Often defined by its glitz and glamour, St. Barts appeals to honeymooners seeking to spend their first newlywed getaway like celebrities. With its gorgeous beaches, eternal sun and French vibe, St. Barts creates the picture perfect image of a Caribbean honeymoon. A vacation in St. Barts will give you a taste of the French Rivera right in the heart of the Caribbean.
What To See and Do
Most visits to St. Barts begin in the capital, Gustavia. Though pint sized, Gustavia packs a punch. The city is characterized by a number of gingerbread-trimmed buildings. It is also a great place to shop. The capital boasts designer stores that aren't friendly to budget-minded visitors, but are ideal for splurging and window shopping. In addition it its shops and architecture, Gustavia is also worth visiting merely to stroll the yacht-filled harbor while soaking up the sun.
While the streets of Gustavia might be the island’s main launching point, St. Barts is mostly known for its soft sands. Honeymooners seeking a beach destination won’t be disappointed. St. Barts boasts 22 postcard-worthy beaches. Some of the most well known sandy spots include Anse de Grand Cul de Sac, Anse de Grande Saline and St. Jean. St. Jean stretches for half a mile and is the island’s favorite beach. Many people come here not just to soak up the sun but also to photograph the airplanes coming in to land.
What To Eat
Foodies rejoice when visiting St. Barts. The island boasts some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean. Varied and tasty, St. Barts’ restaurants often serve up dishes with a French flair. In fact, many meats, diary and wines are imported from France on a daily basis. With a dining scene fueled by French chefs, honeymooners can expect Paris-inspired menus at many of the island’s restaurants. At the same time, St. Barts embraces its location in the Caribbean. Most menus feature freshly caught local seafood cooked in continental styles.
Where To Stay
In order to truly play the part while in St. Barts, honeymooning couples must also sleep in style. La Banane, a retro chic boutique hotel, makes that possible throughout its nine rooms. Once a favorite vacation spot for Paris based celebrities in the 1950s and 1960s, the hotel underwent a renovation recently. While La Banane might have all of the modern conveniences for couples, it still maintains its retro coolness and glamour. Guest rooms feature four-poster king size beds, antiques, flat screen televisions, Wi-Fi and rainfall showers. Guests can also enjoy an onsite pool and state of the art home cinema. La Banane sits just 10 minutes from the St. Barts Airport and 15 minutes from Gustavia. The beach and several restaurants are also a short stroll away from the property.
When To Go
St. Barts experiences its high season from December through April. The island can be particularly crowded at this time of year, and the sun can also be a bit scorching. If you want to visit St. Barts during a calmer season, couples should set their dates in May or June. The late spring and the beginning of summer on St. Barts brings some of the most comfortable weather on the island. Fall, however, can be a tricky time to visit, as there are often showers and clouds due to the fact that September through November is the rainy season.
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