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Whether you call the island Saint Barthélemy, St Barth, St Barts or Ouanalao like the indigenous people call it – it is an unparalleled tropical paradise. St Barts is the ultimate Christmas and new year destination, frequented by rich and famous sailing enthusiasts from all over the world. Along with celebrities like Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian and Paul McCartney, billionaire Russian Roman Abramovich is known to regularly moor in Gustavia – which is the capital of St Barts. These super rich and famous people may be attracted to the glamorous reputation of St Barts, the mouthwatering French cuisine available on it – or simply the breathtaking scenic beauty of the volcanic island.
Splendid sailing, and superb suntanning
When it comes to sailing around the Carribbean, the ocean can be unpredictable. St Barts is somewhat easier to sail to because it is centrally located, and reasonably sheltered. Being a single day’s sailing away from other islands like St Kitts & Nevis, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten, it is convenient to island hoppers who are looking for a more polished gem among the islands of the Caribbean, while also exploring other options. The island sports no less than 22 pristine and isolated beaches to choose from. One of the top beaches on St Barts is Colombier – accessible only by taking a 30-minute hike, or sailing there from Gustavia, which takes about half a day. Warm and calm water with several rocky outcrops make the beaches of St Barts an ideal destination for families and snorkelling enthusiasts.
Not just sandy shores and scenery
For those who would rather rub shoulders with famous people and shop for high-end fashion, there are many options to explore – like top boutiques to excellent restaurants, and classy entertainment venues. One-of-a-kind designer items are up for grabs at Calypso and Lolita Jaca offers top trends from up and coming European designers. Be sure not to miss out on dining at the open air restaurant Eddy’s at the head of the harbour where the tuna spring rolls and foie gras is spectacular. Another essential experience is taking the uphill drive to Café Santa Fe to watch the sun set. You will soon see it is well worth the effort when you take in the magnificent view, while sipping on cocktails and waiting for culinary delights to arrive.