A designated playground for the rich and famous, and winter home for the international jet set, St. Barths is small volcanic island surrounded by enchanting shallow reefs, million dollar yachts and crystal blue waters that drip with the promise of adventure and the ultimate experience in relaxation.
Originally a French collectivity, the language, culture and cuisine are distinctly French, with the obvious influence of the indigenous West Indies culture that once thrived here. While the dominant language is French, the tourism trade has made English an easily accessible language, with many of St. Barths inhabitants fluent in both languages.
While the Maldives are my favorite islands to visit, St. Barths ranks as my second favorite island destination, with its proliferation of local charm, color and genuine friendliness. The locals are quick to get to know you, often recognizing you immediately the next day.
This is a fabulous place to experience the best and most decadent aspects of European Culture without ever having to visit Europe. The food, nightlife, openness to culture, sex and nudity, make it a formidable destination for the celebrity, jet set scene that flock here in droves year round. This openness, while retaining an air of privacy and courtesy, is perhaps what makes St. Barths so unique, separating it from the other Caribbean Islands.
Taxi’s & Car Rentals
The island is small but almost everyone drives. It’s a little hard to understand at first until you get here! Taxis are few and far between, so you’ll want to establish the habit of reserving them in advance and understanding the system. Taxis are a safer way of exploring the island if you’re going to be imbibing whatever “adult pleasures” that you fancy, since many tend to drink and drive on these dangerous island roads. Establish a relationship with your taxi driver, making sure you know what time they end their night and get the number of the next available driver. Many drivers stop services at midnight or one o’clock in the morning. Knowing what’s up and reserving your taxi, once again, is the only thing that can stop unfortunate waiting situations!
Another great way to explore on your own accord, is to rent a car. Be prepared, however, as since it’s St. Barths, it will not be cheap, just like the taxis aren’t cheap! But, renting a car is still cheaper than being at the mercy of a taxi and you’ll have full access to many beaches, pools, hotels, nightclubs – whatever your heart desires! Just remember, Be Safe! And Be Responsible!
Topless Pools & Nude Beaches
Pools! There are a proliferation of pools and all of them are topless (if you choose to take your top off). Almost all of the hotels on the island with beach access will allow visitors to use the pool if you’re coming for drinks, lunch, sun bathing or general relaxation in the “day outing” sense. Don’t be shy! Get out and explore all of the wonderful and exotic swimming locales the island has in store! Hotel pools are a great place to socialize and meet other travelers and locals! Nudity is allowed but only at the “private” beaches.
Nightclubs and Restaurant
Centre Vaval – St. Jean Gustavia
Walking into Modjo’s feels like stepping into the movie Dirty Dancing when Baby is carrying the watermelon into the staff’s nightclub area and she sees them getting down with their naughty, dirty dancing. She looks at them in such awe and wants so badly to be a part of the crowd. The same thing happens when you walk into Modjo’s, as you instantly want to be a part of what they are offering…something different and cool. This is one of the newest nightclubs on the island and one of the best in my opinion. If you’re tired of the same old thump, thump house music then this is the perfect venue, as they play great music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and some current. Plus, it’s a bit of an older crowd, 30 and up, separating it from the youngsters of the house music generation. A great place to unwind and let the good times roll!
Rue Lubin Brin, Gustavia
One of the best and sexiest restaurants in St. Barth’s, as soon as you walk into the place there’s a store to the left that sells ‘barely there’ dresses for those hot nights out on the island. You can’t help but notice the energy of the place once you step inside. The DJ spins choice lounge music but mixes it up later in the night with 70s, 80s and 90s music. If your jet lagged and looking for a place to stimulate and wake up all your senses then head to Bonito. The sheer energy of the place will keep you awake and feeling energized to head out afterwards! The seats are cozy with gorgeous views of the harbor, beautiful people all around you and some of the finest food on the island. The first time I went, I ended up going back the next night as there were so many options on the menu! Plus, Bonito is the only place open late sometimes on the island. I went back again a week later as everything on the menu is so great! The staff is super friendly and remember you, greeting you as if they knew you forever. Try some of their speciality drinks such as the Porn Star or Porn King, if only to feel like one for the night! The Porn Star drink was my favorite!
Pointe Milou, Anse de Lorient
The only dinner and cabaret show on the island, this venue screams sexy with their red walls and red lighting. Be sure to stay late, after the show, as the place gets really wild. It’s located just outside of downtown located in the Pointe Milou district. The show starts at 10, so get there early to enjoy the bar and get a good seat before it gets too crowded. Weekdays are best, as it’s not super packed! Even though there are fewer people it’s still just as energetic and fun. Make sure to check out their store before dinner and the show start! It’s the only ‘showgirl style’ store on the island with crystal bras, panties, garter belts and more. Or you can wait to see items from the store, as there’s a fashion show before the cabaret show. Roughly 10 minutes later the cabaret shows starts with about 5 acts, including one male performance. The last act includes audience participation, so the closer you are to the stage, the more likely they will grab you to join them. But this is all in the spirit of fun and the beginning of the after-party, when the locals come to join in. If you’re here on a weekday and it’s happening, I would most definitely stay, as most places aren’t open this late on weekdays!
Located in the thriving, beating heart of Gustavia near all the popular restaurants and clubs, Monbart Lounge is the perfect stop after dinner before heading to the clubs or for a nice quiet evening out. This is positively the sexiest lounge in St. Barths! Reminiscent of the golden age of the 20s with Art Deco decor, the bar and elements of the walls are stunning eye candy made out of genuine gold flake. Make sure to say hello to the manager as he’s super friendly and very accommodating, a good friend to have while in town! The crowd that gathers here at Monbart Lounge represents more of the sophisticated and elegant tastes than some of the other bars and lounges in St. Barths.
