The lovely French island of Saint Barthelemy (Saint Barts) is a tropical paradise located on the Caribbean Sea. The name Saint Barthelemy is synonymous with luxury and this is the place where you often see celebrities and millionaires spending their beach holidays. Having said that, budget travelling is also possible if you choose your accommodation and activities wisely. With vast stretches of white sands and turquoise waters, rolling hills covered by lush greenery, verdant flower gardens and volcanic terrain, Saint Barts promises stunning natural scenery at every turn. In addition to admiring these natural sights, you can also enjoy water sports and savour the excellent seafood.
Capital Gustavia is where most of the high-end resorts and boutiques are located. This lovely harbour town with its prominent red roofed houses is popular for its duty free shops and French cuisine. You can also hike up to the ruins of Fort Gustave and enjoy the scenic views of the town, harbour and the sea.
To the north of Gustavia, lies the village of Saint-Jean which is the next popular tourist hub. Here you will find the St Jean beach, popular for plane spotting and windsurfing and the Nikki Beach lined with bars and known for its amazing nightlife. You can go surfing, snorkelling and swimming as well.
Anse de Colombier in the northwestern part of the island, is another beautiful white-sand beach with excellent diving. However, if you are bent on adventure, visit Grand Cul-de-Sac beach in the northeastern part of the island. This sandy beach offers suitable conditions for kitesurfing, windsurfing and kayaking. If you are looking to relax in a secluded and peaceful beach, head over to the Grand Saline and Gouverneur beaches in the south.
The combination of all the elements of a perfect Caribbean getaway along with a French influence creates the magical destination that is Saint Barthelemy. With a long list of stunning beaches, lavish villas and resorts, charming towns, excellent food and shopping options, St Barts will definitely please every visitor.
Saint Barthelemy is known as the “Cannes” of the islands for its chic, trendy attitude, deluxe accommodations and the scores of celebrities who frequent here.