Gustavia

Gustavia Travel Guide

A misnomer, Shell Beach has, sadly, few shells. The sand itself (gray, rough) isn't top-quality, but the placid cove is ideal for kids. For a lunch of lemongrass shrimp, book a table on the second floor of the Asian-influenced Do Brazil (590-590/290-666).

Affiliated with Sotheby's, this boutique agency's 150 properties are located solely on St. Bart's and, unlike most of its competitors, it has an on-island office.

The island's best-known shop was opened in 1992 by Christiane Celle—but she sold the brand name here and opened another shop. These days, Calypso carries big lines like Missoni and YSL.

 

Pick up snorkeling gear here and head to secluded Gouverneur Beach, where you’ll spot angelfish, sergeant majors, sea turtles, and the occasional nurse shark.

Laguiole knives with the outline of St. Bart's imprinted on the handle, shell-encrusted mirrors, and local spices fill the shelves in this tiny little housewares shop. But the secret weapon is the flavored rums, which the owners make in vanilla, passion fruit, ginger, chocolate, and more.

One of the latest boîtes-with-a-view in Gustavia, the Strand is also great for cocktails in its champagne lounge draped with white curtains, where banquettes line the walls and a DJ spins sultry beats.

 

Owners Fabienne and Virginie Jaca are known for the kimono-sleeve dresses rendered in sexy silk or pretty block-print cotton sold in this sliver of a boutique in Gustavia's Carré d'Or shopping complex.

On a high peak, this informal restaurant has a small bar and an island panorama—perfect to watch the sunset while you sip Ti punch and Carib beer.

The shop carries bold pink tops and white Turkish towels edged with multicolored pom-poms.

Even if you're not in the market for a 150-year-old wooden Buddha from Mandalay or a $10,880 vintage Vespa, this shop, in an antique former residence, is worth stopping by. It also stocks embroidered Indian bedcovers and bright silk pillows.