While St Barts is understandably famous for its sun-soaked beaches – including the charming Corossol, unique Shell Beach and the isolated haven of Colombier – there’s so much more to discover on this Caribbean island. From tropical landscapes and gastronomic delights to empty bays and steep volcanic slopes, there’s an abundance of things to do here. Sample the good life with drinks and dancing at the island’s top nightlife spots or go full-glitz and join the super-rich on a charter yacht for the day. Whichever you decide, rest assured you’re in for a good time on St Barts.
Spend a week sailing around St Barts by booking a private cabin on a Dream Yacht Charter boat.
When a restaurant has a fancy dress room, you know it’s not going to be your average night out. Boudoir-themed – with a naughty cabaret show to match º and dancing on the tables once dinner is done, Le Ti has been St Barts’ nightspot of choice since 1995. Choose from a sit-down dinner, followed by a cabaret show, or visit the busy bar area – which caters for those who come just for the cocktails and entertainment. Get here before 7pm for Happy Hour and tapas – order the menu staple of prime rib and a Ruby Margarita, select yourself a costume and be sure to take a pic.
Luxury dining in a jungle setting, the Tamarin restaurant’s open-sided dining space emerges from a canopy of palms, hibiscus flowers and lily ponds. You’ll find at its centre the ancient tamarind tree from where the place gets its name. Verdant and relaxed, order from a wine list with over 200 vintages and take your pick from the diverse menu with dishes like yellow tuna ceviche and fresh pasta with black truffle. Cap the day off at nearby Anse de Grande Saline with sundowner cocktails – think lychee, ginger, and champagne – as the light begins to fade.
Once one of three forts that surrounded Gustavia, there’s not much remaining today of this defensive structure. However, the 30m-high (98ft) hill on which it sits is a popular hike. Reach the top for views across to Shell Beach and over the red rooftops and harbour of Gustavia.
Like a jet ski for your hands, Seabobs are a form of underwater scooter that allows you to glide with ease, above or below the waves. After a quick course in how to use them, go for a snorkel tour, head to picturesque spots to view rays and tropical fish and cruise the bays. Moving at speed, Seabobs are an adrenaline rush – so if you prefer a slower-paced look at wildlife, be sure to add a traditional snorkel tour to your trip, too.
Walk through the stretching palm fronds and take a seat below the wooden canopy. Located amid a tropical garden in the heart of Gustavia, Eddy’s Ghetto is a well-known fixture in St Barts. The menu blends French and Creole flavours for a rich, flavoursome take on fresh local ingredients. Try the mahi-mahi with passion sauce, or the seared wahoo with ginger sauce and Thai basil – our top pick has to be the Creole curry goat, though.