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Whether you visit for a day or several days, you will be won over by the charm and elegance of the island of Saint Barthélemy (nicknamed “St Barth”), as well as by the cleanliness, safety and serenity that reign there.
You will enjoy :
– The visit of the historic port of Gustavia, or the tour of the island,
– Dream shopping without taxes…
– High quality restaurants!
– The 22 beaches with turquoise waters and white sand…
Beyond the luxurious reputation of the island, with many stars who frequent St Barth (that you may meet during your visit!), the destination remains a safe value quite amazing, which escapes mass tourism and absolutely deserves to be explored: it is the must stopover of your trip in the Caribbean!
If you have chosen a tour with a vehicle, you will be able to move around the island and see that the “jet set” neighborhoods with villas, yachts and luxury stores cohabit with small villages and wilder sites (Corossol, Salines, Grand Fonds).
Going to Saint-Barthélemy by Ferry : already a show…
The VOYAGER Ferry offers a unique show to its passengers, from the first minutes of the crossing.
From Marigot, passing by the north coast of Saint Martin, you will discover Friar’s bay, Happy bay, Grand Case, Anse Marcel, Pinel, Tintamarre and Fourchue islands, before a great moment of emotion: the magnificent turquoise harbor of Gustavia with its yachts in the middle of the small islets (Pain de Sucre and Petits Saints) and the pretty little red roofs of the houses.
From St Barthelemy to St Martin Marigot, if the ship goes south (depending on the ship’s schedule and the weather), you will discover Pointe blanche and Phillipsburg Bay (with its huge liners), Simpson Bay, Mullet Bay, the cliffs of Cupecoy, and the beaches of Terres Basses (Baie Longue, Baie aux Prunes and Baie Rouge) before entering Marigot Bay.
Ready to draw your camera? All along the crossing, the luckiest ones will be able to admire sea birds (gannets, pelicans), whales (from February to April), or flying fish… You can also observe the islands of Anguilla, the volcanoes of Saba, St Eustatius (Statia) or St Kitts. In the harbor of Gustavia, watch out for turtles swimming quietly in the middle of anchored yachts during the day!
If you travel in the late afternoon, you will probably have the chance to enjoy a sunset and take an unforgettable selfie…
A beautiful and unforgettable visit!
Take a walk in Gustavia around the harbor, and if you can take a tour of the island, enjoy the extraordinary panoramas!
Amazing duty free shopping…
The “rendez-vous” of prestigious brands and small trendy fashion boutiques, duty free!
22 Paradise Beaches
22 white sandy beaches, with turquoise waters, bathed by the Caribbean sun…
Visit Gustavia in one day…
Strolling through the streets of the capital of Saint Barth, Gustavia, is a pleasure not to be missed.
You will notice the pretty traditional wooden huts and street signs (with their names in Swedish!), alongside the most prestigious signs typical of Gustavia. Around the rectangular harbor, often filled with huge luxurious yachts, are hidden the traces of the Nordic influence, linked to the island’s past. Lovers of old stones will go to the other side of the harbor (at the Point) to visit the Wall House museum. This building, built at the time of the Swedish colonization, was recently restored.
On the way, they will stop for a visit of the Anglican church, the Catholic church and the old Swedish bell tower, located high up. A visit to the “Sélect”, Gustavia’s cult bar where residents and tourists live together all year long will immerse you in the local life of the island.
A stopover at Shell beach (5 minutes walk from the city center) is a “must”, this pretty little beach with calm waters is made up of tiny shells and offers the possibility to eat at the water’s edge.
Status : Overseas collectivity (2007)
Area and Population: 25m2 and 10 000 inhabitants
Languages: French, English, Creole.
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Time : GMT -4
Currency : Euros (US Dollars often accepted)
Stores : generally open from 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 7pm
Electricity : 220v/60hz
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The must-sees: hiking, beaches, water activities, art galleries…
If you have the chance to stay several days in St Barths, the fauna and flora of St Barths being very rich and varied, many activities are offered to you. For nature lovers, you will also have the choice between several hikes: the one to Colombier to access its magnificent beach (steep access by Colombier or easier by Flamand), the one to Grand Fond to access the natural pools, or the one to access another beautiful natural pool from Petit cul de Sac (beware of sea urchins, and to be avoided in case of rough sea).
Water activities are also very popular and there is no lack of them: surfing (in Lorient), kite surfing and windsurfing (Grand cul de sac), snorkeling (Shell Beach, Corossol, Gouverneur), jet skiing or scuba diving…
Saint Barthelemy also offers a great artistic wealth with several artists who propose their works in the art galleries of the island.
