Known by many names, the island of St. Bart is a paradise of luxury. Many of the world's rich and famous flock to the charming isle because of its relatively low-profile and stunningly exquisite locales. Here are five things sure to make your holiday in St. Barts a memorable experience.
1. One of the most interesting options for entertainment that St. Bart offers is its art galleries. Although the island has been buffeted unmercifully by the vagrant winds and storms on the sea, it has managed to carve an identity for itself in the field of art. Not as prolific as larger nations, it has nevertheless held its own ground. Art galleries abound in the French Caribbean, and the Galerie Asie showcases treasures from the continent of Asia. It contains relics that range widely from Tibetan ritual objects, ancient Buddha sculptures, to Japanese rare tansus, among many others.
2. Continuing to delve into the cultural delights of St. Bart, the next item on the agenda is to explore the rather unique museums that it boasts of. The Inter Oceans Museum stocks a staggering collection of 9000 seashells that have been gathered from every corner of the globe, of which 1600 are from the Caribbean region itself. This magnificent private collection is located is Corossol, a small fishing village.
3. Shopping can be one of the best activities on the island. Here Armani rubs shoulders with other high-profile designers in the streets of St. Bart. The shopping in this small island rivals the bustling metropolises in terms of variety, style, and the latest fashions. Gustavia is home to this opulent belt of boutiques, whereas St. Jean is where those with a slightly more modest budget may indulge in retail therapy. Celebrities like Mariah Carey and Sir Elton John have been espied in St. Bart, and while solicitation of autographs is strictly frowned upon, it is nevertheless exciting.
4. Another fun thing to do on the island is to enjoy the nightlife. Although the nightlife in St. Bart is not particularly vibrant, as the entire island caters to relaxation and a luxuriant escape from mundane existence, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Live music from the locals enlivens the night and lounges and bars stay open till 1 a.m., although the preferred form of nightlife and entertainment is an elegant dinner, partaken at leisure.
5. Water sports are exceedingly popular in St Bart, with an exhaustive variety on offer. Divers will have found their paradise when exploring the underwater depths of St. Bart, as the reefs, Gros Islet and Les Saintes, are sights to behold. Reservations are recommended, especially if a guide is required during these diving expeditions.