Everyone knows Jimmy Buffett’s best tunes were inspired by his favorite spots in the Caribbean. “Manana” was inspired by his travel to Tortola, “Havana Daydreamin’” by his travels to Cuba, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was about St. Barths and “A Sailor’s Christmas” by Le Select in St. Barths.
Can you hear the lyrics in your head right now? “There’s a party down at Le Select, music, rum and cheers. Faces in the shadows, God, I haven’t seen for years…”
There’s no doubt that the French Caribbean island of St. Barthélemy is in vogue with the moneyed set and oftentimes out-of-reach for the middle class. But it’s far from snooty – if the sight of those free-roaming iguanas is any proof – and it’s also more accessible than you might think. Careful and early planning will ensure that your getaway here is priced on par with other Caribbean isles. And fortunately, St. Barts’ (or St. Barth’s) 14 beaches are all open to the public. The island is ideal for those seeking a Euro-themed utopia with plenty of shoreline for ultimate relaxation.
Famous for being the retreat of the rich and famous, this sexy and sophisticated island is better known as « St. Barths ». For all its fame, however, this tiny jewel-like island still retains its charm and special allure. One of the reasons for its magic is its intrinsic Frenchness – from the early morning fragrance of fresh croissants in the capital, Gustavia, and the many outdoor cafes, to the chic designer boutiques and exquisite food.
St Barts Gourmet Food Fesrtival:
The upcoming and much hyped gourmet food festival is being held November 06 through 10, showcasing Michelin-starred celebrity chefs from around the globe. Seven chefs, seven restaurants, and twenty eight dinners to choose from – all you have to plan is a seaside nap after going culinary comatose.
New Years Regatta:
Sailing is more than a sport, it’s the true maritime culture of St Barts. The New Year’s Eve Regatta is a prime time to watch the sailors race in an exciting around-the-island-parade. Then ring in the new year with locals, vacationers and VIPs alike – dance on the docks to live music and catch the spectacular fireworks display.
St Barts Music Festival
From January 9 through the 25, 2015, get up-close with the word’s most prominent musicians. From companies such as the Paris Opera Ballet to performers from the Julliard in New York, the St Barts Music Festival has something for everyone. Since 1985, the island has attracted performers annually to experience intimate concerts of jazz, opera, and classical music, alongside exquisite ballet and modern dance, and many performers return year after year, to the delight of residents. Those who seek to be enlightened through the performing arts can enjoy some of the finest musical talent beside the sounds of the surf.
Celebrity spotting is big entertainment for lots of visitors to St. Barths. At any time you might run into Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato—or any of the celebrities who own homes on the island.
You may not be a celebrity stalker yourself, but it’s always a thrill to catch one shopping in Gustavia or working on her tan.