Resort

Caribbean,
St Barths

Introduction

Between Christmas and New Year, the tiny French island of St Barths hosts a phalanx of movie stars, models, and music moguls who enjoy a fast-paced social whirl set between fabulous yachts and windswept villas. Things slow down the rest of the year when the island revels in both the relaxed charm of the Caribbean and the sophistication of France, with miles of unspoiled beaches, clear azure waters, and breathtaking views.

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Essentials

  1. Getting there – don’t even think about taking the ferry from St Martin. Take the puddle jumpers: WinAir and the St Barth Commuter.
  2. St Barths is polyglot, with French as the official language, but English is widely spoken.
  3. The local currency is the euro but dollars are accepted everywhere.
  4. Modern Mini Coopers and and classic Mini Mokes are popular and better for the narrow roads.
  5. Take a walking tour of Gustavia (named after King Gustav III of Sweden).

Two-hour tour

  • Lone Fox - classic wooden sailboat to charter for sunset cruises — Owner/skipper Ira Epstein

    St Barths

    +590 690 332 685

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    La Banane

    Baie de Lorient

    +590 590 520 300

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  • Dependable chain

    Hotel Guanahani & Spa

    Grand Cul de Sac

    +590 590 529 000

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  • Premium

    Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

    Baie des Flamands

    +590 590 276 181

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Maya's To Go

    Les Galeries du Commerce, St Jean

    +590 590 298 370

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  • Leisurely breakfast

    La Plage

    Tom Beach Hotel, St Jean

    +590 590 528 133

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Bar de l'Oublie

    Rue du Roi Oscar II, Gustavia

    +590 590 277 006

  • Beachfront lunch with friends

    O'Corail

    Grand Cul de Sac

    +590 590 293 327

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  • Authentic Creole lunch

    Au Regal — Sports bar with real Creole food.

    Corossol

    +590 590 278 526

  • Dinner on your own

    La Saintoise — Classic pizza spot offering delivery across the island

    Corossol

    +590 590 276 870

  • Sunset cocktail

    Head to the beach in Corossol with a cold bottle of bubbly from La Cave du Port Franc in Public

    Rue de la République, Gustavia

  • Big dinner with friends

    Bonito

    Rue Lubin Brin, Gustavia

    +590 590 279 696

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  • Dinner for two

    Black Ginger

    Rue Samuel Fahlberg, Gustavia

    +590 590 292 103

  • Dinner with friends

    Victoria's at Carl Gustaf Hotel

    Rue des Normands, Gustavia

    +590 590 297 900

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  • Drink after dinner

    Dõ Brazil

    Shell Beach, Gustavia

    +590 590 290 666

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  • Late drinks

    Yacht Club

    6 Rue Jeanne d'Arc, Gustavia

    +590 590 511 580

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Reading

  • Newsstand

    Oasis — International newspapers, books and stationery.

    Lorient

    +590 590 297 246

Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Check out the straw hats and baskets made from palm fronds and sold in the fishing village of Corossol.

  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    The Pelican Shops

    Boutiques near the beach, St Jean

  • Something for the kids

    Beach toys from Dimanche à la mer

    Vaval Shopping Centre, St Jean

    +590 590 275 613

  • Something for someone you love

    Beautiful contemporary photography from Clic Gallery

    Rue de la République, Gustavia

    +590 590 297 017

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  • Something for yourself

    Relaxing massage or facial at The Spa at the Guanahani hotel

    Grand Cul de Sac

    +590 590 297 017

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Basics

  • Basics

    Pharmacie de la Savane

    St Jean (across from the airport)

    +590 590 276 661

Transport

  • Minivans — Grab one at the port in Gustavia for around-the-island tours in an air-conditioned minivan.

    St Barths

    +590 590 277 059

Limousine/car

  • Premium IV — concierge service

    St Barths

    +590 590 290 007

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Fitness

  • Hiking

    St Barths

    +590 690 634 609

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  • Good gym

    Form Fitness — Everything from workout machines and pilates to yoga and salsa classes.

    St Barths

    +590 590 275 123

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