Finally, the island offers internationally renowned events throughout the year: the carnival, the Saint Barth Gourmet Festival, the music festival or renowned sailing regattas such as the Bucket, Les Voiles de St Barth, the West Indies Regatta or the Cata Cup…
Rent a car in Saint-Barth : the best option !
By car or quad, the day tour of the island is really very pleasant and allows you to fully enjoy and visit St Barth.
Passing through the Col de la Tourmente, you will have access to a breathtaking view of the airport with a bronze statue of a young Amerindian blowing into a lambi in the center of the crossroads. And above the crossroads, the spectacular little planes shave the roofs of the cars to land on the short runway (only 640 meters). Thrills guaranteed!
Further on, it is in Corossol, that you will find the authenticity of St Barths, in this small village, where fishermen and old ladies perpetuate an ancestral knowledge, the weaving of latanier, they transform them into hats or other decorative objects.
It is in Colombier that you will have access to one of the most popular viewpoints of St Barths, where you can have a panoramic view on the long beach of Colombier, Flamand and on your right, on the sea and its islets (islets Bonhomme, Frégates, Toc vert…) By continuing your way towards Saint Jean, you will be able to benefit from a very beautiful beach of a turquoise blue surmounted by the Eden Rock, with pretty stores in the vicinity
For fans of Johnny Hallyday, continue your tour of the island towards L’orient if you want to have the chance to pay your respects to his grave. The Lorient cemetery is known for its colorful flowers, its calm and its cleanliness. Take the opportunity to visit the church Notre Dame de l’Assomption (next to the cemetery), whose steeple is a listed monument, and look at its frame in the shape of an inverted boat hull. You can also walk along the beach and take a picture near the pretty and colorful surfers’ hut. To the south of the island is Grand Fond, where the road is narrow, lined with low dry-stone walls against a backdrop of barren plains, and is the wildest coastline on St. Barthélemy. The famous Russian star dancer Rudolf Nureyev chose this site to build his wooden house between the small road and the often turbulent sea. When you arrive on the heights, stop for a moment to admire the view of Grand Fond. It is in Saline that salt was once exploited (until 1972). Many birds still gather in the now deserted salt works. At the end of the road, you can continue on foot (5 minutes) to admire the spectacular arrival between two dunes of one of the most famous beaches of the island of Saint Barth: Grande Saline. Wild beauty, clear sand and turquoise water are on the agenda! Finally, to end your drive, we invite you to make a last stop on Gouverneur beach, a paradise beach, a real dream setting…
Hotels and Gastronomy : an art of living in St Barths !
Hotels in St Barths are numerous and for all tastes: from the luxurious 5 star palace to the charming hotels or more simple bed and breakfasts… What to spend an unforgettable stay in St Barths.
Gastronomy in St Barths is considered an art of living, recognized worldwide. The island has a strong culinary culture and identity, which is recognized each year by a GASTRONOMY FESTIVAL (St Barth Gourmet festival) that brings together the best chefs in the world. From the small local restaurant to the luxurious gastronomic restaurant, the restaurant offer is important and of high quality, you will taste a refined Western cuisine, a typical French cuisine, or delicious Creole dishes… often facing the sea!
Saint Barthelemy, its geography and climate
The island of Saint-Barthélemy is located in the Caribbean arc, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west, 230 km northwest of mainland Guadeloupe, and 25 km southeast of Saint-Martin. It is a mountainous island surrounded by numerous islets among which are Chevreau Island, Coco, Ile Fourchue, Ile Frégate and La Tortue. Different types of landscapes cover the island: seaside, ponds, rocky cliffs, valleys or plateaus and limestone hills.
The highest point of Saint Barthelemy is the Morne de Vitet at 286 meters and the capital is called Gustavia. The tropical island of the French West Indies has 30 km of coastline with sublime beaches and temperatures that vary from 27° in winter to 30° in summer (water temperature up to 29°). There are two main seasons: Lent with cool air and mild temperatures from December to May, and during the rest of the year the wintering period with warmer air (and the possibility of cyclones in September and October).
The fauna and flora of St Barthélemy
Saint Barth is a rocky and mountainous land, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Its tropical maritime climate makes it quite arid and when there are showers, they are short-lived. The flora is therefore not very dense! It is nevertheless very interesting.
Cacti, hibiscus, aloes and orchids are mixed with various species of trees such as the guaiac, the flamboyant, the tamarind, the quenettier or the latanier, a type of coconut tree which was imported in the 19th century, whose leaves are used to weave hats and baskets.
Their colors, flamboyant during the dry season, transform the island into a tropical garden that envelops long white sandy beaches such as those of Saline or Les Flamands.
In Saint Barth, the seabed is spectacular and part of it is classified as a nature reserve. It would be a pity to spend a vacation there without taking up diving!
You would then miss the wonderful coral reefs restored by the Coral Restoration Saint-Barth association.