St. Barts New Year's Guide

There’s no bad time to come to St. Barts — that goes without saying! 

A highpoint of the calendar, though, is most definitely New Year’s Eve. If you’ve never rung in a brand-new year on the “Jewel of the Caribbean,” put it on your bucket list ASAP!

The New Year’s festivities see this small, picturesque isle in the French West Indies at its most exuberant. Bevies of rich and famous visitors join the party, which goes down not only onshore but also aboard the magnificent St. Barts superyachts lining the harbors and beaches for the occasion.

In this guide, we’ll break down what to see and do on St. Barts on New Year’s Eve and what it typically looks like. 

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The Best Ways to Spend New Year’s in St. Barts

The Best Ways to Spend New Year’s in St. Barts

Fireworks over Gustavia, St Barth © C. GrauGart/Shutterstock

Spending New Year’s week on Saint Barthélemy offers one access to many desirable experiences, from glamorous private parties to DJ hosted lunches at top beach bars, fueled by chilled Rose; to watching firework shows from your villa. Here are our picks for the best activities as the old year bows out and a fresh-minted one steps on stage.

Watch the New Year’s Eve Regatta

St. Barts hosts many sailing races and events throughout the year, including the friendly New Year’s Eve Regatta. Open to any and all pleasure boats, this roughly 24-mile pursuit race circles the island on December 31st. 

That gives you plenty of postcard-perfect vantages to watch the sailboats and yachts make their way around St. Barth’s beaches and headlands. 

Hang Out With Celebs At the UNICEF Gala


St. Barts UNICEF Gala ©

St. Barts UNICEF Gala is an annual fundraising event that is held a few days before the New Year. 

Organized by a global luxury retailer, LuisaViaRoma, the gala aims to raise awareness and support UNICEF initiatives in helping children around the world.

This year’s tentative date and venue yet to be confirmed. Some of the previous venues included the Sand Bar at famous Eden Rock Hotel, and a temporary event space at the future home of Etoile Hotel.

The event features numerous fundraising elements, from a cash bar at cocktail hour to an expensive gala dinner to a live auction of extraordinary items and experiences conducted by the world-famous auctioneer Simon de Pury.

The UNICEF Gala attracts much attention and is attended by celebrities, philanthropists, and socialites. 2022's gala was attended by Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, and Luke Evans, along with live performances by Lenny Kravitz, Rita Ora, and Drake.

As a star-studded gathering brimming with glamour, entertainment, and philanthropy, the St. Barts UNICEF Gala is one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Go to a Happening New Year’s Eve Party

When it comes to unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebrations, St. Barts holds its own with anyplace else in the Caribbean. Parties go down everywhere, from invite-only parties at private villas and moored superyachts to open to the public dance parties at beach clubs and restaurants. 

Depending on who you know and where you go, you might find yourself rubbing shoulders with celebrities at these St. Barts New Year’s Eve parties. A-listers on the level of Beyoncé, Leonard DiCaprio, Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Ellen Degeneres, Lorne Michaels and Jeff Bezos have been spotted at these island soirees in recent years. (If you’re super-lucky, you might see some of these superstars actually perform on St. Barts for NYE.)

And you certainly don’t need an ultra-exclusive invite to participate in the fun. From La Guérite to Sand Bar, NYE parties at St. Barts beach clubs and restaurants dazzle with drinks, dancing, and DJ-driven beats.

Most of the top spots for celebrating New Year’s Eve in St. Barts are in Gustavia and St. Jean Beach.

top spots in Gustavia

Here are the top spots in Gustavia to celebrate New Year's Eve: 

  • Bagatelle
  • Bonito
  • Petite Plage
  • Atelier Joel Robuchon
  • Black Ginger
  • Eddy’s
  • Le Repaire
  • Le Select
  • Bar D’Oublie
  • Baz Bar
  • La Guérite

St. Jean

Images left to right: L’Atelier Joel Robuchon ©, La Guérite ©, Petite Plage (2) © www.©, Bonito©

St. Jean comes with its own set of dazzling places. Top locations for clinking glasses on this beach are:

  • Nikki Beach may just be the best-known party hotspot on the island (and a favorite among celebs)
  • GypSea Beach Club
  • Guerite Beach Club
  • Nao Beach Club
  • Pearl Beach

Other Spots

Le Ti St. Barth

Le Ti St. Barth


The other “no-brainer” destination for St. Barts New Year’s Eve is Le Ti in Pointe Milou. Le Ti’s is famed for its nightly cabaret shows and carnival-esque atmosphere, certainly well in evidence ringing in the New Year. 

To get a sense of what the NYE vibe is here, check out this video of Le Ti.

Light Up the Night: St. Barts' Stunning NYE Fireworks Show

Nothing says New Year’s Eve like pyrotechnics, right? And St. Barts certainly delivers on that count. Spectacular midnight fireworks do their booming thing over Gustavia Harbor (party central for NYE) as well as St-Jean Beach.

