Last week, I jetted off to St. Barth's with my husband, parents, brother and sister-n-law. The Leach family has been going to St. Barth's for the past 20 years and my parents rent a beautiful home overlooking the port of Gustavia. We did a lot of beach hopping, shopping, hiking and eating at some of our favorite restaurants. I thought I'd share my experiences and engage your imagination to warm you up during the chilly winter!
St. Barths has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Gouverneur is remote, picturesque and never too crowded. It has the most gorgeous turquoise water and the waves aren't too big, so it's great for swimming. It's also a great spot to take kids as you can find shade with an area of pretty trees and foliage.
Colombier Beach is my second favorite. You can only get here by boat or by hike. If you choose the latter option, wear comfortable sneakers as it can be bumpy and steep. I opted for the 30-minute hike along the rocky coast. We saw iguanas, goats, pretty foliage and the most breathtaking views. Once you hike down it opens up to a private beach shared with a large compound formerly owned by the Rockefellers. Bring a picnic and plan to spend the day there.
St. Barth's hands down has some of the best food in the Caribbean. Everything is fresh and so tasty with most items coming from France. I love Bonito for a special dinner and night out. They have great seafood dishes and raw fish such as the Smoked Himachi with Caviar and Apple. They also have gorgeous views of Gustavia harbor, a fun ambiance and delicious cocktails. Request a special table on the terrace.
Remember to do something for yourself. Whether you travel overseas or take 30 minutes to practice something you enjoy, every little bit counts.