St Barths is a tiny Caribbean gem. It is surrounded by 14 beaches, numerous protected marine sanctuaries and stunning mountain vistas.
The island is a paradise for travelers who want to relax, unwind and pamper themselves in the most glamorous of surroundings. It is also the perfect place to reenergize after a long flight or day at the beach, and you will find that it has an abundance of natural restorative qualities that are hard to match.
It is easy to fall in love with this quaint island, and you will soon be planning your next visit. But it is important to remember that the island was not always as beautiful and tranquil as it is today. It was originally inhabited by the Arawak Indians and later the Caribs. In 1493, Christopher Columbus landed on the island and named it for his brother, Bartolomeo.
Since then, the island has seen a steady influx of affluent tourists. But it still retains its traditional Creole flavor and a sense of authenticity.
Guests will be thrilled to experience this Caribbean destination’s vibrant culinary scene and the world-class chefs who come here every year. One of the most famous French chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, has a villa on St Barths and regularly visits the island.
He is a recognizable face at the annual St Barth Gourmet Festival, where he and other Michelin-starred French chefs present special tasting menus at top restaurants. This gastronomic event is held in November.
The island has many different dining options that are both casual and upscale. Some of the best St Barths restaurants are those that have been around for many years, such as Chez Rolande and Le Select. You can also try some new restaurants such as Fish Corner, a local favorite that serves incredible fresh seafood dishes and other delicious treats like fish tacos.
Restaurants near the beach, such as Chez Rolande and La Tamarin are popular destinations for people who prefer to eat casually in the sun. Some of the best St Barths beach bars are also great places to enjoy cocktails and a bite to eat.
It is also a good idea to take advantage of the numerous boat excursions that are offered by several of the island’s top luxury resorts. A boat excursion will allow you to explore parts of the island that are difficult to reach by land.
There are also a few reputable private yacht charters that can be hired. These companies offer a wide variety of tours that can be tailored to your specific interests and tastes, so it is recommended to talk with a WIMCO Travel agent about what would suit you the best.
You can also get a taste of the island’s rich history by visiting the Museum, where you can see artifacts from the island’s past. It is a fascinating way to discover the history of the island.
Another must-visit in the town of Gustavia is the Rhum Room, which has more than 700 types of rum and the most impressive collection of Cuban cigars we have ever seen. You can even have a few rums paired with some local delicacies in their lounge area, which is the perfect place to watch the sunset or the yachts pass by.