Although it may not have the best snorkeling, it meets your other criteria. It is very safe, has lots of shopping, great beaches and great food. Take a look at Hotel Emeraude Plage on St. Nice place, reasonably priced by SBH standards and close to the little town of St. For more serious shopping you need to go to Gustavia. The hotel also has kitchenettes, so you can eat in some meals if going out is too much work after a hard day on the beach!
Anguilla is another option, but with much less shopping. Kitkatkk on Feb 19, 14 at In fact, St Bart's is one of the options I am most looking at now. I am trying to decide between going to the BVI and doing some island hopping or going to St Martin and hopping over to St. Any opinion between the two? The only thing I know for sure is I am traveling somewhere in the Caribbean March 7- Andrew on Feb 19, 14 at SXM has great beaches and food, but it is a bit more touristy.
I've always felt safe in SXM, but I would caution you to treat it as you would any large city - a woman alone after dark needs to be very aware. If you like casinos, jewelry shopping and bars, you will be happy on the Dutch side Maho area. So how did a tiny, dry and neglected outcrop become the favoured winter home to the stars? St Jean is the liveliest of the island's beaches and is great for people-watching First, it's small and hard to get to, which means it was never overrun by mass tourism.
Early visitors included the Rockefellers, who came for the isolation and beauty. Which is another feature. Further, it is French. The body beautiful stroll along St Jean beach in a mere nuance of a bathing suit, or ride by on a scooter, windswept with all that stylish nonchalance. Or, in my case, you end up sleeping in Kate Moss's villa. Although, I'll admit, it was a couple of weeks after she was on the island just before Christmas. Christmas and New Year are the busy times for the stars.
Last year Denzel Washington, Victoria Silvstedt and Bjorn Borg were to be seen.