St Barts Island :: Still An Affordable Vacation


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There are many who will argue that a vacation to St Barts Island is not affordable.  But a new article by the New York Times begs to differ – at least if you look at it in a “relative manner.”

When you think about a vacation to St Barts Island, you might have visions of private yachts, champagne sipping, and famous Hollywood starts with their entourages in tow.  And believe me, you’re likely to see all those things.  But, you don’t have to be part of an exclusive party to make your dream vacation a reality.

Poolside at Salines Garden Cottages

Salines Garden, St Barths
Salines Garden, St Barths photo by carlosmelia

Check out the Salines Garden Cottages on the South Shore of the island, which is not quite so developed, as of yet.  They have 5 cottages starting at just 80 euro a night! What could be more affordable than that? Other options include Auberge de Terre Neuve or the Sunset Hotel.

When it’s time to eat, try the Wall House Restaurant on Gustavia Harbor where you can get lunch for 17.50 euros and dinner for just 29.

Want to be more relaxed while you sip a cocktail? Try Cafe Victoria or Le Bouchon, where lunch is prepared quickly but it doesn’t sacrifice the taste! Bugers, pizza, salads, wine, and beer….the typical grab-and-go vacation style food. As an added bonus, they are open late, so even if you stay on the beach all day long and into the twilight, you can still get good food on the cheap!  If you’re on vacation without any children, or you’ve brought a nanny along, let your hair down

Wall House Gustavia, St Barths
Wall House Gustavia, St Barths photo by Diane and Tom Sullivan

and party it up with the locals at Ti Zouk K’Fe; a favorite on Gustavia Harbor. Heinekens are just 2.50 euros.

Whatever your price point, there’s a vacation at St Barts Island for everyone; you just need to know where to look.  Once you start digging around, you’ll likely find that a night in a cottage on this island is cheaper than a night at many hotels in the states.



The best of tips on how to get to St Barths, where to dine, the beaches we prefer,  when to pick a luxury hotel or a private villa, and more tips to enjoy the island at its best.