Welcome to St Barts, where the rich come to frolic amidst crystal clear water, deserted white sand beaches, and lavish villas boasting insane panoramas. Somehow I was able to sneak in, and let me tell you, it was luxurious and absurdly gorgeous…I can see why they want to keep it for themselves. Read on for what to do in St Barts…
St Barts can be a bit pricey for a long vacation, but for a quick winter getaway, it absolutely hits the spot and will give you that dose of sunshine you’re desperately craving (Seasonal Affective Disorder, be gone!) I know you’re frantically Googling flights for this coming weekend, so while you solve the transportation end, let me help you with a list of what to do in St Barts:
Governor’s Beach (Anse de Gouverneur)
This was my favorite beach on the island. When I arrived, it was completely deserted—like zero other human beings around. Spend some quality time reading your favorite novel, and enjoy the sight of nude granny sunbathers….wait, what is that you ask?? Well, at some point during my book, several ladies of the 60+ crowd decided to join me on my deserted beach, strip down, and play in the ocean. If this happens, have a drink and go back to your book. Not really sure what proper etiquette is in such a situation.
St Jean’s Bay (Baie de St Jean)
If you’ve had your fill of relaxing, head to Baie de St Jean—the top beach for people-watching, partying, and getting your drink on. Make some new friends and dance the night (or day) away!
Rent a Car
Take a drive through Grand Fond and pull over whenever it tickles your fancy. It’s an easy way to check out all of the beaches that St Barts has to offer, and a perfect refreshing alternative to a toasty beach day.
As the capital of St Barts, Gustavia is home to some amazing (read: expensive) shops, tasty restaurants, and endless opportunities to explore. While I was there, I made sure to check out the downtown area, the fort overlooking the bay (with honestly unbelievable views), and a sand cemetery.
Typically, I’m not a huge cemetery person, because you know…dead people, but this one is surprisingly picturesque and definitely worth a visit.
Pretend to be a Billionaire
One of my favorite things about St Barts was the pure glitz and glam image it projected. Millionaires and celebrities flock to this little island, oftentimes in yachts. Spend some quality time being jealous of their boats and imagining yourself there one day…if not, I hear they’re always looking for deck crews (plus side: you get cute little uniforms to wear!)
Boat Happy Hour
It’s a well-known fact that drinks taste better on a boat, so make friends with some rich yachties I mentioned above, or a sunset cruise will also work. In any case, St Barts sunsets are a must-see while you’re on the island.
Ile Fourche is a deserted island off the coast of St Barts. Wikipedia tells us that its only inhabitants are goats…so obviously I had to check it out. Sailing to Ile Fourche is 100% a unique experience. Arrive there with a picnic lunch (remember, deserted islands = no lunch options), and spend some time hiking the island. You can grab some breathtaking views of the ocean, while at the same time sweating off some of those frozen daiquiris you’ve been sipping on the beach.
Tree House Restaurant
Last but not least, find a tree house restaurant and enjoy that delicious seafood. I’ll warn you that St Barts is definitely not a budget vacation, but the food is oh so worth it. The tree house part is just a scenic bonus!
Bottom Line: St Barts is insanely beautiful, offers a boatload (see what I did there—boat puns) of activities, and is an amazing place to get a taste of the high life. Check it out for a winter getaway and soak in that sunshine for me!