Things to Do and Activity Guide for St Barths Vacations
The island of St Barths is known for its casual chic vibe, the pristine beaches, fun bistros like Nikki Beach and Bagatelle, and highly-rated, yet relaxed restaurants, such as Mayas, Isola and Bonito. For the active travelers, there are tennis courts, surfing and kite boarding, sailing all manner of craft, and hiking up the craggy volcanic hills. St Barths is also known for the pedestrian-friendly village of Gustavia, where one sees boutiques featuring designers from Paris and New York alongside more casual island wares. Your WIMCO Villa Specialist can recommend things to do in St Barths, and then make the reservations for you.
- The 300+ private villas represented by WIMCO in St Barths are generally contemporary in design, and outfitted with most modern conveniences. Most importantly, the bedrooms will all have air conditioning units. Parents can put their toddlers to sleep in a quiet air conditioned room, and then relax by the villa's pool
- You will arrive to find your refrigerator pre-stocked with one day's worth of food and beverages so you don't have to go out and shop/dine out right away. In addition, we will deliver a complimentary continental breakfast on your first morning. WIMCO can also arrange to have groceries and supplies delivered to your villa at a time that is convenient for you. We recommend that you pre-order things like diapers, high chairs, cribs, formula and baby food so we can have it waiting for you at the villa when you arrive
- Mobile spa service. WIMCO can arrange pool side massage and spa services at your villa
- La Gloriette beach bar, at Grand cul de Sac. Tables are under shade trees, and the persistent trade winds cool the restaurant. The small beach in front leads to very shallow waters, with no waves, and a sandy bottom, ideal for wading
- La Plage beach bat, at Tom Beach hotel. Choose shaded area for dining, or rent a beach umbrella or two and set up shop on the beach in front of the bar. Wave action is generally mild, ideally for wading. The airport is nearby, and the comng and going of small passenger planes provides a fun focal point.
- Do Brasil beach bar, at Shell Beach. Sit upstairs in the shaded restaurant looking out over the cove, or sit under canopies down on the beach. The beaches name sake shells provide endless fascination for toddlers. Good spot to enjoy the sunset from
Off the Beaten Dining Track Options
- Au Regal in Corrosol. Locals lunch bar. Dinner Thurs - Sat only. Closed Sun
- Chez Rolande (aka Wishing Well) in Flamands, creole food. lunch and dinner
Recommended Dinner Spots for a Couple's Night Out that Is Uniquely St Barths
- Mayas. Waterfront restaurant in the neighborhood of Public. Dinner only. Closed Sun.
- Sante Fe. Hilltop restaurant in Lurin. Lunch & dinner. Closed Wed.
- Tamarin in Saline. Magical garden setting with koi pond. Lunch & dinner, except Sun
- Le Ti St Barth on Pointe Milou. Go on cabaret night. Dinner only. Closed Sun & Mon
Couples Time - Recommended Activities
- WIMCO's concierge department provides its guests with a babysitting service which you can reserve in advance, by the hour. The sitter will come to your villa with her own transportation.
- Hike to Columbier beach, via the shore route from Flamands. Drive down to Flamands, take a left turn at the T intersection at the bottom of the hill, and continue to the end of the road, just past the small hotel named Auberge de la Petite Anse. Park on the side of the road. The hike in takes about 20 minutes. There are no services or facilities of any kind at the beach, so plan ahead, and bring water and snacks.
- Hike the Cote Sauvage in Toiny, and visit the Washing Machine/Natural Pools. Drive over the mountain at Grand Fond and head down toward the sea. You will come to a dog-leg turn to the left. Do not make the turn, but park your car to your right in the small car park (4 cars). Walk past the turn and take the path on your right that goes between a stone wall and the brush. When you come out on the stone beach, turn right and follow the shoreline until you reach the end of the beach, then take the path that winds up the hill along the coats. Climb down to the natural pools when they come in site and take a dip if you're so inclined, but watch out for the black, spiny sea urchins.
- Jet Ski tour. The best way to see St Barths is from the waters that surround it. Reserve a two hour jet ski tour, an ideal way to stay cool and have fun. Tours leave from Grand cul de Sac beach in front of O Corail and La Gloriette beach bars
- Sunset cruise on catamaran, reserve with Jicky Marine. You can also book a 1/2 day trip to Columbier beach with them which includes snorkeling. Both include a champagne toast.
- The capital of Gustavia is a quaint village wrapped around a harbor. There are smooth sidewalks throughout the town, including a long stretch along the waterfront (the quai). You'll find plenty of places to duck into for a snack, beverage or meal.
- The road to Saline Beach. There is a one mile stretch of road from Tamarin restaurant to the trailhead to Saline beach that is well suited for pushing a stroller. Popular with joggers, this road is bordered by a salt pond on the right side, and by mountains on the left side. There are three restaurants along the route that you can stop into for a snack, beverage or meal - Tamarin and Grain de Sel. A third restaurant, L'Esprit is only open for dinner.
- The road from St Jean to Lorient. For those wanting a real workout, there is a smooth sidewalk that extends from the village of St Jean up over a rise then down to the village of Lorient. Take note that there are parts of the route that are not cooled by ocean breezes, so it can be a hot walk at times
Other Uniquely St Barth Experiences
- Visit the fishmongers hut (Halle des Poissioneirs) in Gustavia near the ferry terminal. Go between 7-9am as fishing boats unload their catch and restaurateurs come by to purchase freshly caught fish. Side benefit, the fishmongers throw buckets of guts into the water, and well trained tarpon explode upward to eat it
- Fort Carl, end of Rue D'Inzy in Gustavia. Views of Shell beach and Gustavia
- M'bolo rum store, sample many varieties of St Barths rhum vanilla. Rue General de Gaulle