When making plans for your vacation to a new destination, it’s always best to have a general idea of what is locally available so that you may broaden your experience.
With that in mind, we have created a small guide of the best beaches and restaurants to suite everyone’s tastes and desires on the island of St Barts.
There are about 20 spectacular beaches on St Barts, each with its own personality. Few are really crowded, even in peak season. All are public and free. In keeping with its French heritage, topless is common at beaches. Interspersed between all the beaches are any number of our top villa rentals available for you.
St Jean Beach
The most popular beach in St Barts. Conveniently located, it hosts array of beachfront hotels, restaurants and water activities. The Eden Rock hotel, built on a rocky prominence, splits the beach in two. There is always a dramatic landing or take off from the airport to witness.
Shell beach is the only beach located in town, right in the heart of Gustavia. The beach has calm waters but for a little adventure, there’s the possibility to do some cliff-diving or seabob activity, while the famous Shellona restaurant offers lunch, sunbeds and cocktail by the sea.
Stretching out in front of the large private property, this beach has brilliant cobalt waters that are ideal for snorkeling or swimming, a fine stretch of white sand, and relatively few visitors.
One of the larger beaches of the island, this is a true picture postcard area with white sand, turquoise sea and a background of rolling green hills. If you enjoy nude sunbathing, head to the left of the path for the unofficial naturist section of the beach. There are no services or shade on the beach , so be sure to bring food, drinks, umbrellas and chairs.
This gorgeaous, wide and long Caribbean beach, with the restauarnts of Cheval Blanc and La Langouste, has plenty possibilities for excellent dining or lunch. The ocean can get rough at times, but that brings along a wave of fun, excellent for body boarding.
Get a true sense of the traditional culture of St Barts, in a village once home to St Bart’s fishermen, and now home to descendants of the original inhabitants from the Brittany regions of France. Watch villagers of Corossol weave intricate straw baskets, and on special occasions, you can catch the women of the village wearing their traditional dress.
This beach, not as well-known by visitors, has two distinctive parts: to the left lies the reef, which a true hotspot for surfing and hosts the local surf club. To the right is the wider beach within easy water access that is very popular with local families and children.
St Barts’ most remote stretch of sand can only be reach by boat from Gustavia or via a half-hour hike. Park you car at the end of the Flamands road, and follow the trail that starts there all the way to the beach. Also known as Rockefeller beach, Colombier is far from the island’s bustling downtown with calm waters, good snorkeling and privacy. Bring drinks and snacks if you plan to spend the day.
Petit et Grand Cul de Sac
Protected by coral reef, these beaches have the calmest and shallowest waters on St Barts and are both quite popular with families. Grand Cul de Sac is a mecca for windsurfers and kiteboarders, and the beach is lined with hotels, restaurants and water-sports outfitters. Petit Cul de Sac is five minutes by walk from villa Coco Rock.
Anse des Cayes
Anse des cyaes is a popular location for surfers and local beach goers, and rarely crowded. Enjoy some of the amenities of the Manapany hotel, such as the nice, oceanfront restaurant.
The small cove of Marigot is lined by coconut palms, offering a plenty of shade. The beach is popular with locals and is never crowded. The bay is a part of the natural reserve, and is an excellent spot for snorkeling.
Dinner: 6pm -11 pm This candle-lit restaurant is perfect for an in-town romantic setting. With highly praised Italian dishes, L’lsola is a client favorite. Closed Mondays.
If you like I'Isola you will love the little sister Isoletta. Enjoy a great selection of real Pizza and traditional Italian dishes, to go or on site, great set up right in the center of Gustavia. Isoletta proposes delicious breakfast now. Closed Mondays.
Dinner from 7-12am. An excellent restaurant in town with unmatched views of the harbor. The Venezuelan owners have designed an appetizers section with traditional ceviches, tiraditos, and tartares. Closed Wednesdays.
Dinner: 7pm - Midnight. Located in the heart of Gustavia, Black Ginger serves authentic and refined Thai cuisine. Be sure to try Black Ginger to go! Closed Tuesdays.
L’Entracte Dinner: 6.30 - 11 pm (high season). Enjoy a great choice of French and Caribbean brasserie cuisine. Located on the harbor, L’Entracte offers a great option for casual dinner in family or with friends.
