at Le Sereno
- Swim with turtles at Grand Cul-de-Sac beach
- Trek up to the look out point at Columbier Orientation Table
- Go shopping in St. Jean & Gustavia
- Hit the beaches
- Eat your way around the island, check our Eat, Stay, Do guide for ideas
- Party at Le Ti St. Barth, Tom Beach Hotel ( on a Friday) or the Yacht Club
- Have Brunch at Hotel Le Tony
WHAT TO EAT
You'll find row after row of gourmet restaurants in St. Barths serving exquisite, fresh French Caribbean cuisine and international options. The passion for fine-dining on this island seeps through into the mouth-watering food. You'll find most dishes are classic French with a Caribbean twist and international accents. Look a little further and you'll discover creole dishes like stuffed crab and cod-fish fritters.
Check out our Eat, Stay Do guide here for more of an idea of where to eat in St. Barths.
WHAT TO BUY
The main shopping districts in St. Barths are Gustavia and St. Jean. You'll find designer stores tucked between pharmacies, boulangeries and cigar shops overflowing with beach-chic, trendy locals and tourists.
Check out Quai de la Republique and Rue de Roi Oscar II opposite the Gustavia harbour for stylish fashion finds and French-couture designer bags, belts and shoes.
THINGS TO BRING
- Your wallet - Vacationing in St. Barths is costly
- A stylish wardrobe to fit in with the trendy locals - check out post on how to pack for St. Barths here
- Sunscreen, you'll be hitting the beach hard
- Sneakers to walk off all the calories
- Underwater camera
- Rain poncho in case of a shower
For more on what to bring: How to Pack for St. Barths
- Grand Sailine
- Gouverneur Beach
- St. Jean Beach
- Flamands Beach
- Colombier Beach
- Lorient Beach
- Grand Cul-de-Sac
- Shell Beach
For more on the beaches in St. Barths check out our article The Best Beaches in St. Barths here.
A FEW FRENCH PHRASES TO KNOW
Yes, please/No, thank you- Oui, s'il vous plaît/Non, merci
Please - S'il vous plaît
Thank you- Merci (madame/monsieur)
You're welcome- Il n'y a pas de quoi
Here is/are - Voici...
Hello/Good morning/afternoon - Bonjour, (madame/monsieur)
Hello/Good evening- Bonsoir (madame/monsieur)
Goodbye - Au revoir
Good night - Bonne nuit
How are you? - Comment allez-vous?
Very well, thanks - Très bien, merci
Excuse me - Excusez-moi
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