Take in the spectacle from a restaurant on the Gustavia waterfront, a St-Jean Bay beach club, or perhaps your own chartered yacht or private villa balcony.

St. Barts' Superyacht Extravaganza: Where Luxury Sets Sail

St. Barts' Superyacht Extravaganza


Some of the world’s biggest and finest superyachts steer for St. Barts to mark New Year’s Eve. Simply seeing these glamorous, billionaire-owned vessels looming off the Port of Gustavia and elsewhere is reason enough to travel here for the year’s-end excitement.

Among the many notable superyachts that have shown up for recent St. Barts New Year include the enormous, 454-foot Rising Sun, owned by David Geffen; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s Bravo Eugenia; and Symphony, whose owner is the world’s richest person, Bernard Arnault. 

Many of these jumbo crafts are of recent vintage, but you can see some prestigious historical ones as well. 

One popular sight is the Christina O. It was an anti-submarine frigate during World War II and later turned into a luxury yacht by Aristotle Onassis. 

Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and JFK are among the many luminaries who’ve clinked glasses aboard this famous ship.

Some of the best places to see these superyachts are the hilltop lookouts like the park by the lighthouse overlooking Gustavia harbor, or from villas in Columbier and Corossol.

Charter Your Own Yacht

A star-studded sky overhead, the gentle lull of the Caribbean Sea beneath you, and the promise of a brand new year on the horizon. There's no better way to ring in the New Year than by chartering your own private yacht in St. Barts.

St. Barts, renowned for its glamorous allure, transforms into a haven of exclusive celebrations during New Year's Eve.

Imagine stepping aboard your sleek, appointed yacht, where a world of opulence awaits. As the sun dips below the horizon, you'll sail to secluded coves and hidden beaches, each more breathtaking than the last. Your personal crew will cater to your every whim, from gourmet dining under the stars to crafting bespoke cocktails to toast to the year ahead.

Anchoring your yacht in Gustavia Harbor, you'll have front-row seats to the island's dazzling fireworks extravaganza, illuminating the night sky in a symphony of color and light.

Whether you choose to dance the night away at an exclusive beach club or savor a private, intimate soirée on deck, your New Year's Eve in St. Barts will be nothing short of spectacular. It's a celebration worthy of the refined taste, a night you'll cherish as you embark on another year of luxury and adventure.

Go on a Shopping Spree to Jazz Up Your New Year’s Look

New Year's Eve is not just any event — it's a glamorous celebration of what’s to come. After all, how you spend NYE sets the tone for the year ahead.

St. Barts is home to some of the world's most exclusive boutiques, boasting the latest in haute couture and high fashion. Channel your inner fashionista as you explore chic designer stores and discover one-of-a-kind pieces that will elevate your New Year's look to new heights.

Stroll through charming streets lined with boutiques featuring top international and local designers. From exquisite jewelry to artisanal accessories, you'll find those perfect finishing touches to your New Year's ensemble.

And, for a real dash of exclusivity, visit the famous brands only available in St. Barts: Poupette, Lolita Jaca, Pati de St. Barth, Vanita Rosa, and Ligne St. Barth.

As you shop, allow yourself to feel the island's vibrant culture and charm, so each purchase becomes a cherished memory of your unforgettable New Year's celebration.

Insider’s Tips About New Year’s Eve in St. Barts

New Year’s Eve in St. Barts

Private chef service on St Barth © Hugo Allard

Here are a few insider tips from the St Barts specialists at WIMCO Villas to make your St. Barts New Year's trip-planning easier:

  • Book Early: The New Year’s window is the most popular time for tourism in St. Barts, so be sure to reserve your trip as early as possible. We recommend booking at least a six months in advance. This means not only reserving your villa or hotel, but also locking in your flights, rental car and restaurant meals.
  • Securing a Private Chef: A private chef can greatly enhance your New Years vacation experience when booking a private St. Barts villa. Bear in mind securing the services of a chef over New Years week often requires committing to a week-long reservation. See WIMCO’s Special Reserve Collection villas, where the price of the villa includes the services of a private chef.
  • St. Barts New Year’s Car Rentals: The same goes for rental cars, which are the best way to get around on St. Barts. For a New Year vacation, you’ll want to book the car months in advance, and you’ll need to rent your car for a full week at minimum.
  • Flights to St Barts: WIMCO’s airline reservations desk can help you book international flights into San Juan or St Martin, and the inter-island flights from there into St Barts. With a small runaway, only prop planes with 18 or fewer seats can land in St Barts, and there aren’t many flights each day, so book your flights early!
  • Private Air Charter Service: Want to avoid the hassles of wading through crowded airport terminals and sweating through immigration and customs lines? Savvy travelers opt to use WIMCO’s VIP travel service and private air charter service. Everything is taken care of from arrival to departure to expedited airline transfers, so you can spend more time taking in the island's beauty.

