St. Bart's

St. Bart's Travel Guide

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

For a beach picnic, stock up on French delicacies: jambon cru; pork rillettes; Camembert.

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 patterns.

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 in the 1970’s.

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.


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.


Down the coast from St.-Jean, this quiet crescent is popular with locals and surfers.

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.

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).

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.


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.

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.-Barth Isle de France.

Check out the scene at this legendary beach club, where the champagne flows freely during Sunday's Tahiti Party. Skip the overpriced (and underwhelming) food and stick with drinks. Tip: reservations are vital.

This hole-in-the-wall jewelry shop carries sea-themed baubles and antique pieces from around the globe.

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-air restaurant Le Grain de Sel (Grand Saline Beach; 590-590/524-605; lunch for two $80), a five-minute drive away.