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Embracing the Winter Sun in St. Barths

Embracing the Winter Sun in St. Barths

14th December 2023

As winter casts its icy spell over much of the world, discerning travelers seek refuge in the sun-soaked haven of St. Barths. Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, this idyllic island is a gem that beckons with pristine beaches, azure waters, and culture. Discover below some of its unmissable addresses for an unparalleled winter escape. 

St. Barths, officially known as Saint Barthélemy, emerges as a jewel in the Caribbean archipelago, renowned for its captivating blend of French sophistication and Caribbean charm. This small island spans just 9.7 square miles and boasts a rich tapestry of pristine white-sand beaches, lush hillsides, and charming retreats.

While the allure of St. Barths is perennial, the most popular period is during the winter months, from November to April. This timeframe offers an ideal climate, with temperatures ranging from 75°F to 85°F (24°C to 29°C) and gentle trade winds. 

Leo Jordil, St. Barths native and IYC Sales Consultant, candidly states, “Very simply put, it's an island. We are surrounded by water. It's probably the best playground we have." Here, the possibilities are as boundless as the horizon, offering a playground of experiences that extend beyond the deck of your yacht.

Culinary Delights

Amidst the pristine beauty of St. Barths lies a vibrant culinary scene. Below, we have selected some of our favorites for memorable meals:

Bonito: for an unparalleled gastronomic journey, indulge in the fusion wonders of this Peruvian tropical haven. Located in the port of Gustavia, the restaurant offers breathtaking views on the harbor, and a culinary spectacle that matches its scenic charm. 

L’Isola: the island's one and only Italian gem that has earned acclaim for its sophisticated recipes crafted with the utmost care using premium ingredients imported directly from Italy. With its refined ambiance and warm atmosphere, this elegant restaurant ensures a memorable culinary experience for guests.

Zion: The Chef's Table is an exclusive dining experience by Chef Jean-Baptiste Piard. Enjoy a surprise 7-course dinner tailored to your preferences, ensuring a unique culinary adventure each visit. This hidden gem, limited to six guests per night, is a must for food enthusiasts. Reserve your spot in advance!

Le Toiny: Enjoy exclusive service on the beach in their brand new Beach Club for lunch and savor dinner in the idyllic setting of their gourmet restaurant.

Beefbar: New to the island, this restaurant stands as an ideal haven for travelers seeking a tranquil yet upscale experience perched on green hills with breathtaking panoramic views of Gustavia The culinary journey extends beyond exquisite beef cuts, with extraordinary combinations, such as the Wagyu Langouste Surf & Turf, featuring locally sourced Langouste with La Sauce Beefbar and their signature Miso Black Beef.

Le Cheval Blanc: From dedicated chefs, to knowledgeable sommeliers, to detailed-driven Majordomes, there is something for everyone here. With different bars and restaurants to choose from, this property offers refined elegance at all hours of the day. 

Eden Rock: Celebrating their 70th anniversary this year. Dining at Eden Rock is a culinary delight. The hotel boasts distinguished restaurants in an ambiance that is both sophisticated and relaxed, making it an ideal setting for romantic dinners or special celebrations. They also offer a quick pickup option to take the experience home.

Nikki Beach: a favorite on Sundays offering a fun atmosphere and an epicurean adventure under the Caribbean sun.

Sayolita: usually where the after-party spills over following a day spent at Nikki Beach, this authentic bar serves up impeccably crafted cocktails. It's the perfect place to unwind after surf sessions, gathering around the bar to enjoy a wave of expertly mixed drinks alongside a platter of charcuterie, sushi, and fish tartars.

Evenings: From Secluded Chill to Vibrant Parties

As the sun sets over the Caribbean horizon, St. Barths transforms into a haven for nightlife aficionados. Dance the night away at Bagatelle, where the beats are lively, and the atmosphere is electric. It's a must-visit for those seeking a vibrant nightlife experience. For a more intimate setting, head to La Petite Plage, where the ambiance is perfect for a romantic evening or a night out with friends. For a full cabaret experience, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Le Ti, where themed nights and live performances create an unforgettable party experience.


Diving and Snorkeling: Explore coral reefs teeming with marine life, shipwrecks, and underwater caves. Top dive spots include Pain de Sucre and the Lorient Shipwreck.

Hiking Trails: Lace up your hiking boots and explore the island's lush hillsides. Trails like Colombier Beach Trail offer breathtaking views of the coastline, rewarding hikers with secluded beaches and panoramic vistas.

Golfing Excursion in Anguilla: Take a boat ride or get picked up by helicopter and head to Anguilla for an exceptional golfing experience. Tee off at the stunning Greg Norman-designed course at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, surrounded by breathtaking Caribbean views. 

Beach Retreats: Unwind on St. Barths' renowned beaches, each with its own charm. Saline Beach is a secluded paradise, while St. Jean Beach offers a vibrant atmosphere with beachside bars and water activities. Explore Flamands Beach, known for its powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. Venture to Shell Beach, a unique stretch of shoreline adorned with millions of small shells and to catch the best sunsets. It's an ideal spot for collecting shells, enjoying a quiet beach day, or snorkeling in the clear waters. 

Exploring Gustavia: Wander through the charming streets of Gustavia, the capital of St. Barths. Discover boutique shops, art galleries, and chic cafes. Don't miss out on Le Carré, the shopping district known for its luxury brands and unique finds and make sure to stop by the IYC office while you’re here. 

Local Markets: Explore the local markets, such as the Gustavia Fish Market for a taste of authentic Caribbean flavors and the opportunity to purchase fresh seafood, local produce, and artisanal goods.

Cultural Encounters: Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting the Wall House Museum in Gustavia, which provides insights into the island's history and maritime heritage.

Wellness and Spas: Embrace relaxation and rejuvenation at one of St. Barths' world-class spas. Treat yourself to a pampering session with a range of luxurious spa treatments, set against the backdrop of the island's tranquil ambiance.

Water Sports Extravaganza: Surfing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, jet-skiing, and more. The island's various beaches offer the perfect playground for those seeking both adventure and relaxation.


Carnaval: Held in February, carnival in St. Barths typically features vibrant parades, music, dance, and elaborate costumes. Participants and spectators alike can enjoy the lively atmosphere and festivities. 

St. Barths Bucket Regatta: Held in March, this regatta is known for attracting some of the world's most luxurious and impressive sailing yachts. Festivities typically involve a series of races and social events, bringing together sailing enthusiasts and yacht owners for a week of competitive sailing and socializing. The regatta has gained a reputation for its friendly yet competitive spirit, as well as the stunning backdrop of the Caribbean waters surrounding St. Barths. Participants often include a mix of professional sailors, yacht owners, and sailing enthusiasts who come to showcase their vessels and compete in various race categories.


IYC Saint-Barthélemy

IYC proudly established a winter office on the island and is the only major yachting company with a local presence. Situated strategically in the heart of the island's capital, Gustavia, and within convenient walking distance of the harbor, IYC's St. Barths serves as a dedicated hub for yachting enthusiasts seeking unparalleled services. Our experienced and knowledgeable team is available daily to address any inquiries related to yachting, including yacht sales and purchases, chartering, yacht management, charter management, insurance, agency services, crew management, and new build consultation. To find out more about the office, click here.

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