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Tiny, charming Saint Barthelemy, more popularly known as St. Barts, has a host of things to do while visiting. From shopping at designer boutiques to hitting the see-and-be-seen beach clubs, this small but ultra-luxurious island has a lively atmosphere tailor-made for the international celebrities and tycoons who flock here year-round. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editor’s picks for the five best things to see and do in St. Barts:
1. Swim at Saline. The best beach is a trek up and around dunes, but up at the top it’s the sweep of cerulean blue sea will leave you breathless, not the walk. The cove’s gentle waves are fun for body surfing, and the water always seems to be the perfect temperature. Saline is a naturist beach, so leave your inhibitions at your hotel.
2. Hit the shops. Gustavia, the island’s capital, is the place to shop. You’ll find everything from Hermès to one-of-a-kind jewelry shops. Walking down Quai de la République, shopaholics will drool over names like Eres, Vuitton, Cartier and Dior. Follow the insiders to Saint-Barth Stock Exchange for vintage finds from high-end shops.
3. Bask in the sun at Eden Rock resort. Snag a table at the Sand Bar and watch the scene on the beach. While people watching and admiring kite-surfers, sip a tropical drink and enjoy the best burger and “frites” in the Caribbean.
4. Dinner at Le Ti. Book a late table and wait for the party to unfold — it could be one of the legendary full-moon parties or a theme night. The staff is sexy, the music is sultry, and you could find yourself dancing on a table by the end of the night.
5. Hike to Colombier Beach. The rocky path is a bit rugged, so don’t try it in flip-flops, but at the end you will find an idyllic deserted cove and one of the island’s best snorkeling spots. Bring water and a snack with you because its nothing but nature here.