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Things to do in St. Bart's

This tony tropical island has long been referred to as the St.-Tropez of the Caribbean, but there are plenty of things to do on St. Bart’s, for jet-setters and value-seekers. From retail pilgrimages to Calypso, the island’s most famous boutique, and chic mobile spas to scenic sunset drinks and snorkeling at secluded Anse du Gouverneur beach, activities and attractions abound.

Not surprisingly, travelers look to the rich and famous for what to do on St. Bart’s. Travel + Leisure is on the trail of the well-heeled, guiding you to the best activities and attractions in and around Gustavia, St. Jean, and Corossol—designer “beach chic” shops, markets for gourmet French picnic fixings, and buzzy boîtes where you can rub elbows with champagne in hand. Our St. Bart’s travel guide also has information on more under-the-radar spots—a museum dedicated to shells, a hidden beach accessible only by boat, and more.

Whether you’re ogling the yachts and the One Percent on vacation or in search of a luxurious getaway of your own, look no further for things to do on St. Bart’s, a veritable Paris by the Sea.

  • Anse de Columbier

    This secluded spot appeals to adventurous types, since you can only get here by boat or on foot. Hint: rather than starting from the hilltop in Col... More
  • Anse de l'Orient

    Down the coast from St.-Jean, this quiet crescent is popular with locals and surfers. More
  • Anse des Flamands

    With its soft sand and placid water, Flamands gets our vote. Reserve a beachside table at Le Case de l'Isle (590-590/276-181), at tony Hôtel St.-Ba... More
  • Anse du Gouverneur

    Rarely crowded, Gouverneur is located over a mountain pass and down a steep hill on the island's south end. It's no-frills, so pack snacks.   Cre... More
  • Baie de St.-Jean

    Lined with some of the island's top hotels (Eden Rock) and loudest clubs (Nikki Beach), this high-wattage strand is the place for people-watching. ... More
  • Bar at Eden Rock

    It's hard to believe Nikki Beach is only steps away from such an elegant waterfront bar, built atop the rock that gives the oldest hotel on the isl... More
  • Café Santa Fe

    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. More
  • Calypso

    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 c... More
  • Christiane Celle

    In the sleek, cementfloored space, you'll find tunics and wrap dresses in crinkled silk that are perfect for travel.   Created by the editors of ... More
  • Grand Saline Beach

    A short hike over a rocky path opens onto a wide, white-sand stretch. Depending on the winds, the water can be rough. For lunch, head to the open-a... More
  • Inter Oceans Museum

    Check out the shells from around the world, collected by a wizened old man who claims he hasn’t found anything on St. Bart’s since tourism took off... More
  • Kiwi St. Tropez

    You need to look good at all times on St. Bart's—particularly on the beach. So come here for mix-and-match bathing suits in a rainbow of colors and... More
  • Le Minimart

    For a beach picnic, stock up on French delicacies: jambon cru; pork rillettes; Camembert. More
  • Ligne St. Barth

    The mobile spa uses ingredients sourced from the area, such as roucou oil, a natural sun protectant. More
  • Lolita Jaca

    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... More

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