Niche Travel Guides: The best things to do in St Barts

At just 25km2 (9.6 square miles), St Barts is one of the smaller Caribbean islands. However, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Follow our lead as we explore the best beaches for surfing (hint: check out St Jean beach), the island’s best routes for hiking, how to book a charter yacht and (because you’ll be ready to put your feet up) the best spas in St Barts.

The best things to do in St Barts

Discovering the best things to do in St Barts

Over the past decade, we’ve rambled, swam, paddled and even jet skied our way around the island in order to create the ultimate guide. Inside, you’ll find our favourite picnic spots, the best time to visit the natural pools of Grand Fond, where to do watersports in St Barts and our favourite bars for an après waveski. 

Duty free shopping in Gustavia

Shopping might not be the first thing you think of when planning a Caribbean trip, but it should be. You’ll find many of the big-name designer brands in Gustavia (think Hermes and Louis Vuitton). We also love exploring the island’s many unique boutiques and finding the perfect gifts to bring home. If you’d like to explore some of our favourite shopping spots, take a peek at our guide before your next trip. 

The best spas in St Barts

Whether you need to unwind at the end of a busy work year, or detox after a night dancing on the beach, you’ll find the perfect treatment to sooth your soul (or soles!) in St Barts. From the Nordic baths of Le Spa at Le Barthlémy hotel to the ocean-front treatment rooms at Hotel Christopher, follow our guide to the best spas in St Barts

Water sports in St Barts

From kayaking to jet skiing, paddle boarding to yacht charters, we’ve put the island’s many water-based adventures to the test. In our guide, you’ll find everything you need to plan an exhilarating day out and make the most of the island’s warm seas. 

Evening cocktails and live music

No trip to St Barts would be complete without sampling at least a few of the rums the Caribbean is so famous for. You’ll find a myriad of cocktail bars across the island, as well as live music venues and nightclubs. Find the perfect place to sip on a sunset rum punch in our guide to nightlife in St Barts.

Colombier Beach St Barts

Hiking

Whether you’re hopping between bays, hiking to a secluded cove or taking a dip in the pools of water left at low tide, exploring St Barts on foot is endlessly rewarding.

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Colombier Beach St Barts

Picnic at the beach

Believe it or not, you can still find little coves where there aren’t any bars or restaurants. Our recommendation? Pick one, pack a picnic and prepare to fall in love.

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