St. Bart's Travel Guide
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.
In the sleek, cementfloored space, you'll find tunics and wrap dresses in crinkled silk that are perfect for travel.
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 island its name.
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 Columbier (a 20-minute hike), it's easier to take the path that begins just past Flamands Beach, near the Auberge de la Petite Anse.
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.
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.
The shop carries bold pink tops and white Turkish towels edged with multicolored pom-poms.
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.
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.
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.
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.