Where to Eat in St Barts on Your New Year’s Vacation?

Eat in St Barts on Your New Year’s Vacation

© Tamarin Restaurant

St. Barts is rightly lauded for its dining scene, best known for French and Creole cuisine but also flush with global influences. Rest assured, you can enjoy top-caliber dining here to mark New Year’s Eve.

Many restaurants, such as Bonito and La Guérite, turn into all-out parties for the occasion. Others, such as Zion, Robuchon, Tamarin and Esprit, offer a calmer, quieter, yet very special atmosphere.

Leading up to the New Year, these restaurants will introduce special menus, and on New Year's Eve itself, most restaurants will feature prix-fixed multi-course menus only. As with villas, flights and rental cars, make your reservations early if you want to get into your top choice.

St. Barts' Finest NYE Dining Spots: Taste of Paradise

If you want to savor the cuisine of St. Barth, there are many exciting restaurants to explore. Some of the best eateries and their signature dishes include:

  • Atelier Joel Robuchon St Barth: black truffle spaghetti and the langoustine ravioli
  • Francois Plantation in the Villa Marie Hotel: grilled lobster and foie gras
  • L'Isola: homemade pasta and the seafood risotto
  • Skybar St Barth: tuna tartare and the lobster
  • La Langouste: grilled lobster and the seafood platter
  • L'Isoletta: homemade pasta and the pizza
  • Le Case, Cheval Blanc: grilled fish and the lobster
  • Black Ginger: Thai curry and the sushi
  • Eddy's: lobster and the steak
  • Bonito: ceviche and the grilled fish
  • L'Esprit: foie gras and the lamb
  • Le Tamarin: grilled fish and the lobster
  • François: beef tartare and the lobster
  • La Petite Plage: grilled octopus and beef carpaccio
  • La Guérite: shrimp-laden pasta and 10-flavor tasting menu

These may be best-known establishments, but there are many other venues to explore. When planning your culinary experiences in St. Barts, a good restaurant guide is a must.

Where to Stay in St. Barts During New Year’s Eve

Eat in St Barts on Your New Year’s Vacation

WV KNG Gustavia, St Barths

You’ve got multiple options for standout New Year’s Eve accommodations on Saint Barthélemy. These include private villas of various styles, one of the island’s hotels, or a chartered luxury yacht.

Renting a Luxury villa with an ocean view, complete with a private chef, is easily one of the most popular ways to celebrate New Year’s on St. Barts. Villas are a great choice for families, friend groups, or simply anybody desiring the most decked-out private accommodations. 

Couples might opt for smaller romantic villas providing an unparalleled, intimate oasis on or near the beachfront.

Perhaps you’d rather stay in one of the relatively few but highly regarded luxury hotels. From Eden Rock to Cheval Blanc Isle de France, learn more about this option here. Remember, most hotels in St Barts have less than 50 rooms, so plan ahead if you want to reserve a room.

Arguably, the most all-out classic way to experience New Year’s on st Barts is hanging out on a luxury yacht. In addition to providing plenty of space and privacy, a yacht charter puts you in an upscale company. Motor launches can ferry you ashore to restaurants and clubs, and meanwhile, you can position yourself for absolutely ace fireworks viewing. Only a select few can afford to rent a yacht for a week, so see if you can finagle an invite to visit one instead!


Let WIMCO Help Make Your New Year’s Eve Arrangements in St. Barts

Here at WIMCO, our concierge travel team can handle all the details to ensure your NYE experience on St. Barts is truly a once-in-a-lifetime thrill! We can handle everything from flights to restaurant/club reservations, a private chef, and boat charters.

And speaking of charters, our Yacht Broker Referral option makes securing your own luxury yacht accommodations for St. Barts New Year’s Eve hassle-free.

Given how popular the week prior to New Year’s is on St. Barts, having the logistical assistance and insider savvy of the WIMCO team on your side is a major plus. 

Highlights From the 2022 New Year’s Eve Celebration

The latest edition of St. Barts New Year’s Eve hit the usual high marks. From Rising Sun and Infinity to Moonrise and Kismet, the grandest superyachts made their usual showing in Gustavia Harbor and elsewhere around the island. Sean “P. Diddy” Combs chartered Victorious for his NYE visit here and was also seen ashore filming a forthcoming reality show on Gustavia’s streets.

  1. Diddy was only one of a slew of A-list stars who rang in 2023 in St. Barth. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire yachted it up for the occasion, while Drake and Lenny Kravitz performed for the second-annual UNICEF gala.

Get a taste of what December 31st, 2022, was like on St. Barts in this video: Happy New Years St Barth 2022/12/31 with BOB SINCLAR


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