With its French roots, at times St. Barts resembles a piece of land on the French Riviera rather than an island in the Caribbean. This extends to its beaches, where a varying degree of clothing is found – or not found – depending on the beach. Anse de Grande Saline and Gouverneur Beach are quite liberal, while St. Jean and Flamands Beaches are more family friendly.
However, what most individuals enjoy most about St. Barts is its growing nightlife. Yachters from around the world set sail to this island to drop anchor next to Hollywood stars, royalty, and the elite. Read more about St. Barts and other Caribbean yachting destinations at http://boatcaribbean.com/
Some clubs which always draw a crowd include:
■ Bar de l’Oubli: In order to stand out among the growing number of clubs and lounges on St. Barts, Bar de l’Oubli opens at 7:00 in the morning to accommodate patrons who need a shot of hot coffee after a night of too many cocktails. It also stays open late for those who are ready for another night of partying.
■ Bartolomeo and Bar’Tô Lounge: These seductive restaurant and bar stand side by side, enabling you to dance and drink at one location and relax and dine at the other.
■ Baz Bar: If you are seeking a mellow hangout that includes jazz, the blues, and soul music, than Baz is it. Located on Gustavia harbor, the drinks here are refreshing and the music is utterly hip.
■ Do Brazil: Situated on beautiful Shell Beach, Do Brazil is a pub and café that specializes in French-Tai and French-Brazilian cuisine. Specialties include Mahi-Mahi Moqueca and a succulent duck breast with pineapple, Szechwan pepper, and puréed pumpkin.
■ Le Select: When Jimmy Buffet sings of his Cheeseburger in Paradise, he was referring to Le Select. This “glorified shanty” honored Buffet by naming the open air garden after the song. Live music here is rarely scheduled and if often the result of musical patrons making an impromptu performance.
■ Le Ti St. Barth: Don’t be fooled by its inconspicuous interior. Le Ti St. Barth hosts some of the Caribbean’s hottest, most talked about parties.
■ Nikki Beach St. Barth: Nikki Beach St. Barth is the ultimate beach club experience and has been dubbed “The Sexiest Place on Earth.” Everything screams of a good time, from the stylish décor to the hottest music to the beautiful people, including the staff.
■ The Yacht Club: You won’t find loud music and flashy lights here, but rather stunning harbor views and an open-air atmosphere that mixes the blues of the waters with white flowing draperies.