St Barts is renowned for its beaches, luxe resorts, luxury villas and amazing views of the island’s landscape complimented with tantalizing French cuisine and designer shopping. The island also offers a range of hiking, watersports and recreational opportunities. Here’s our list of the best things to do in St Barts – whether it’s soaking up the sun at the beach, strolling through Gustavia or filling the need for thrill and adventure.
On the shore scene, St Barts has many beautiful beaches perfect for sightseeing, sunbathing, snorkeling and watersports. Join the locals on Sundays for a festive party at Shell Beach and enjoy tropical cocktails and lunch beachfront at Shellona, or book a St Barts boat charter and escape to Colombier beach. Whatever your type of beach, you’re sure to find it at one of the 22 public beaches here! This is a list of our favorite beaches in St Barts.
Book Seabob Tours and Rentals at Shell Beach. The Seabob is an electrical underwater scooter or DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle). You’re sure to enjoy this experience: leisurely gliding, controlled driving, and safe diving under water with the Seabob! You’ll move through the water like a dolphin, both on the surface and at depth. Darting about with such ease and agility really makes a dream come true for mankind.
St Jean Beach is the go-to beach on the island for SUP and Kayak Adventure in St Barts. The beach itself is blessed with glistening white sand and turquoise waters making it ideal for watersports in St Barts like kayaking and paddling. Children and adults alike will enjoy the watersport opportunities here. Book a SUP/ Kayak Excursion in St Barts and discover the beautiful bay of St Jean.
Takinga. Jet Ski ride in St Barts is perhaps one of the more exciting ways to discover the beautiful landscape and scenery of the island. Booking a Jet Ski ride in St Barts is perfect for a fun day at sea that the entire family can enjoy.
Dive locations in St Barts are not deep and both beginner and advanced divers will have fun exploring the underwater world in St Barts. Sea life is teeming with colorful reefs, sharks, turtles, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, lobsters and several species of tropical fish. Perfect for the entire family, book a 1-hour excursion on the Yellow Submarine and head out to the Marine Park to find Dory aboard a 22-seat submersible vessel. You’re sure to enjoy this tour viewing the vibrant reefs from glass windows six feet under the water.
Whether you want to book a Catamaran Sailing Lesson in St Barts or simply enjoy a fun day with friends or loved ones, sailing is a very popular sport around the beautifully blue waters of St Barts. In fact, one of the best ways to experience the island is to book a St Barts boat charter. There are also annual events that take place around sailing in St Barts. The famous St Barts Bucket Regatta takes place every year in March, followed by the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth event in April. Even if competitive sailing is not your sport, the festive atmosphere created is surely something you won’t want to miss!
There are so many ways to explore the 8sq miles of this idyllic tropical paradise. One of the most rewarding of them is hiking around the beautiful island. With so many options on offer for all levels of activity, check out these hiking tours in St Barts that will take you from roaming around Gustavia to coastal hikes to some of the best beaches and natural pools on St Barts.
The Natural Pools in St Barts have to be amongst the island’s hidden treasures. Located near Anse du Petit Cul-de-Sac, you’ll have to book a St Barts hiking trip here to experience these natural wonders. The hike here will take around 30 minutes but we promise you it’ll be worth it. Dip in, and float and swim in utter tranquility!
Incorporate a healthy, conscious lifestyle into your St Barts vacation that touches upon physical, spiritual and emotional levels of wellbeing. Book a St Barts Massage and have a masseuse meet you at your hotel, villa or yacht for a session. Options for Yoga Classes in St Barts include a range of styles like Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin – or simply meditation. When you book one of these activities you’ll quickly rediscover the island using the backdrop of nature and sea.
Renting a Mini Cooper in St Barts is a great way to get around and discover the island. At just 10sq miles you can ride around the entire island in about an hour. Start in St Jean and visit a boutique for hand-made crafts, then hit the road and head to the wild east side with a stop at Le Toiny, a cliffside hotel for foie gras frites. Lounge poolside and soak up the sun with fantastic seaviews as far as St Kitts and Nevis. Don’t overlook the speedbumps on the main road as you take in the coastal scenery on your way to Gustavia. Stop at the Wall House Museum and take in some local history.
Believe it or not, there are indoor attractions on St Barts that don’t involve restaurants. The Inter Oceans Museum and Wall House Museum in Gustavia give visitors a chance to see a huge assortment of sea shells, or background on the French and Swedish history behind the island during their stay. There is also the St Barth Municipal Museum for those who want that historical and cultural background in even more detail, in the form of historical documents and photographs. The municipal Museum also features an exhibition on plant and animal life on the island, past and present.
Head to the main town of Gustavia and this is where you’ll find all the designer boutique and name brands like Hermès, Cartier, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and so much more! Don’t miss the local designers like Lolita Jaca for chic, boho inspired caftans and Mignot for their pearl jewelery. You’ll also find a great mix of European makeup and skin care products at the pharmacies.
If you’re heading to Saline Beach, be sure to stop by Le Grain de Sel, a great lunch spot in the area! Serving up a creole menu with flavorful spices, the coconut chicken is a must try! Complimented by a cold beer (or two), you’re sure to have a savory meal and chill time here!
No trip to St Barts is complete without a visit to Nikki Beach. Known for its signature décor and beach front beds, it’s the go-to destination on St Barts for a great time to the sounds of chill-out lounge music with a live DJ, day and night! A St Barts Boat Charter is also a great way to experience Nikki Beach.
Head to Le Ti St. Barth for a wild night out! Bring your sense of humor and be prepared to dance on the tables until dawn as Le Ti St. Barth hosts a burlesque show every evening. If you’re on the island during a full moon, this is the place you need to be for an over-the-top Full Moon Party.
Bienvenue à St. Barth! Or, Welcome to St Barts in English! Take a fun 1-hour Language Class in St Barts and you’ll learn about the exciting history and how to find your way around the island and converse basic expressions with the local people. Popular classes include topics such as Practical Vocabulary, Visiting the Boulangerie and ordering your favorite pastries, Parlez-vous fromage (buying cheese), restaurant role play and wine tastings – wine included!