We considered our honeymoon location for a while before choosing to visit St. Barts. We knew we wanted to go somewhere tropical, beautiful, and remote- and St. Barts turned out to be the perfect place! Although I am slightly embarrassed to admit this, I originally got the idea to visit St. Barts from a Real Housewife, i.e. Mrs. Bethenny Frankel herself. Bethenny and her husband Jason went to St. Barts for their honeymoon, and documented the trip on her reality show. I immediately fell in love with St. Barts while watching that episode and have been dying to go ever since.
St. Barts is a small island in the French West Indies located in the Caribbean just south of St. John, and within view of St. Maarten. It is where many celebrities flock to vacation because of its peaceful ambiance, and extremely safe environment. You can literally walk around the island at midnight (we did), and feel completely safe. There are no "questionable" areas to be found, and it is as kid friendly as it is a couple's paradise.
There are a couple of things that one should be warned about before visiting St. Barts.
Warning #1- St. Barts is a European island; This means that most of the women on the beaches/ pools are topless! Even though people had warned us about the nudity beforehand, it was still shocking to see naked women prancing around before your (and your husband's) very eyes. When we were first warned about this, we thought that the only nude people that we'd see would be the ones that nobody wants to see; Boy were we wrong! St. Barts is filled with beautiful men and women, and I think just about every nude woman we saw was quite attractive...my poor husband! ;)
Warning #2- St Barts is very VERY expensive! I'm talking $40 for a cheeseburger, $10 for a coca-cola. St. Barts operates in Euros, and the U.S. dollar does not go very far there. Of course we knew that our honeymoon was going to be expensive, but this was beyond our imagination. After the first day of spending several hundred dollars on food alone, we realized that there was no way we could keep this up for the entire trip. Thankfully our Hotel (Hotel Le Christopher- more on that in a bit) provided an amazing breakfast buffet each morning. We decided to take advantage of this amenity, and fill up on breakfast each day so that we wouldn't need much for lunch. This way, we didn't feel guilty for indulging in an expensive dinner. It actually worked out really well, and I am proud of our resourcefulness.
If you are able to heed these warnings and tolerate a little bit of nakedness and a lota bit of money, you will LOVE St. Barts! I can honestly say that I have never visited a more beautiful piece of Earth, and can't wait to return again one day.
Lastly I would like to plug the resort that we stayed at, Hotel Le Christopher. This was the most incredible hotel! We had our very own Villa that boasted amazing views, and fresh orchids/wildflowers throughout. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating upon every interaction- Not to mention they were all young and attractive, which I don't think was a coincidence. The hotel was extremely private, and a honeymooner's paradise. The atmosphere was sexy and cool, and I miss it!