Capital City: Gustavia
Official Language: French is the official language, with English being widely spoken and the locals using a Norman dialect
Saint Barthélemy…the Caribbean’s most elite!
Famous for being beautiful, exclusive, luxurious and expensive islands in the Caribbean, St Bart’s is a trend setter of sorts. Renowned for having more than 300 days of sunshine a year, St Bart’s is most famous for being the most exclusive and luxurious tropical paradise in the Caribbean. It’s like a sandbox for adults, where the rich and famous come to play, but it’s also where the regular folk dream to go one day!Stunning is an understatement. With 22 white sandy beaches, a distinctive French vibe, gingerbread-style cottages and the kind of climate that all great vacations want and need, St Bart’s is one destination that’s definitely worth the splurge.Whether you’re shopping in Gustavia, watching the sun set in Lurin, sampling some of the Caribbean’s best cuisine or enjoying the views of some of the region’s most superb beaches, St Bart’s is never a bore.Excellence, luxury and serenity are all synonymous with the island of St Bart’s, the intimate and prestigious little rock in the middle of the Caribbean.Come to play in this resort destination which doubles up as the Disney of fine cuisine, shopping and luxury accommodation. With so many great sunny days, will you have enough time to see it all on the island of St Bart’s?
Must see places in the St Barts
The capital city of St Bart’s, Gustavia, lies shaped like a horseshoe around a small sheltered harbor that happens to be a bustling port. On offer here are the numerous shops along the waterfront and the remains of the wooden and stone buildings from the Swedish era. Stunning architecture is the highlight of this city with its colonial style houses. Then there’s also Fort Gustave, just on the outskirts of the town that was built in 1787 by the Swedish, that’s now home to some spirited regattas. Also within close proximity of the capital is the cove of Gouverneur with its unspoiled natural landscape and one of the most beautiful beaches in St Bart’s. If you prefer a little more exclusivity, Shell Beach is the perfect alternative for a day out on the beach.
This is where you’ll find the site of the first French settlement with its restored church, a school and a post office that marks the town. The gaily decorated graves in the local cemetery are also a noteworthy sight.
Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac
With shallw, reef-protected waters, this beach is a family favorite. The nearby restaurants offer some of the most delectable fresh seafood and the frigate birds that dive-bomb the waters of this bay make sure you’ll stay entertained while lounging on the restaurant chairs.
Le Mussée Territorial de Saint Barthélemy
If you’re keen on exploring the history of Saint Bart’s, the Municipal Museum in La Pointe on the far side of the harbor is a great sight for viewing the portraits, photos, traditional costumes and historic documents relating to the island.
Things to do in St Barts
Explore the stunning beaches
St Bart’s is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean, which is why you should try your best to visit as many of them as you can during your stay here. Some of the top beaches include: Gouverneur Beach - known for its topless bathers, Saline Beach - one of the most popular beaches for swimming, St. Jean Beach - the most popular beach on the island, Flamands Beach - renowned for being less crowded with open spaces, Colombier Beach - loved for its seclusion, Lorient Beach - best for family days out, Grand Cul-de-Sac Beach - great for sailing and surfing, Toiny Beach, Marigot Beach - famed for its coconut palm trees and the nature reserve, and Public Beach - great for sailing activities.
Do a little watersport
Since St Bart’s boasts some of the most stunning beaches with crystal clear waters and such amazing temperatures year round, watersports should definitely be included on any travel itinerary. Some of the watersports you can do here include scuba diving, snorkeling, submarine trips, surfing, deep-sea fishing, wakeboarding, peddle boating, sailing & catamaran trips and sea scooter rides to name but just a few.
In the towns of Gustavia of St. Jean you’re bound to shop up a storm. Tax free ports with shops containing elegant displays resembling the atmosphere of Paris can be found all around. Make sure you take enough spending money and set aside more than one afternoon for shopping duties.
Best time to visit St Barts
Tourists visit St Barts from December to June
May and June sees the most perfect weather conditions for visiting St Bart’s. The sun is uber hot from December to May, and if you want to visit during the December peak season, you’ll have to book 6 months in advance.
Did you know?
- French Snails
- Beef tartar
- French bread
- Vanilla perfumed rum
- Honking of car horns is considered incredibly impolite, and nobody on the island does it, neither should you
- If you’re going to shop for souvenirs at the duty-free shops it’s essential to make sure what you’re allowed to take back home “duty-free”
- Although most beaches in St Bart’ are fine for topless bathing, full nudity is a total taboo