17 photos that show why the rich and famous flock to St. Barts in the winter

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Aerial view at Gustavia Harbor in St Barts.
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Saint-Barthélemy (also known as St. Barts or St. Barths) is a French-speaking Caribbean island that’s popular among the rich and the famous.

Its array of stunning beaches, luxury yachts, designer boutiques, and delicious restaurants have helped it become a travel hot spot.

From the best places to party to restaurants with incredible views, here are 17 photos that show why St. Barts remains a celebrity favorite.

Talia Avakian contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.


A popular destination for celebrities, St. Barts has a variety of designer boutiques and fine-dining restaurants.

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Yachts are a common form of travel here, and celebrities can often be seen mooring their personal ships on the island.

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But if you don’t already have your own, you can rent a yacht or jet skis to take in the view of the green hills and glistening bays.

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The Caribbean island is home to stunning beaches, most of which remain crowd-free even during the peak season. Some of the best ones, including Saline Beach and Colombier Beach (generally visited by boat), offer miles of white sands and peace and quiet.

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St. Jean is a popular beach for partying thanks to clubs like Nikki Beach, where you can enjoy top-notch service and stunning ocean views.

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They also host wild parties every weekend.

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The Nikki Beach “Circus Party”
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While you’re there, enjoy the sunshine at Eden Rock, a hotel perched on the sands of St. Jean Bay. A St. Barts staple, the hotel has been operating for about 50 years.

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You can enjoy the beach scenery while sipping delectable cocktails at the hotel’s Sand Bar.

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Villas are also available for rent, and many visitors prefer the additional privacy. St. Barts is home to hundreds of these villas, some spectacularly expensive, others relatively affordable.

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Head to one of the island’s well-known spas and enjoy a luxurious massage, facial, or manicure. At Hotel Guanahani, the Clarins-designed spa is considered one of the best in the Caribbean, and it incorporates traditional healing methods into its treatments.

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One of the island’s most famous places to eat is Maya’s Restaurant, which has been serving Creole food since 1984. Their daily menu includes fresh seafood, chicken, beef, and lamb.

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Another trendy spot is Bonito, which serves up French-Latin cuisine in a stylish room near Gustavia Harbour. Sample mouthwatering ceviche or braised beef cheeks in its dining room, or enjoy a cocktail in its relaxed lounge section.

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La Langouste mixes traditional Creole and French cuisine, and it’s known for its incredibly fresh seafood choices. Lobster lovers should be sure to sample the tender and juicy lobster here.

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Speaking of Gustavia, it’s where you’ll find some of the island’s best shopping (and it’s duty-free). Designer shops like Hermès, Chopard, and Louis Vuitton make their home here. Prada opened its first store in St. Barts earlier this year.

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Prada storefront, St. Barts
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Plus, there’s plenty of partying to be had on St. Barts. The First is a trendy bar to start your evening off. Have a few cocktails with tapas and music before heading downstairs to the Yacht Club.

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Or try the chic club La Plage, located at Tom Beach Hotel. Parties range from upscale dining and live fire shows to afternoon beach parties and seaside barbecues.

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But if you’re looking for a wild night, head to Le Ti St. Barth, a funky hilltop spot with a lounge area, a torch-lighted terrace, and parties that range from full-moon celebrations to cabarets.

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