St. Barths Information
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St. Barths Overview
St. Barthélemey, lovingly known as St. Barths, is a sunny and chic island famous for sailing and high-end shopping. With great beaches and blue waters in its Marine Park and protected lands, this tiny island has plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. You can spend your day sailing the seas, scuba diving or watching a regatta. Not that you need to spend all day outdoors to enjoy St. Barths. This tiny island is also home to upscale hotels, spas, top restaurants and of course, great shopping. Soak up the local ambience by sauntering up and down the streets in Gustavia as you browse in and out of the fine French stores. And you’ll for sure want to enjoy the over 80 restaurants St. Barths has to offer. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or time to rest and relax with friends, St. Barths has just what you need.
Mapping Out St. Barths
St. Barths is eight square miles of tropical paradise - beaches, coves and rolling hills surround the perimeter of the island. The island’s northeastern shore is home to two splendid lagoons known as Anse du Grand Cul-de-Sac and Anse de Marigot. On the other extreme is Morne Vitet, the highest mountain peak on the island. In between the mountains and sandy coastline are a potpourri of valleys, hills, slopes, and rolling fields.
If you want to try out some surfing, then you'll want to venture over to Toiny Beach.
Deemed one of the prettiest coast lines, Toiny Beach is located in the southeast region of the island off the Atlantic Ocean. It’s said to be the most photographed area with its picturesque stone fences, green rolling hills, rocky cliffs and magnificent waves that crash into the shore. If the sea is calm, then you can swim here. But the ocean waters at Toiny Beach are often better suited for surfing.
Known as the "Cannes" of the islands for its chic, trendy attitude, deluxe accommodations and the scores of celebrities who frequently visit, St. Barth's is a place for people with as much leisure money as time. The island's amenities include terrific diving, snorkeling and sun bathing on beaches.
If you want to swim, snorkel or lounge, then spending the day at Anse de Petit Cul-de-Sac is a good choice for you. The “it” beach is St. Jean where you’ll find plenty of sand and calm waters. Or, if you want a short hike to your cove, then you’ll want to visit the gorgeous “Rockefeller Beach”, named for Mr. Rockefeller who put St. Barths on the map.
Sail the Seas
St. Barths is a sea lover’s utopia. The calm seas and the sunny days make for a great sailing spot.
You’ll see eye-catching yachts and sailboats docked at the marinas. And when you’re ready to set sail, you can charter a boat so you can explore St. Barths from the sea. Spending a day anchored in a quiet bay where you can swim, snorkel and dive, plus enjoy cocktails and lunch sounds pretty magnificent.
Shop 'Til You Drop
You’ll love spending a day or two strolling through the high end shops and boutiques in St. Barths. Department stores are duty-free. Boutiques are bountiful. Credit cards come in handy. It's not cheap, but those who choose to shop here say it's well worth the price.
This duty-free mecca is always opening new stores for visitors to explore. Grab a café au lait in Gustavia and delight in such upscale French favorites as Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Cartier.
Taste of St. Barths
Dining in St. Barths is part of the experience. The cuisine is diverse, exquisite, yet elegantly casual.
You’ll find dishes made with freshly caught seafood, paired with an excellently chosen wine. French-style brasseries offer fresh and simple cuisine. Or, find a creperie and indulge! Grabbing light snacks and meals at a local grocery and packing a picnic is a great way to still enjoy St. Barths cuisine but save on spending. No matter what your taste is, St. Barths will certainly cater to your culinary needs.
St. Barths Quick Facts
French is the official language, but many people do speak English.
The Euro is the most common currency on the island.
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from St. Barths.
The water is considered to be safe. If in question, drink bottled water only.
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
mid-December – mid-April