Whether or not it's paradise depends on your definition. It's a small, peaceful island, with beautiful beaches, incredible food and pricey shopping. Development is strictly controlled so you'll find no big resorts or food/retail/hotel chains.
I've only stayed in a villa so I can't really recommend a hotel, but there quite a few small ones on the island. Just expect to pay a lot. You may also want to consider renting a villa.
Diamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4030 times:
I've been there a few times. There aren't many choices of ways to get there. You'll almost definitely connect through SXM and take a Twin Otter into St. Barts. The landing is a bit of a wild ride, and you can find numerous pictures of it on this site.
The beaches nice and clean with white sand, and many are clothing-optional. There is great shopping and dining.
Each time I've been there I stayed at the Eden Rock, and I highly recommend it. There are only 13 rooms.
While you're there, consider taking a day-trip to the island of Saba. It's an interesting, tropical place and very different from St. Barts. It's also very quiet and unspoiled by tourism. It is essentially just a dormant volcano that rises up out of the water, with a small Dutch village near the top.
TIA From Albania, joined Mar 2006, 551 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3991 times:
St. Barts is so different from any other Caribbean island. I would definitely take advantage of the geographical proximity of the other islands to take day trips. When I visited I thought that St. Barts was extremely beautiful, but a little too dull, for lack of a better word. For example, SXM is much livelier.