The island of St. Barths is a dream destination that doesn’t disappoint. White sand beaches, azure seas, tropical flora and a relaxed atmosphere combine to make this Caribbean destination an absolute delight. Pack your vacation gear in your spinner luggage set, strap on your laptop backpack when it’s time to board the plane, and in just a few hours you can find yourself in a paradise of sand, surf and island culture.
What to Pack
When you are taking off for a long-awaited beach getaway, what you pack is often less important than what you pack it in. To achieve that totally relaxed, unencumbered no-worries mindset, you should have complete confidence that your luggage and carry-on bag are portable, convenient and ergonomic.
An ideal pairing of utility and panache, the two-piece 7739 Expandable Trunk Spinner Luggage Set from SWISSGEAR is one of those rare finds that really ticks all your boxes. With its stylish retro trunk design, you will blend right in with other posh travelers headed for St. Barths.
Once you arrive at the baggage claim carousel, simply pluck your distinctive suitcases off the conveyor, extend the telescoping handle, and you’re off. The four sets of multi-directional spinner wheels ensure your bag matches you move for move as you navigate the airport and grab a shuttle to your accommodations.
Before departure, be sure pack all your favorite lightweight outfits, your swimming gear, a hat or two and a big, comfy beach towel. The interior tie down straps will keep everything neatly in place so that when you reach St. Barths, you know just where to find the items you need.
Getting to the island paradise of St. Barths requires some advanced planning. The island does have its own airport, but it is too small for commercial airlines. Most people fly into St. Maarten, a much larger island with an international airport. From there, you have your choice of hopping aboard the daily commuter flight, arranging helicopter service or taking the local ferry.
The ferry ride is just 45 minutes from St. Maarten’s Marigot pier to the town of Gustavia on St. Barth’s. Whatever your preferred mode of transportation, be sure to reserve seats/tickets before you leave home.
When you are making travel connections, your SWISSGEAR 3576 Artz Laptop Backpack is an ideal carry-on. It has a specially designed laptop storage compartment to protect your sensitive electronics when you’re on the go.
The unique, uber-stylish profile merges the look of a vintage doctor’s bag and the convenience of a backpack. It carries everything you need in-flight, including a second water bottle, tablet and charging cables, plus your vacation essentials like sunscreen and your hat.
This unique backpack incorporates Swiss Gear’s premium comfort features like padded, adjustable shoulder straps. It will work great as a beach tote, too, and with 21 litres of storage space, it can carry plenty of purchases from legendary St. Barths shops.
Things to Do in St. Barths
Chances are that the first thing you will want to do once you unpack is head to one of the island’s superlative beaches. You have more than 20 to choose from, so getting started right away is a good plan.
Baie de St-Jean is probably the favorite among beachgoers. As such, it is bound to be the most crowded. However, scoping out your own spot on this popular strand is well worth it. You may spot some celebrities, and you’re sure to see windsurfers and snorkelers cavorting in the indelibly blue-green waters.
If something a bit more private is your idea of nirvana, head to Anse des Flamands in the northwest section of the island. A wide expanse of sand just three miles from Gustavia, this beach offers a more laid-back vibe. Stately palms provide spots of shade, and the gentle surf invites you to take a refreshing swim. Also, this beach is convenient to a variety of food options. There is even a trail to a nearby dormant volcano.
Shopping St. Barths
When you head out treasure-hunting for gifts and souvenirs, you’ll find no shortage of chic, designer boutiques on St. Barths. From the renowned Calypso clothing and accessories shop to Ligne St. Barth, which sells locally sourced, all-natural personal care products, the town of Gustavia offers a unique selection of items for your perusal.
You will need a carrier bag to protect your purchases from the elements and from loss, so bring along your SWISSGEAR 3577 Artz Laptop Backpack. The shoulder straps leave your hands free to shop, and the doctor bag opening on top makes it easy to nestle your newest find beside the others without anything getting rumpled.
The incognito back pocket is the perfect place to stow your credit cards, room keys and ID as you make your way through the shops. With its distinctive good looks, the 3577 backpack is likely to draw interest from other shoppers who want to know where you bought it and if they have more.
What to Eat on St. Barths
From fine French cuisine to gourmet grub from your choice of food trucks, tiny St. Barth’s has it all. Naturally, seafood takes the top spot at many restaurants such as Bonito on Rue Lubin Brin, but you can also find the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” from the Jimmy Buffet song at Le Select on the Rue du General de Gaulle. Creole, Thai, Italian and International cuisine are also great options, depending on what you have a yen for.
Celebrate St. Barths
Before you finalize your travel dates, check into the island’s annual festivals and events calendar to see what’s happening on St. Barths that may be of interest. Some of the most popular events include:
- New Year’s Day on St. Barths
- Mardi Gras Children’s Parade
- St. Barth Bucket Regatta in March
- Fete de la Musique in June
- National Day in July
- St. Barthelmy Fete in August
- New Year’s Eve Regatta
With the great variety of activities on offer, you can celebrate St. Barths in the way that suits you best. With the right luggage from Swiss Gear, you can benefit from more organized travel. You’ll arrive more relaxed and have more time to enjoy your dream vacation on this magnificent Caribbean island.