Discover Saint Barths
With its reputation for lavish lifestyle and high-roller antics—after all this is where St. Tropez’s Nikki Beach claimed its first sister beach club—the French island of St. Barthélemy merits its iconic persona and not by just being beautiful, but also wonderfully sophisticated. Just 22 miles southeast of St. Martin, the volcanic island is completely surrounded by shallow reefs making it ideal for snorkelers as well as surfers and kite-surfers, while the dramatic elevation changes afford visitors spectacular vistas and some challenging hikes.
Notable for its popularity among celebrities and the ultra-wealthy, St. Barths is a veritable retail mecca. The island’s main port, Gustavia, is duty-free allowing for high-end retailers to set up shop creating a high street, of sorts, while the multitude of one-off boutiques, especially those in St. Jean, reward with unique french-inspired clothing and accessories—the island is the home of the successful Calypso brand. The island’s 22 beaches are each distinct, with only 15 of them swimmable. Gouveneur, Saline and St. Jean beaches are among the favorites for bathers while Anse de Grand Fond and Grand Cul de Sac boast striking views and tucked-away beachside cafes respectively. The best thing about St. Barths, however, is not the beach, nor the shopping, though both are exceptional, but rather the fresh french cuisine due to a weekly supply boat from France, which brings not just fresh produce and meat, but more importantly, a healthy supply of foie gras and Rosé wine, which might just be designated as the island’s national cuisine.
Know Before You Go
1. Dining out in St. Barths is a ritual and there are many worthwhile restaurants from which to choose, be sure to mix in those with a Creole element though to ensure a true taste of the island, such as Le Gaiac and Maya’s.
2. The nightlife in St. Barths is another big draw and ranges from live music at Bas Bar and table top-dancing at Bagatelle to cabaret at Le Ti and late night options at Le Yacht Club and newcomer, The First Lounge Bar, just above Le Yacht Club.
3. Given the french influence, the Marche (supermarket) and bakeries have deliciously fresh options making take-away ideal as well as cooking at home.
Getting to St. Barts
Tradewind Shuttle scheduled flights are available to St Barths from San Juan (SJU), St Thomas (STT), Antigua (ANU) and Nevis (NEV):
Private Charter flights are available to St Barths in our local fleet of Pilatus PC-12s and from the U.S. (via Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I) in our fleet of Citation Jets: