St Barts is a paradise for shoppers. It is a duty free island and there are over 200 beautiful boutiques to explore. Fashion is not only part of the Island’s paradise setting but also part of its lifestyle. There is an incredible selection of top designer shops and also some wonderful boutiques as well as some brilliant designers that are unique to St Barths. It would definitely not be an overstatement to say that shopping for fashion in St Barths is a thousand times better than anywhere else in the Caribbean.Stores close for lunch from noon to 3, and many on Wednesday afternoon as well, but they are open until 7 in the evening. A popular afternoon pastime is strolling about the two major shopping areas in Gustavia and St-Jean.