The Caribbean normally evokes thoughts of beautiful sunsets, warm weather, sandy beaches, and the occasional steel drum. But there's another sophisticated, classy side to the Caribbean that lures the likes of Hollywood stars and media moguls. There is upscale European flair to be found in these crystal clear waters, and you don't have to be George Clooney (or his date) in order to go there. Several Caribbean islands maintain links to their colonial pasts, but few do it with the stylish bravado of St. Barthelemy.
St. Barths, as it is known, exhibits European chic and Caribbean cool at the same time. It is one of the Leeward Islands, and with its counterparts Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Martin, it represents a distinctly French area of the Caribbean. On St. Barths you are likely to find traditional French cuisine as well as a lot of fusion and international dishes. Visit the fish market near Gustavia or pick up fresh produce in St. Jean if you like preparing your own food. There are also plenty of private chefs and gourmet take-out stands to go around!
Anse de Columbier for its beauty and seclusion. Anse de Columbier is accessible only by foot or by boat, which helps cut down on the traffic. Anse de l'Orient is recommended for people who like to surf. Of course, if you enjoy watching other people surf, then you will have fun too!
In Gustavia, the capital of St. Barths, Le Select is a popular dive that attracts all sorts of people. It has been around a while, and its reputation keeps the people coming. Baz Bar is also worth a visit because it is situated on the harbor, and there is live music. Talk about ambience!
If you need landside accommodations (as opposed to sleeping on a sleek yacht in the harbor!), then consider Salines Garden Cottages or Eden Rock. There is a terrific plunge pool at the cottages, and the "rock" is a promontory that juts out in the water and attracts a celebrity clientele.