St. Bart's Travel Guide

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Native son Enguerrand Espinassou runs stand-up paddleboarding and kiteboarding lessons from his small stand next to Le Barthélemy Hotel along Grand Cul... Read More

At this sidewalk café in the main port's ritzy shopping area, try the chef's expertly seasoned Greek plates, such as an airy puff pastry with... Read More

This unspoiled, secluded spot appeals to adventurous types, since you can only get here by boat or on foot. Rather than starting from the hilltop in... Read More

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

On the southern side of the island, follow the signs for Saline, and park at the very end of the road. A short hike over a rocky path opens onto a wide,... Read More

Of the 22 beaches on St. Bart’s, this is easily in the top five because of its remote, end-of-the-earth feel. To get there, you have to drive down a... Read More

This family-run tavern, restaurant, and sports club lies near the town entrance and serves simple, Creole-style seafood. In the one-story building with... Read More

Parisian chef Guy Martin’s outpost at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa is worth visiting for the seaside setting alone. A handful of the white-linen clad... Read More

Sure, the food by chef Sofinae Dridi at this chic Gustavia bistro along the marina does not disappoint—dishes like slow-cooked leg of lamb with house... Read More

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

It’s a tough call, but Flamands gets our vote for the best beach on the island. It’s the longest walkable beach at nearly a half-mile long. The... Read More

Just across the street from Le Select and hugging a corner in downtown Gustavia, Bar De L’Oubli has been around since 1981. A favorite with locals, it’s... Read More

Located within the luxury Hotel Guanahani on St. Barthelemy’s eastern coast, this upscale spot draws a dinner crowd for the innovative, French... Read More

If you’re looking to stock your home with something colorful or buy a unique gift for a friend, this bohemian home goods store is the place to do it.... Read More

Founded by Maryvonne and Gérard Mignot, this shop in the heart of downtown Gustavia is set in a small wooden house, and is stocked with one-of-a-kind... Read More

Executive chef Laurent Cantineaux and chef de cuisine Ronan Mahe whip up light ceviche dishes at this Gustavia hotspot, where it’s not unusual to see... Read More

The island’s best-known shop was founded by Christiane Celle in 1992, and has since gone on to become an international brand synonymous with gypset... Read More

LVMH has transformed one of the island’s prime pieces of real estate into an unabashedly luxe resort that still manages to feel warm and welcoming. A... Read More

In the sleek, cementfloored space, you'll find tunics and wrap dresses in crinkled silk that are perfect for travel. ... Read More

Christiane Celle, the founder of Calypso, has moved on to open this incredible concept store in Gustavia. Here, she carries an impressive selection of... Read More

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... Read More

A little piece of advice: Eddy’s doesn’t really get going until 9 p.m. That’s when locals—the regulars—start coming to this affordable gem with a lovely... Read More

Before St. Bart’s became what it is today, there was Eden Rock—the island’s first hotel, built on a tiny, rocky outcropping back in 1950. The guests... Read More

Technically St. Bart’s longest beach—though due to some rocky parts, you can’t walk from one end to the other—Grand Cul de Sac is protected by a reef,... Read More

Finding a bargain on St. Bart’s can be a challenge. But this intimate, family-owned property delivers a stellar beachfront location—it’s set on the... Read More

French entrepreneur Jacques Laurent built the 14-room Hotel Carl Gustaf in 1991 after he had been vacationing with his family on St. Bart’s for... Read More

Built into a gently sloping hillside, the resort has just 14 one-bedroom and one three-bedroom independent villas, all with wide-open water views,... Read More

Space. Seclusion. Sophistication. All come at a premium at this 14-room property, which cascades down a hillside over 42 acres on the wild southeast... Read More

Set on a hill just above the town of St.-Jean, this intimate hotel, which is run by the Charneau family, has been in business since 1969. It’s another... Read More

Situated directly on Lorient Beach, this relatively affordable hotel makes up for its modest design with a prime location on the water. Just yards from... Read More

Many of the rooms at this beachfront property, which sits at the eastern edge of Flamands Bay, are set high in the hills (so bring your sneakers—you’ll... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Just steps from Saline Beach, this open-air restaurant serves a globally inspired menu that changes daily to incorporate the freshest available local... Read More

Beloved by both locals and visitors, this upscale Italian favorite wouldn’t feel out of place in a fashionable city like Milan or Paris. No, you won’t... Read More

It comes as no surprise that this French West Indies island, with its white-sand beaches, over-the-top villas, and celebrity devotees, should be home to... Read More

For an elegant lunch, nothing beats the seaside restaurant at the Cheval Blanc hotel, with its white tablecloths, wooden floors, campaign chairs, and... Read More

St Bart's is famous for its seaside restaurants—but not all of them are as casual or relaxed as this tiny open-air gem on Grand Cul de Sac, which is... Read More

