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What to do In St Barts?


Saturday 07 October 2023

Picture What to do In St Barts?

St Barts is a Caribbean island world-renowned for its natural beauty. While you can easily spend a St Bart vacation simply taking in the splendour, you’re going to miss out on a variety of unforgettable experiences.

If you’ve decided to visit Saint Barthélemy, then look no further.Whether you are staying in luxury hotels, or in villas from BARNES Rentals, your itinerary will fill up fast. We’ve compiled a list of exactly what to do in St Barts to make island memories that will last a lifetime.

Beaches and water activities

The first thing many travellers to the island paradise of Saint Barthelemy want to experience is the beaches. A visit to St Barts is hardly complete without lounging on the sand and splashing in pristine waters.

Some must-visit beaches on the island of St Barts

St Jean Beach - St Jean Beach stands out as the island's most popular beach, and it's not difficult to see why. The tranquil waters provide the perfect place to swim or sail. St Jean Beach is also perfect for families, ideal for soaking up the sun and playing games on the white sand.

Lorient Beach - This Beach is another beautiful location known for its serene environment and is ideal for those looking to escape the crowds.

Anse de Grand Cul de Sac - This beach’s full name is Grand Anse du Grand Cul de Sac Beach. The calm, shallow, turquoise waters are best for water sports. Kayaking, windsurfing, paddle-boarding and kitesurfing are all possible at Anse de Grand Cul de Sac Beach.

Petit Cul de Sac - A short hike from Anse de Grand Cul de Sac Beach is Petit Cul de Sac. This is a smaller beach on the island, but it still has a lot to offer visitors. The rocky terrain creates dozens of natural pools; wonderful spots to relax and take in the scenery.

Colombier Beach - If you want to see some of St Barts’ wildlife, Colombier Beach is the best choice. Snorkelers can find sea turtles and cuttlefish in the calm and open bay of the nearby natural reserve, making it incredibly rewarding.

Anse du Grand Fond - Also known as Grand Fond, this beach on the island of St Barts is one of the most scenic spots. The strong currents attract surfers from all over the world. But, many visitors love the dramatic coastal scenery of Grand Fond, a beautiful backdrop for holiday photographs.

Anse de Grand SalineIf you are looking for a less crowded beach, picnics, and powdery white sand, Saline Beach is the best choice on Saint-Barthelemy.

Anse de Flamand - Anse de Flamand, often referred to as Flamands Beach, is an iconic example of the island of St Barts’ coastline. For a day of light water sports, swimming, sunbathing and strolling, Anse de Flamand is a top pick. It’s also the beach that serves the legendary Cheval Blanc St Barth Isle de France hotel.

Shell Beach - The name suggests that this beach on the island is famous for its abundance of delicate seashells. You can find sea turtles in the calm waters here. Just a short walk from the capital of this Caribbean island, Gustavia, you can conveniently find Shell Beach.

Shopping and dining in Gustavia

Speaking of Gustavia, the luxurious and quaint charm offered by the town makes it the first choice for many visitors. It’s also home to a variety of upscale boutiques and delightful eateries, offering a taste of the French-Caribbean blend.

Antiques at Galerie Asie, sea pearl jewellery at Kalinas and Tainos, and unique souvenirs at Pasha St Barth are all on your doorstep.

Not to mention, Gustavia offers some of the best restaurants on the whole island of St Barts. Dine traditional Roman pizza at L’Isoletta, or traditional Caribbean island cuisine at Eddy’s.

Related : how to get to St Barts

Historical and cultural insights

The island of St Barts has a rich and varied heritage, showcased in its myriad historical sites like Fort Karl and local events. Visitors who spend their holiday on a beach on the island often overlook the unique culture. But, for a true Saint Barthelemy vacation, try some of these historical and cultural insights.

Fort Gustav is the site of the only lighthouse on the island of St Barts. Built in 1787, the fort offers a distinctive opportunity to engage with the history of Saint Barthelemy. The short hike to Fort Gustav is worth it alone for the supreme views of Gustavia.

Finally, if you want to experience another Caribbean Island, why not take the 45-minute ferry journey to St. Martin? St. Martin showcases joint French and Dutch influence, but it also earns fame for its roaring nightlife and equally incredible beaches.

From natural pools to water sports to sea turtles, the stunning sights of nearby St Martin and historical heritage in Fort Gustave, the island of St Barts has a huge amount to offer visitors. Spend your days relaxing at a beach on the island or making short hikes around Gustavia.

The choice is yours for how you spend your vacation here. But one thing’s for certain - if you’ve decided to visit St Barth, you won’t regret it.

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