Rue Samuel Fahlberg, Gustavia
Bagatelle is famous around the world in various, major cities and is well known as ‘the place to be.’ Located in downtown Gustavia, sitting on the pier, this is certainly the place to be seen in St. Barths! Decked out in Bagatelle’s signature all white decor with epic chandeliers, this place is stylish AND gorgeous. Weekends are best, but also depending on the time of year, this place can get very packed. Not being very big inside, the overflow spills outside on the patio and onto the pier. You can eat dinner here but it’s really not known for its food, as I would suggest other great places for dinner instead. The venue turns into a dance club around 11pm and goes well into the night. Locals tend to arrive later in the evening as they get off of work, and it tends to be a younger crowd…30s and under. The music is a fabulous mix between house and R&B. A great scene with beautiful people doing what they do best: Having Wild and Sexy, Naughty Fun!
Le Yacht Club and The First Club
Rue Jeanne d’Arc, Gustavia
Le Yacht Club and The First Club are a ‘two clubs in one experience’ located in Gustavia, just around the corner from Bagatelle on the pier. The charming Le Yacht Club is located on the main floor with all-white decor. Depending on the time of year and the weather, there is a luxuriously decadent patio where you can party into the wee hours of the night. These two clubs are run by the same owners as Le Ti, so they have the same sexy boutique shop available with sexy items to buy in case you get too hot dancing! The First Club is located upstairs and provides a large bottle service area with couches. The decor could be a lot better especially with all the money coming in and out of here for the bottle service. The random couches reminded me of something that people found on the side of the road and then decided to use them for their frat house. So, while I was a little disappointed with the decor, especially since the decor of the club below and Le Ti is so sexy, with enough people in the club you won’t even notice it late at night. This place can get very crowded as it’s the only big nightclub on the island and has been around the longest. Crowd tends to be well mixed depending on the time of year but still mostly young with music being predominately house and techno.
Rue Oscar II – Gustavia
Vanita Rosa is the creation of celebrated French model and fashion photographer Valerie Bourdin. With designs and textures inspired by the island itself, Vanita Rosa has a huge range of unique and expressive pieces which include dresses, tops and shorts. This is also a fantastic place to find sexy cover ups or that perfect silk dress for a night out! Elegant and chic, Vanita Rosa uses only the finest fabrics available for their clothing making sure that every stylish outfit is also one of the most comfortable as well! Perfect for your island getaway!
This beautiful, high end retail store located in Gustavia Harbor is an absolute must to stop at on your shopping journey through St. Barths. With beautiful beach cover-ups and tops by Taj and fabulous bags and sparkle flip flops by Mystic, who would want to miss this great shopping experience! The sales staff are relaxed and friendly, offering great advice and tips on what to get and how to wear it. L Joy is a real hidden gem of the island!
Located in the heart of Downtown Gustavia, Lolita Jaca is a brilliant fusion of bohemian spirit, high end materials and fabrics, unique designs and one of a kind prints which will have you feeling stylish, elegant and chic in no time flat. Lolita Jaca is the perfect place to find a sexy outfit which can work in a variety of settings. Casual? Dressy? Lolita Jaca has a little bit of everything with a whole lot of style and sensuality.
Situé à Gustavia
Located in Gustavia, Libertine sells a fantastic variety of lingerie, beachwear and sex toys, including a small but fabulous selection of dildos, vibrators and whips. The sex toys are located all the way in the back, so be sure and don’t miss them! Libertine is a great place to find naughty lingerie and their selection includes many of the major designers we’ve come to love and respect. Stop by Libertine and check it out if you need to find something sexy and naughty to surprise your lover with, you won’t be disappointed!
Villa Créole – Saint Jean
This beautiful, little French Boutique sells a wonderful selection of swimwear, lingerie, dresses and accessories, all of which are geared and suited to the island lifestyle. A touch of elegance, a touch of the modern bohemian and you get the picture of what Llena is about. Sleek, naughty swimsuits and sparkly, earth toned sandals, jewelry and so much more await your perusal at this hidden treasure on St. Barths.
Clic Bookstore and Gallery
Rue de la République – Gustavia
This is the naughtiest bookstore on the island with a fabulous selection of limited edition books celebrating erotic nudes, as well as beautiful prints to take home and hang on your wall. Plus, many local artists display their work here including the talented, celebrity photographer Jean-Phillipe Piter, who’s well known for his photos of erotic nudes. He is also the publisher of Pure, the naughtiest magazine on the island! You can’t miss it, as it’s always the one with the beautiful, naked girl on the cover!
He’s available for private photo shoots. Just email or call him and he gets back to you right away, even going as far as meeting with you to help you become more comfortable and to learn what kind of pictures you want. He will even take you to the various beaches that he feels get the highest quality beach photos. He also has access to gorgeous villa’s with a beautiful, sexy pool to shoot in. This is definitely a great souvenir gift to take home with you!
Chrystele Escure is a well established and brilliantly talented photographer whose subjects are far ranging and ever changing. She is available for almost any kind of photo shoot that you may dream up! With an uncanny eye and wonderful ability to capture the heart and soul of the second of the moment, Chrystele is the perfect choice for photos you may wish to take on the island for souvenirs and mementos – a permanent piece of high quality art that can also make the perfect gift as well!
Skin Jewel Tattoos
Skin Jewel Tattoos at Marina St. Barth plays host to a bold, new generation of temporary tattoos. Guraranteed to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before and available in a wide selection of very sexy gold and sparkling silver. Put some on different areas of your body before you lay out in the sun or going out on the town! They are much like wearing jewelry and will make you feel sexy and confident. Be a little naughty by getting them placed somewhere where only your lover can see them! Or the sexy guy you bring home!