Why not add some sparkle to your holiday season with a getaway for Christmas in St. Barts, a tropical paradise in the Caribbean?
The festive season in St. Barts features bright lights, beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and so much more. But first, ‘tis the season to enjoy, so start with the merriment surrounding the annual Christmas in St Barts market, known as Village de Noël. Dozens of artisans will line the quays of Gustavia from Dec. 8-19, selling jewelry, sweets, local products, and a wide selection of gifts to complete your holiday shopping. Musicians entertain in the evenings, adding to a delightful experience the whole family will enjoy while celebrating Christmas in St Barts.
After all, the Christmas celebrations are concluded, and as the countdown to 2022 begins, you won’t want to miss the most fabulous New Year’s Eve festivities in the Caribbean. St. Barts celebrates with music and parties across the island. The action begins with the New Year’s Eve Regatta around St. Barts, featuring the island’s most beautiful sailing vessels along with local boaters in a “just for fun” event. Find a favorite spot to sip Champagne and enjoy the regatta, elbow-to-elbow with the island’s in-crowd.
Start your evening off with five-star dining at any number of restaurants in St. Barts, and keep an eye out for concerts by world-renowned artists. Or head over to Le Ti St. Barth tavern, famous for its exotic cabaret atmosphere and costumes.
The really big show, of course, begins as the minutes tick down to ringing in the New Year. Brilliant fireworks light up the sky at midnight, and luxury yachts sound their foghorns. Dancing and celebrating continue well into the wee hours, with dazzling energy and enthusiasm.
Attractions for Every Season
While Christmas in St Barts is clearly a highlight on the annual entertainment calendar, the island’s renowned attractions are accessible year-round. Visit any time of the year for an exceptional experience. Here are some of the top reasons to visit St. Barts:
Head to the Shore
Beaches, of course, are among the top attractions in St. Barts, so just pick your favorite — weather for sunbathing, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or paddleboarding. Check out Shell Beach for its bounty of beautiful seashells, or relax in tranquility on secluded Grande Saline, the beach of choice for discreet, nude sunbathers.
Divers will want to head to the leeward side of St. Barts to explore a pristine marine reserve with its coral reefs, walls, and canyons.
The best snorkeling is at Colombier beach, a real reward after the 30-minute hike required to reach this hidden gem.
Retail therapy in St. Barts offers the perfect respite from the sun and surf. Browse designer shops along the Quai de la Republique at Gustavia’s harborfront, boutiques in the Carré d’Or plaza, and more haute couture shops at the Coeur Vendôme Center – all within easy reach of some of the best St Barts holiday rentals.
Indulge at a Spa
Revive your shopping-weary self at one of the island’s luxurious spas, such as the famous Spa Diane Barrière at the Hotel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf, or the oceanside Sisley Spa at the Hotel Christopher.
Dining to Die for
Head to the waterfront for classic French/Creole or traditional French cuisine. Choose from the creative Franco-Japanese menu at Orega or check-in for something more casual with lunch at the storied Beach Club with its spectacular sea views. For the most authentic experience, head to Eddy’s Ghetto for Caribbean cuisine in a tropical garden setting.
Dance the Night Away
St. Barts is known for its exciting nightlife, so don’t be shy. Check out the many clubs, and don’t be surprised to see dancing on the tables. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more chill, head to Baz Bar for cocktails and soft, live music.
St Barts Holiday Rentals
During the festive season or any season for that matter, the best way to enjoy everything that St. Barts offers is to stay in a luxury villa rental. Don’t wait to secure the best St Barts holiday rentals to ensure a truly festive holiday in this stylish Caribbean escape!
For an incredible holiday experience, be it during the festive season or any other time of the year, be sure to add Christmas in St Barts to your must-visit vacation wish list.
Source: Upscale Living Magazine