We’re already deep into the heart of winter, which means you’re most likely ready for the snow to subside and the sunshine to make its way back to your area of the world. But if you’d rather not wait for the temperature to heat up, St. Barths is calling your name. March and April are some of the best times to visit the picturesque island, with temperatures resting at a breezy 84-86 degrees F.
The sophisticated French island is a hotspot for the well-to-do and jetsetters hit its beach each winter in search of its perfectly-turquoise bays, powder-soft sand and wonderfully-luxurious hotels. Along with its postcard-worthy landscapes, the archipelago is also known for its chic boutiques boasting the latest French fashions, high-end restaurants featuring local cuisines and of course, its many megayachts parked in the harbor.
Because of this, St. Barths is one of the region’s most expensive islands and indulging in a week stay here is reserved for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Although you could spend most of your time lounging beach side or sailing around its 21 beaches, the benefit of a springtime trip means you’ll get to enjoy some of the island’s best events and activities.
From March 16-19, the St. Barths Bucket Regatta takes place around the island featuring three days of races between 40 stunning sailboats and yachts. The regatta is one of the most established and prestigious invitational sailing yacht races in the world, and this year marks its 26th year in operation. Each March, guests from across the globe come to check out exclusive vessels, charter yachts and mingle with international designers to discuss their next boat purchase. The weekend also includes a number of chic social events to enjoy such as the invitation-only owner’s reception, the Bucket Bash at Hôtel de la Collectivité and the Final Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party.
If you’re planning on visiting in April, look into coming towards the end of the month to check out the island’s 23rd Annual St. Barth Film Festival from April 25-30. The affair highlights filmmaking in the Caribbean through a series of screenings, debates and meet-and-greet opportunities to chat with film makers, actors and notable producers. Last year’s shindig showcased three films from Cuba ranging in themes such as sensual and nostalgic fiction to a historical film about the end of the Spanish-Cuban-American War. This year’s films have not been released, but you can be sure you’ll find some unexpected surprises among its titles. Throughout the fest, guests can also participate in round-table discussions on Caribbean cinema to get a better understanding of the region’s arts and culture scene.
Other springtime events include the Les Voiles de St. Barth from April 10-15 and the St. Barths Theatre Festival from May 18-27. The former draws in over 1,000 sailors to participate in a week-long regatta boasting racing events, concerts and other beachside activities. In May, the theater fest offers performances by local St. Barths companies and visiting troupes from neighboring islands and France.
By Jackie Bryant