Getting to St. Barth (or St. Barthélemy) may involve a few steps, but trust us — you will be rewarded for your effort. Most flights, including those from New York, require a stopover in St. Martin's Princess Juliana International Airport before taking a quick puddle jumper (15 minutes) to your final destination. We recommend booking with St. Barth Commuter, which is extremely professional and reliable. If small planes make you uneasy, you can take a high-speed ferry (45 minutes) through Great Bay Express.
If you want to explore the many beaches around the island, you should rent a car. Although you can take taxis around the island, renting a car is more economical as taxis can get quite pricey.
A trip to St. Barth is ideal for honeymooners looking to savor the good life. This magical island manages to maintain the class of the French Riviera while retaining the charm and warm atmosphere of the Caribbean. Everything on the island is chic while not being showy. The island's languorous lifestyle encourages indulgence in everything, whether you're hoping to sun yourself on one of the island's white sand beaches, treat yourself to world-class designer shopping, spoil yourself with delicious French and Creole-inspired cuisine or party until dawn at one of its many hip nightclubs. Whatever you're looking to experience, St. Barth has a certain je ne sais quoi that keeps its chi-chi clientele coming back.
The sun is almost always shining on St. Barth, which is just one of the reasons it's such a desirable locale. Peak season runs from about Thanksgiving through March, but April through June are pleasant times to visit as well. Be warned that the weather can get dicey on occasion during hurricane season, which is from July through November, so if you're looking for a good deal, we recommend visiting during May or June when the weather is still gorgeous but peak season has ended. Try to avoid visiting during the winter holidays as prices skyrocket, and it's one of the rare occasions when the island may feel overcrowded.
In our opinion, there is only one place to stay if you're looking to capture the true spirit of St. Barth and that is Tom Beach Hotel. It is one of the island's outstanding gems. This stylish beachside boutique hotel always has something fabulous going on at its hip restaurant, La Plage (run by an original owner of hotspot, Le Ti St. Barth). Anyone who is anyone has been here, including Demi Moore, Naomi Watts and island regular, Jimmy Buffett. The staff is extremely welcoming, attentive and kind — not to mention gorgeous. Rooms are casual yet chic and feature four-poster beds, high ceilings, modern bathrooms with rain showers, flat screen TVs and iPod docks. Nestled in St. Jean, Tom Beach Hotel has a prime location situated directly on one of the island's best beaches and is only a short walk from the small town of St. Jean. There are only 12 rooms here, and with surprisingly affordable prices (for St. Barth at least), they book up quickly.
St. Barth is the perfect place to “sea" and be seen. Enjoy its world-class beaches, designer shops and most interesting people watching.
Every visitor, sun worshiper or not, must check out the pristine and picturesque beaches of St. Barth. With so many to choose from, it will be hard to pick your favorite.
Those looking to enjoy the open waters of St. Barth can rent jet-skis, sailboards or other water sports equipment on most of the beaches.
For fitness buffs, check out an Aquabiking class, which is basically Spinning underwater. Get fit and get a tan at the same time! Courses are now offered at Tom Beach Hotel twice a week!
Our favorite restaurant on the island is La Plage, a trendy restaurant with plenty of romantic appeal. This beachfront supper club sports an authentic St. Barth vibe: a festive atmosphere, a sandy dining room floor and a gorgeous view of the water. What more could you ask for? The menu offers the same authentic island spirit: fresh, local fish, French-influenced dishes and indulgent items like creamy lobster pasta. La Plage hosts weekly theme parties and almost always has live entertainment. Friday nights offer the island's famous "I Love Fridays" party, featuring chic, upscale dining and a fire show. On Saturdays, the restaurant serves "Bikini Brunch," which is reminiscent of Nikki Beach — only more fun! On Sunday evenings, La Plage hosts "Lolo DeLuxe," a beachside barbecue with a casual, relaxed vibe and live music. Be sure to try the lobster fritters, tuna tartar and homemade sorbet. You're welcome.
For an incredibly romantic meal, La Gaiac, located in Hotel Le Toiny, offers exceptional cuisine and stunning views overlooking the hotel's infinity pool, as well as the bay of Toiny. If you go for dinner, be sure to try the truffle pasta made table-side in a giant wheel of cheese. The Sunday Brunch is also incredible — probably the best outside of Paris.
If you're looking to have a beer and a burger with the island regulars, check out Le Select. This restaurant inspired Jimmy Buffett's famous tune, “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and you must order exactly that.
The Pink Parrot is a great beach bar that serves up sea-front cocktails and great paninis in a laid-back, casual environment.
To experience the world famous cooking by Jean-Georges Vongerichten in St. Barth, visit On The Rocks at Eden Rock Hotel. This restaurant has breathtaking views of the water and coral reefs, not to mention exquisite cocktails and cuisine.
Because this is an island for the rich and famous, prepare for high prices. A vacation here doesn't come cheap, so expect to spend a pretty penny on food, drinks and especially shopping. Also, just a heads up (or down) that most beaches have a number of nude sunbathers.
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
SheKnows is making some changes!