Travel Diary


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I’ve always been drawn to the beach—and St. Barth’s is my favorite place for a quick winter escape. Its blend of French roots and Creole culture give the island plenty of personality and a distinct vibe: European elegance meets tropical ease. From great cuisine to the best shopping, here are my musts for a weekend in paradise. 

…spend the afternoon at Saline Beachturquoise water, white sand and a gorgeous crowd. Heaven!

…sunset at Shell Beachsuch a serene spot to watch the sun go down. It’s even better with a rum punch from Dõ Brazil in hand. 

…lunch at Le Tamarina St. Barth’s staple. It’s built around a giant, hundred-year-old tamarind tree that grows in the middle of the garden patio. You can lounge in a hammock hung from its branches while you wait for a table.

…dinner at Maya'sit’s fabulous and it’s right on the water. The menu changes daily and always wows me. 

…for a canvas tote at Loulou’s Marineit’s in Gustavia, the island’s capital. While you’re there, browse the incredible antiques for sale at The House, then grab a burger at Le Select. They say it’s the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

Ligne St. Barth’s Roucou Tanning Oilthey make the best natural sun products, always elegantly packaged.

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