St. Barts Travel Guide: Play, Stay, Eat on the Swankiest Caribbean Island

St. Barts, St. Barth,  St. Barths or Saint-Barthelemy is the go-to place for Hollywood celebrities and the world’s elite travelers.

It’s within reach even for luxury lovers with little loot. This volcanic island lies 22 miles southeast of the island of St. Martin and north of St. Kitts in the French West Indies.

You can sip champagne on the beach and shop for a $50,000 Louis Vuitton hammock by day, then dream blissfully in a butler-staffed villa or posh hotel at night.

Shop and eat in Gustavia

One of the best things to do in St. Barts is simply to walk around its colorful streets, enjoy the architecture of mixed European influences and find a seat in one of the cafés by the bay.



Go wreck diving at Kayali

Scuba diving is another one of the top things to do in St. Barths. One of the popular shipwreck diving spots is Kayali. This trawler sunk in 1994 and lies at a depth of just under 100 feet.


Relax at one of  St. Barts’ secluded beaches

The scenery is also a visual treat – most of the beaches are surrounded by dramatic landscapes of lush jungle and hills.


Kitesurf at Grand Cul de Sac

Kitesurfing is a popular activity in St. Barts. One of the best places to fly through the wind is Grand Cul de Sac on the Atlantic side of the island, where consistent trade winds blow.

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