Found Paradise on St. Barth's

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

When I think back on our trip to St. Barth's, I think of relaxed opulence, winding hill roads with sweeping ocean views, lively nightlife, warm clear turquoise water, swaying palms, and food to die for. It has easily made its way to the top of my favorite Caribbean islands list. 

We arrived by ferry from St. Martin in the evening. We were greeted by our driver who escorted us to our accommodation for the night at Villa Marie. Perched atop of a cliff, this boutique resort was the perfect starting off point to our holiday. We were not here for a long time, but I would not have been disappointed had we stayed a few extra nights.  

The next morning, we had breakfast at the resort before making our way back to the airport to pick up our rental car. We rented our car through Sixt, they always seem to have the best rental deals in Europe and seemed to be the same here. 

Our villa host met us at the airport and we followed her to the beautiful Villa Palmier. As much as I love a resort stay, this place was pure magic. This 2 bedroom/2 bath villa was the epitome of serenity and indoor/outdoor living. The constant tropical breeze kept the main living area cool, as the only time they close this area off is during tropical storms. The bedrooms are air conditioned. And of course, you have the pool should you need to cool off. The views were spectacular; and could easily spend all day here and be happy little clams.  

But, we had some exploring to do. The majority of our time was spent driving around this tiny island paradise finding the best beaches and the best restaurants. 

Our favorite beaches: 

Colombier- It's true what they say, some of the best spots are the hardest to get to. To get to this beach you will need to hike down, which is not bad, however the hike back up is steep. If you are lucky enough to have a boat, this would be the ideal way. It is worth the trek though. 

Gouverneur Beach- We spent a good amount of time here and loved it. 

Initially were going to spend our time at Saline Beach, which was also highly recommended. However, sargassum was prevalent, during the time we were there, so swimming was not ideal. 

St. Jean Beach- A popular beach; was perfect for viewing the flights taking off and landing. Home to Eden Rock Resort. 

We did our best to find the natural pools, parking at Petit Cul de Sac, but were unsuccessful. It looked a little sketch; hiking down a very slippery, steep cliff with ocean water spraying the sides. It didn't help I chose to wear flip flops. We, meaning I, decided I valued our lives more than attempting to climb down in the hopes that we found the right spot. Jer was not pleased. It was a pretty hike either way. Instead, we took an obscene amount of palm tree pictures. Again, Jer was not pleased.  

Let's talk food! First things first, restaurants are expensive. You're on vacation, indulge. 

Where we ate: 

Bonito: The best ceviche of my life!! We still talk about it. The drinks were unique and delicious as well. Great views of Gustava harbor. 

Tamarin: Set in a beautiful garden setting, food was incredible. Located near Saline beach. 

L'Isoletta: Who would have thought that some of the best pizza I've ever had would be in St. Barth's, but it's true. They have so many specialty pizza options and they are all amazing. We came here multiple times it was that good. They have other options other than pizza, but get the pizza!!

Gypsea Beach: Loved the bohemian beach vibes here. Feet in the sand. Perfect place to come for a boozy lunch. They have beach chairs you can rent. Food was fresh and drinks were plentiful. 

Shellona: Personally, I preferred Gypsea Beach. Food was good but felt it was overhyped. Expectations were high. Located on Shell beach. Views were amazing though. Can also rent beach chairs for the day. 

L'isola: Located in Gustava. Great Italian food.