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When dining on St. Barth, are reservations needed?

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I have to admit I am a planner. Typically, whenever I travel I like to have all of the trip details buttoned up beforehand. This brings me to my recent trip to St. Barth.  In preparation for my trip, I had most of our lunch and dinner reservations made in advance.

My best advice would be: if there is a restaurant or bar that you absolutely want to see or dine at, then make a reservation in advance just to be safe. I made reservations for lunch at Nikki Beach and was glad I did, as we were placed at some of the best seats in the house and the food was outstanding.

My husband and I dining at Nikki Beach, St. Barth.

Sexy Salad at Nikki Beach, St. Barth.

On another night however, we decided to just “wing it” and hit up a few hotspots without having a reservation. We went to Baz Bar in Gustavia for a light bite and capped off the night at Le Ti in Pt. Milou. Because we went to Baz Bar “early” at 8:00 p.m. we had no problem getting a seat. You will find some of the best music (and sushi!) on St. Barth at this little gem located right on the harbor.

Sushi at Baz Bar, St. Barth.

Le Ti was really busy by the time we arrived, so we had to wait about 10 minutes. No big deal, we just grabbed a drink and soaked up the atmosphere. Although the table we got did not provide a bird’s eye view of the performances that evening, we still had a fantastic time and our visit was well worth it. Le Ti is a “must” in St. Barth, especially on a Friday night when they have cabaret.  Plan on making a late night of it if you go, as the action doesn’t start until after 9pm. Le Ti is one of the most popular restaurants/party places in St. Barth. I highly recommend checking it out!

Smoked Salmon at Le Ti in Pointe Milou, St. Barth.

With all of this being said, please keep in mind that during certain times of the year, especially during the holidays and high season in St. Barth, most places are busier and reservations are recommended everywhere. However during the low season, they are for the most part not necessary.

Being the consistent planner that I am, I have to say that this trip to St. Barth has taught me a valuable lesson that I hope to implement in the future - sometimes the best plan is no plan!

Until next time. Au revoir!

- Leah Burns

Sunset from Villa Upside in Pt. Milou, St. Barth

June Trip Report – Family Style!

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St. Barth Villa Dinner

Dinner at La Plage

Lisa and I just got back from a week in St. Barth with our  2 children, Jessica and Jonathan.  They each also brought a friend.  Everyone had a great time and it was a lot of fun introducing our children’s friends to the beauty and culture that makes St. Barth so special.  We stayed in the Avenstar villa located in Camaruche overlooking Lorient Bay.  We had seen Avenstar before, but never actually stayed there.  Wow, what a great villa for either a family trip or a group of couples looking for a great place to enjoy a vacation.  Avenstar has 5 bedrooms, 2 pools, plenty of deck space for catching some sun (sunbathing), and a view that just won’t quit.  Each night, we sat on the deck and watched the sun go down as the children played in the upper pool.  What a perfect way to relax before the evening festivities.

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St. Barts Beaches - 101

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St. Barts Beaches

Entrance to Saline Beach.

Let me start by saying that (in my opinion) going to the beach in St. Barts is very different than going to the beach here in the United States.  There are 22 different beaches on this tiny island, which is only 8 square miles.  Each beach is a “small” cove where you can easily walk from one end to the other (and back) without really breaking a sweat.

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Should You Rent A Car On St. Barts? Absolutely Yes!!

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St. Barts Car Rental

Lisa getting into our mini Cooper after a day at the beach in St. Jean

I was recently working with a client to book an upcoming vacation to St. Barts and they had never been there before.  They had heard rumors that driving was a little scary on St. Barts and were curious if they really needed to rent a car.  While there are numerous taxi services on St. Barts, I always advise my clients to rent a car so they can truly explore all the great things that St. Barts has to offer.  Since we get asked this question a lot, I thought I would provide a few comments and observations about renting a car and driving on St. Barts.

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