Saint-Barthélemy: what to do, what to see…


Saint Barthelemy

Het turkooizen water en de groene hellingen bij de Anse des Flamands op Saint-Barthélemy.
© cdwheatley / Istockphoto - Het turkooizen water en de groene hellingen bij de Anse des Flamands op Saint-Barthélemy.

Reading time: 0 minPublished on 9 February 2023, updated on 22 May 2024

Saint-Barthélemy is the smallest island of the French West Indies. This delicate, precious jewel of an island is very far from the madding crowd. Here, the opportunity to live life at nature's pace is to be savoured. Swim with turtles, dive from the cliffs, surf the turquoise waves,put the yacht at anchor and enjoy delicious food... Are you ready?

Visits you cannot miss in Saint-Barthélemy

L'anse de Saint-Jean, à Saint-Barthélémy.
© forcdan - AdobeStock - L'anse de Saint-Jean, à Saint-Barthélémy.

• Gustavia With its colorful wooden houses with red roofs that climb hillsides, Gustavia, capital of St. Barthelemy, is a very pretty little town. Its streets exude the authenticity of the French Caribbean in the tropics. Its port hosts the most beautiful yachts in the world.

• Colombier With its turquoise and crystal clear water ideal for snorkeling, Colombier beach offers one of the most beautiful panoramas of Saint-Barth. It can only be reached by boat or on foot, by the paths of Petite Anse or Colombier.

• The beach of Saint-Jean After Gustavia, the Saint-Jean district is the most active on the island. Its beach, where the Eden Rock Hotel stretches, offers the surprising spectacle of planes taking off and landing above the swimmers ...

• Governor's Beach If there is a shot of St. Barts, it is Governor's Beach, with its white sand and turquoise waters. This idyllic landscape would hide a treasure, buried there by the pirate Monbars ... Gather your shovels!

• The fishing village of Corossol This small traditional fishing village remains one of the symbols of St. Barts. It is also the depository of the craft of the straw and local ancestral costume.

• The coconut grove of the Marigot cove Beautiful and wild and especially much protected, the beach of Anse Marigot is the only beach of gray sand of the island. Its main asset is its coconut grove, very rare on the island.

• The beach of Saline After the beach Flamands, the beach of Saline is the largest of St. Barts. Far from the hustle and bustle, you are sure to find peace and serenity.

• Anse des Flamands With its typical Saint-Barth charm, the small cove of fishermen, natural cove arranged, offers peace and security. Considered as the nursery of the Nature Reserve, fishing is prohibited. It is best known for its beautiful beach, the largest on the island.

• Grand Cul de Sac Cove The beach of Grand Cul de Sac is the ideal place for all the nautical activities of the island (kayak, snorkeling,). Its lagoon with particularly clear and shallow waters is the refuge of thousands of small multicolored fish that come to feed and reproduce there.

• Fort Gustav There is not much left of this old fort built by the first settlers, if not some cannons and balls of time. But from here you have a magnificent view of Gustavia ...

Essential activities in Saint-Barthélemy

Plongée, randonnée, shopping ? Et pourquoi pas une séance de farniente sur l'une des plages idylliques de Saint-Barth ?
© forcdan - AdobeStock - Plongée, randonnée, shopping ? Et pourquoi pas une séance de farniente sur l'une des plages idylliques de Saint-Barth ?

• Cross the Morne de Vitet If you take a walk during your stay in Saint Barth, you must climb to the top of Morne de Vitet whose highest point is 286 meters. Spread here and there on its slopes, it shelters charming traditional huts.

• Admire turtles in their aquatic dance at Fourchue Located between Saint-Martin and Saint-Barth, the forked island is a dive site quite far from Gustavia. This spot has a maximum depth of 15m, in the wild, is not crowded but exciting. There are rays, barracudas and especially many Caribbean turtles.

• Surf the waves of Lorient beach "The small pools" for the intimate, the beach of Lorient allows swimming in peace because it is closed by a coral reef. The offshore waves, beyond the barrier, offer surfers a succession of more beautiful rolls than the others...

• Take off on his windsurfing in Saint-Jean Generally, the winds are favorable to the quiet evolutions of amateur windsurfers in Saint-Jean. Clubs offer their equipment and know-how to train beginners or improve your style.... • A road trip between Saint-Jean and Lorient A beautiful coastal road offers beautiful views between Saint-Jean and Lorient, a small town punctuated by multicolored houses with red roofs, located along a beautiful quiet beach.

• Enjoy haute cuisine at the Gourmet Festival in November Since the first edition in autumn 2013, the Saint Barth Gourmet Festival has become an unmissable event on the world's culinary landscape. It allows you to discover Saint-Barthélemy, its conviviality and its authenticity that characterize it, through the prism of gastronomy.

• Go on a quest for coral reefs in Sugarloaf You do not have to be a deep sea expert to dive around the Sugar Loaf, an island off Gustavia, but under the supervision of a professional instructor, of course! The coral massifs and the multitude of multicolored fishes offer a sublime and unforgettable spectacle.

• Shopping chic, but duty free The "fashionistas" love Saint Barth, paradise of chic and luxury! It is especially in Gustavia where the port area is "duty free" that you will have the best deals. Moreover, at the end of May / beginning of June, the traders sell their collections to give you the good deals!

• For experienced divers, go see the seabed of Coco Islet The Îlet Coco is a must in Saint Barth for experienced divers, with its caves, its drop offs, and the wealth of aquatic life the reason why people come to this famous spot of the south of the island. We can meet sharks, turtles ... and the lucky ones can even see humpback whales!

• Make beautiful memories along the coast by catamaran For a ride at sea, rent a catamaran with or without crew, from half a day to the week. Go around the island, anchor yourself in one of the paradise bays of the island and dive with the equipment on board or just sip a cool ti'punch, rocked by the wind ... what more ?

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