Bagatelle Daily 7pm-11 pm. Known for their locations in NYC & LA, Bagatelle mixes DJs, surprises, and great pizza in a waterfront setting.
Dinner only. A new local favorite! French Japanese fusion with friendly service. Go for your sushi roll fix! Closed Sundays.
Lunch 12:30 & 2:30, and Dinner. Formerly Do Brazil, Shellona is the new beach house restaurant on Shell Beach–one of the best spots to watch the sunset. Mediterranean fare and special cocktails.
Open nightly. Lunch: Monday-Friday Top Mediterranean food with great ambiance.
Dinner only, Reservations for large tables only. One of St. Barths’ oldest restaurants, Eddy’s serves traditional Caribbean cuisine in a garden like setting.
Open for lunch only. Reservation recommended. Fresh fish and lobster.
Lunch and Dinner. If you are looking for your cheeseburger in paradise, you’ve come to the right place. Le Select sits in the center of Gustavia, with white plastic chairs and a totally casual vibe. Closed Sundays.
Bar de d’Oubli
Your neighborhood meeting spot in Gustavia. A great place after shopping in town, and the place to be on a Sunday if you’re an American football fan. Extensive cocktail list, plus paninis, salads, and burgers.
Le Ti St.Barth
Bar opens at 7pm. Dinner from 7:30pm to 9.30pm · Closed Sundays after April 1st. By the end of dinner, expect half the room to be dancing on tables. Great for birthday parties, Le Ti St.Barth has remained popular for good reason.
Christopher Hôtel Open Daily for Lunch from 12:30–5pm.
The Mango Bar & Restaurant is located right on the beach between the Christopher’s swimming pool and the sea. Enjoy fresh salads, fish or grilled meat, burgers and creative club sandwiches, overlooking surf and ocean.
Colombier, Flamands & Corossol
La Langouste - Flamands Beach (Hotel Baie des Anges)
Lunch & Dinner. Look for the quintessential Caribbean lobster, enjoy views of Flamands beach as you experience a bit of the old St. Barts.
Villa Marie at François Plantation - Colombier
For Dinner: The dining room at the renovated Francois Plantation is worth a visit alone. The first-rate menu and food is simply a perk. Expect an elegant dinner with French favorites like foie gras, fresh tartares, and souffles. For Lunch: You can enjoy a hotel-like experience with lunch at Villa Marie’s intimate pool. Pick from light favorites like watermelon-feta salads or an irresistible croque-monsieur.
Saline & Lorient
Esprit du Jean Claude Dufour - Saline
Dinner: 7pm & 9 pm, Lunch on Sunday only Situated in a garden next to Saline Beach, L’Esprit features a creative re-imagining of traditional dishes. Menu is limited and changes nightly.
Grain de Sel Saline
Lunch: 11:30am - 4pm Dinner: 7-10:30pm Closed Sunday nights and Mondays. Head to Grain de Sel for fresh salads and burgers for a pre or post beach stop.
Le Tamarin Saline
Open for Dinner 7-11pm You’ll find lily ponds, the iconic Tamarind tree, and a bevy of island wildlife at this recently renovated spot. Menu features light tropical salads, as well as more robust meat dishes. Closed on Mondays.
Choisy Bakery Lorient
Wonderful bakery in Lorient. Arrive early if you’re keen on croissants and baguettes - they can sell out fast! Choisy also offers pre-made sandwiches, tarts, and pastries, as well as coffee.
Les Petite Colombe Bakery Lorient
Expect the same great fresh bakery offerings as the Colombier location.
Beach restaurant the feet in the sand.
Ultimate festive beach club concept with a waterfront restaurant serving global inspired cuisine and sushi. DJ live.
Maya’s To Go
Dean & Deluca like take-away restaurant in St. Jean that also sells a number of US products.
Snacks - 9am to 10pm Located in St. Jean, Papillon Ivre is traditionally known by locals. It is a wine bar with a great selection of daily specials, and wonderful cheeses and French wines. It is an incredibly warm place, made special by its owner Julie. Ideal for a drink and bite, or for a tapas-styled dinner.
Anse des Cayes
Hôtel Manapany Restaurant
The new eco-resort in St Barth in front of the beach of Anse des Cayes. Island cuisine serve at the restaurant by the pool.
Make your way through all the various restaurants and beaches on St Barths! You will find it all most memorable!