Published: February, 2018

St. Barths, Caribbean

I want to go back as soon as the plane takes off. My bags are always packed.
— Kate Ripple
  • More about your oliver guide:
  • Trip type: Adult, Beach
  • Activity level: easy
  • Ideal length of trip: 7-10 DAYS (FROM WEST COAST), 4-5 DAYS (FROM EAST COAST)

to & from

From West Coast red eye flight via Charlotte…then onto St. Maarten…then puddle jumper on WinAir to SBH. REnt a jeep and explore!

Where to Stay

  • Rent a villa and pretend you live there. We have used Wimco and loved our villas.
  • There is not "bad side" of the island, go with the best villa available. You want a view and a pool.

Where to Eat and Drink

What to Do

  • Hike to Colombier
  • Beach days at Isle de France and Saline
  • Sunday afternoon party at Nikki Beach
  • Sailboat trip with Miguel from Saint Barths Sailor
  • Dress up in costume at Le Ti. A must.
  • Dance on the tables at Bagatelle.
  • SHOP in St. Jean (boutiques near Nikki Beach) and Gustavia (small chic boutiques).

inside scoop

  • While the landing can cause your heart to skip, it's worth saving the time to fly vs. taking a ferry from St. Maarten.
  • If you lose your US cell phone while on SBH, there is a mobile phone store in town. You can buy a new phone but they can only issue you only a local SBH phone number (unless you have your SIM card)!
  • Less is more when it comes to packing. All you need are a few suits and cover-ups... and you'll want to shop!
  • Learn some French before you go...you don't need to be fluent, but a little goes a long way. Locals are VERY friendly if you don't have an attitude!

skip it

Island is too small…skip nothing!

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