Saint Barts residents are traditionalists who take pride in their heritage. The great moments of family life, such as birth, baptism, First Communion, engagement, marriage, and funerals, bring St Barts’ tradition and culture to life. Young men discreetly courted young girls under the chaperone’s eye during the 19th century, when St Barts regained some semblance of normalcy. For the patronal feast and folklore festivals, the traditional costume is always appreciated. Traditional headdresses were still worn by women a few years ago.
St. Barts is a never-ending source of joy, an island this gorgeous can’t help but heighten the senses. Each year in the spring, two internationally recognized and well-publicized maritime competitions are held, honoring the daring and competitive spirit of seafarers, who were, for a long time, the only people who visited St Barts. With the approach of Winter, the tropics’ ultimate season, skippers give way to stars. In November, famous chefs assemble for a unique culinary event, much to the pleasure of festival visitors. Finally, towards the end of the year, starry-eyed holidaymakers light up the island’s most festive night.
French cuisine, West Indian cuisine, Creole cuisine, Italian cuisine, and Asian cuisine are all popular in Saint Barthélemy. The island has more than 70 restaurants, many of which serve various dishes and a significant number of gourmet restaurants; many of the best restaurants are located in hotels.