St Barthelemy, located in the French West Indies is the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean, without the traffic jams but with the added advantage of flawless beaches. Shortened to Saint Barth in French and St Barts in English it is an exclusive eight square mile (21 sq km) embodiment of 24-carat French chic. It attracts millionaires on luxury yachts, movie stars and French expatriates fleeing the European winter. It is a Caribbean island where relaxation and Gallic style under a tropical sun have been refined to perfection.
Few islands worldwide, can match the unique blend of style, nature and history that is St. Barts. This tiny island has significant appeal where ‘quality’ is most certainly more important than ‘quantity’… an island far away from the normality of life, making it the perfect vacation destination.
After an international flight into the hub of St Maarten and a short 15 minute connecting flight to St Barts it’s now time to kick back and stroll the beaches. There are 22 beaches on St Barts renowned for being some of the most beautiful and pristine in the world. Many are found in small coves, which have been protected from development by strict environmentally friendly zoning. Unlike many of its neighboring Caribbean islands, it has not been overrun with prefab condos and large chain hotels.
Explore history and culture throughout the capital Gustavia. Take in the sunset view from the lighthouse, visit the museums and churches. There is evidence of the Swedish settlers from the late 1700’s throughout the streets of Gustavia.
Water sport activities are vast, jet ski around the island, surfing, wind surfing, kite boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, deep sea fishing and even a Yellow Submarine that goes from Gustavia’s pier thru the Marine Park and around Gros Ilets, towards “Les Petits Saints” discovering schools of colorful fishes, turtles, and 3 ship wrecks including the one motor yacht named “Non Stop”.
Charter a 65ft luxury power boat or luxury sailboat to tour around St Barts for half a day. Book a full day charter to neighboring islands of Saba, St Maarten, Tintamarre, Pinel, and Anguilla. Then on the return journey to St Barts stop just outside Gustavia harbor to watch the sunset and have a glass of champagne to celebrate the day.
On land activities include tennis, horseback riding, archery, yoga, fitness centers, massages, spa treatments, wine tasting and shopping. St. Barts is rated as one of the premier shopping destinations in the Caribbean and is also a duty-free port. Gustavia is the principal shopping area of the island. There are boutiques and emporiums for the most sophisticated shoppers, featuring luxury brands such as Cartier, Hermes, Dior to name a few.
St Barts has several hiking trails, some that take you to the highest points of the island like Mount Vitet, 286 meters high and others that circle around the widest points like the magnificent bay of Colombier . At the far end of Gouvernour Beach ( a 20 minute trail ) it is said that the infamous pirate Montbars the Exterminator buried his treasure during the 1670’s somewhere in the caves. Rent a scooter or quad bike and tour the island to photograph these natural tropical settings.
The most divine activity of St Barts is taking in some of the most exquisite cuisine and French wines of the Caribbean. The island has over eighty restaurants featuring culinary styles ranging from classic French to Asian to West Indian. Many of the restaurants attract gourmet chefs trained in France to oversee their kitchens. These chefs can also be reserved to serve guests in the intimate privacy of their own villa for a special event or treasured evening.
Nightlife of St. Barts is diverse as well. Visitors looking for late-night pleasures can listen to live jazz at a café or dance the night away at one of the local discos or after hour clubs. Be sure to call in advance to reserve a VIP table for the evening.
With so much to do and see while vacationing on St Barts, activities reservations and arrangements are best made well in advance.Take advantage of a local St Barts destination management company that is bilingual and available 24 / 7 to make all these arrangements.