One of our very best friends has raved over the years about the wonderful time he had in St. Barth’s so when he invited us to visit the island we jumped at the chance. We took a quick flight from Jacksonville to St. Martin before jumping on a small plane for a 15 minute flight to St. Barth’s. We rented a house in the Toiny area of the island which just so happened to be right next to Jimmy Buffet’s island getaway. We rented a convertible Mini Cooper directly from the airport which made getting around the island super easy.
Our first full day was filled with amazing beaches and even better food. First up was Saline Beach. After a few hours of fun in the sun we headed to le Grain del Sol for lunch.
Next, we headed to St. Jean Beach, grabbed a few cocktails from the Pink Parrot and enjoyed what in my opinion is the most beautiful beach on the island.
Our next stop was Gustavia for some sight-seeing. The harbor is beautiful –and it’s quite amazing that such large yachts can make their way into the small waterway. We made our way to the Butcher and the wine shop before heading back to our house to cook an amazing dinner.
We started the next day sipping Rose at Gouverneur Beach before being treated to the most amazing lunch at Sante Fe. The view was incredible and I still dream about the amazing escargot to this day.
Lunch would not be outdone – we also enjoyed and incredible dinner at Bonito before heading to LeTI for some late night fun.
Shell Beach was next on the itinerary. We enjoyed lunch at Do Brazil and had an unbelievable dinner that night at l’Isola. The baratta was the most delicious mix of creamy texture and salty taste.
We spent the next day exploring the Toiny area hiking the nearby volcano. After working up an appetite, we enjoyed the real ‘cheese burger in paradise’ at Le Select.
Next up was hiking to reach Colombier Beach. The view as amazing, plus I picked up some really cool shells on the hike.
We had lunch (and lots of fun) that afternoon at Nikki Beach. The food was great, the atmosphere was fun and the people watching was amazing! From ultra-magnum champagne to dancing on tables, we saw a little bit of everything there. It was a great way to end our first trip to St. Barth’s before heading back home.
We truly had an unbelievable time in St. Barth’s. We had the best company, amazing food, great wine and gorgeous scenery. We hope to visit the island again soon.