Do yourself a favor and try the Creole cod fritters or the grilled spiny lobster at the hotel’s casual restaurant, with one of the best-priced... Read More

La Petite Colombe, a neighborhood patisserie in Lorient (with locations in Gustavia and Colmbier, too), specializes in freshly baked breads and pastries... Read More

The newest spa to come to the island is set below ground, at Le Barthélemy (an atrium is open to the sky, allowing light to flood in). The earth-toned... Read More

The first newly built hotel on St. Bart’s in 20 years, the long-awaited Le Barthélemy made its debut in the fall of 2016. Here’s why it’s a hit so far:... Read More

After ordering one too many pricy glasses of wine, are you ready to buy your own bottle and share it in your hotel room? Come straight to this excellent... Read More

Situated with views of Hotel Le Toiny’s infinity pool and the Caribbean beyond, Le Gaïac serves French cuisine with a Creole influence. Chef... Read More

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... Read More

Luxurious without a whiff of pretension, Le Guanahani is ideal for families, particularly those with small children, since it’s the only hotel on the... Read More

Lobster salad with mango marmalade, house- made french fries, and vivaneau (red snapper) a la plancha are standouts at this hotel restaurant, where... Read More

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

It’s hard to believe, but the island got its first wine bar only a year ago when Sophie Donzeau opened Le Papillon Ivre, a gem in the town of St.-Jean.... Read More

You’ve probably heard that crooner Jimmy Buffet wrote his song, “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” about this kitschy dive bar in the center of Gustavia. So... Read More

A perfect getaway for couples, this 36-room, Christian Liagre-designed property, which feels like a modern take on a colonial hideaway, occupies a 600... Read More

Reservations are a must at this boudoir-themed club, which puts on one hell of a cabaret show that’s definitely not for the kids. The dimly lit bar and... Read More

The island’s homegrown, all-natural beauty brand has a tiny store in the center of Gustavia (in addition to one in L’Orient). The pure, clean scents of... Read More

St.-Jean has some wonderful small boutiques, including this tiny store around the corner from Nikki Beach. The owner, Virginie Marquant, stocks an... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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

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

Situated on the Gustavia waterfront and run by a husband and wife team since 1984, Maya's Restaurant cooks up Creole tastes from seafood ingredients... Read More

One of the best ways to experience St. Bart’s is to grab a picnic basket from Maya’s To Go and drive to one of the more isolated beaches like Saline or... Read More

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

Renowned for their DJ-fueled parties avec bottle service, the Nikki Beach brand now has multiple venues across the world—and the St. Bart’s outpost... Read More

If you’re looking for a deal that doesn’t sacrifice style, check in to this eight-suite property. Inspired by the luxury liner Normandie,... Read More

What’s the best place to get a glass of rosé on the island? For our money, nothing beats this casual restaurant on Grand Cul de Sac, where there are 24... Read More

If you’re going to blow the budget one night, do so at this unbelievably romantic, Eden Rock establishment that serves food so exquisite, it justifies... Read More

French-Japanese fusion is done to perfection at Orega, a newcomer set in a tiny, historic house in the heart of Gustavia. The owners have since lifted... Read More

Owner Poupette Giraud runs this narrow store in Gustavia, which is a temple to all things boho-chic. The frilly, printed feminine dresses are made from... Read More

Sitting at this newly expanded bar, which is at the top of the Eden Rock Hotel, is like drinking up a piece of St. Bart’s history. The vibe today is... Read More

The affordable hotel's five simple rooms, near the Anse de Grand Salines, are built around a small plunge pool and named after destinations around the... Read More

This hillside restaurant in Lurin, a tiny town you pass through on the way to Gouverneur Beach, is a must-visit for those who prefer a place with a... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

A 200-year-old tamarind tree marks the entrance of this lovely, atmospheric restaurant, which is a perfect stopover on the way to Salines Beach. Run by... Read More

Beachside dining never felt so glamorous. Eden Rock’s Sand Bar, another gem from Jean Georges, is more casual than On-the-Rocks, both in terms of the... Read 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... Read More

Agency: St. Barth PropertiesAffiliated with Sotheby's, this boutique agency's 150 properties are located solely on St. Bart's and, unlike most of its... Read More

Love striped shirts, cozy cardigans, and nautical looks? You’ve found your happy place. This excellent shop selling both men’s and women’s clothing and... Read More

From Caribbean villas on St. Barts to historic New England homes on Nantucket, Wimco specializes in luxury property rentals. Amenities typically include... Read More

While it isn't the height of glamour—picnic tables covered in plastic cloths, Christmas lights strung in the trees—this is the best bargain... Read More

St. Bart’s has some excellent concept stores—this spacious spot off the main drag in St.-Jean, on the road to Salines Beach, is one of them. You won’t... Read More

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