Beyond the Boat Race: What to do on a St. Bart’s yacht charter
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5 things to do on a St. Bart’s yacht charter
With the famous St Bart’s regatta—Les Voiles de St. Barth—just around the corner, competitive sailors will be getting ready for five days of racing and post-race relaxation. Each spring, this Caribbean event attracts not just crew and their guests but sailing enthusiasts on St. Bart’s yacht charters looking to join the festivities and take advantage of the island’s dining scene, chic shopping and dreamy beaches.
When you charter a yacht in St. Bart’s you’ll experience glamourous French luxury combined with Caribbean cool; haute couture and stars on superyachts to the backdrop of reggae vibes and rum cocktails. Once the excitement of the regatta is over, here are a few things you might like to do on your St. Bart’s yacht charter.
Bathe at all the best beaches
Visitors to this tropical island have the choice of 16 sensational beaches, each with its own character. Serious sun-worshippers will love Saline Beach – no shade, no bars, just crystal-clear blue waters and sand as powdery as icing sugar. Another top spot is Colombier; a secluded paradise ideal for a St. Bart’s yacht charter since it’s only
accessible by boat. Whereas those that prefer a more buzzing beach scene should head to Shell Beach for its Sunday all-day beach party or Eden Rock and Nikki Beach – the places to see and be seen. Once a week, Nikki Beach hosts a glamourous table-dancing day party where it’s not unusual to spot an A-list celebrity.
Shop ‘til you drop in Gustavia
St. Bart’s is by far the Caribbean’s best shopping destination, and a St. Bart’s yacht charter will have plenty of opportunity for retail therapy. Gustavia, St. Bart’s capital, came alive in the 60s and 70s when wealthy vacationers and Hollywood celebrities began rocking up to port in superyachts. It’s here that you’ll find all the luxury brands such as Hermès and Cartier as well as local designers that have made big names for themselves with the rich and famous. Elsewhere on the island, expect to see all sorts of goodies from beachwear to home wear to unique jewellery.
Put on your best eveningwear
If you love a sophisticated party scene then a St. Bart’s yacht charter is the vacation for you. After sunset, the swankiest hot spots come alive with one of the most reputable restaurants being Bonito Saint Barth - Latin-French cuisine with a South Beach vibe. The most romantic address is by far Eden Rock’s On the Rocks, perched on St. Jean Bay with the most magnificent views. Those wanting to party into the early hours should head to Le Ti St-Barth, where you’re led through a secret door, dressed up with flamboyant accessories and invited onto a strobe-lit dance floor. Other options for a late nightery are Bagatelle of New York fame, and Modjo St Barts, a late-night club with a lounge vibe.
Discover St. Bart’s underwater world
In the 90’s, St. Bart’s created the Natural Reserve of St. Barthelemy, with five sanctuary zones that protect the underwater ecosystems. With 22 incredible dive sites, visitors are welcome to explore the colourful shallow reefs and the many tropical and rare species. Dive below the upside-down wreck of the Nonstop, a yacht that sunk during Hurricane Hugo in 1989. On your St. Bart’s yacht charter you’re sure to have a choice of diving and fishing equipment not to mention exhilarating water toys like jet skis, seabobs and fly-boards. Your yacht’s captain will know the most idyllic anchorages to make the most of all the island has to offer.