Saint-Barths

The extraordinary island
Saint-Barths is a French island located in the Caribbean. Covering an area of 24 km2, the "Pearl of the Caribbean" is one of the world's most popular vacation destinations.
Renowned for its amazing landscapes and sandy beaches, as well as for the warm welcome of its inhabitants and upscale infrastructures, Saint-Barths is the ideal location for a luxurious stay in the French West Indies.
St-Barths' fantastic landscapes
Whether you're looking for utmost privacy in a luxury villa nestled on a hillside overlooking the sea, or a more festive vacation close to beaches, restaurants and nightclubs, the island of Saint-Barthelemy offers a wide range of possibilities.

From the west coast and its wild landscapes facing the Atlantic ocean’s waves, to the north coast and its Nature Reserve with many colorful fish species and sea turtles, not forgetting the stunning white sand beaches, Saint-Barths offers marvelous and idyllic sceneries.
From dawn to dusk, you’ll live by the rhythm of the sun and marvel at the morning and evening glow painting the clear waters of the Caribbean.
The volcanic origins of St-Barths
Like Saint-Martin and Anguilla, Saint-Barth is primarily a volcanic island. The three islands form the emerged part of a high plateau known as the "Banc d'Anguille", which is itself a portion of a volcanic arc known from the Virgin Islands to Martinique.
Volcanic activity took place from 43 to 39 million years ago, i.e. over a period of four million years, with volcanoes emerging at low altitude and spewing ash and volcanic debris into the nearby lagoons, forming volcano-sedimentary rocks (tuffs). At the same time, calcareous rocks were deposited in the lagoons.
Today, the geography of Saint-Barths tells its own story through its strata, and rocks.

St-Barths beaches
The beaches of Saint-Barths are renowned for their beauty and marvelous landscapes, surrounded by hills, white sand, pebbles, and lovely seashells. Resulting from geological and natural processes over millions of years, the island features 22 beaches spread along its 32 kilometers of coastline, ranging from long, white sand beaches to secluded coves.
The volcanic origin of the island explains this variety of landscapes. The beaches of St-Barths are formed by the erosion of the surrounding rocks, mainly composed of limestone and volcanic rocks. Waves and ocean currents also play a crucial role by carrying sand and gravel along the coast and creating sandbanks and sheltered bays.

8 iconic beaches in St-Barths

    Shell Beach
    Saint-Jean
    Flamands
    Grand-Cul-de-Sac
    Gouverneur
    Saline
    Toiny
    Colombier
Shell Beach
Bright shellfish and crystal-clear waters

Set in a lovely cove with crystal-clear waters, Shell Beach is famous for its magnificent shellfish and idyllic setting. Close to Gustavia harbor, Shell Beach is the perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling sessions, admiring the many fish species in its translucent waters. And on the beachfront, sport enthusiasts can jump off the rocks, a funny and thrillin experience!

In the evening, Shell beach, one of the island's natural gems, is the ideal setting to watch the sumptuous sunsets and their glowing reflections. You can treat yourself to a seafront dinner at Shellona, the famous beach club and restaurant in a luxurious, tropical atmosphere and an exceptional setting. In the musical program, you’ll find Ibiza and Mykonos trends, for a privileged moment in a fantastic atmosphere.

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Saint-Jean
The long, white sandy beach

Located near the airport, the famous Saint-Jean beach is a magnificent spot with white sand bordering the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean. Divided into two sections separated by the famous Eden Rock, Saint-Jean beach is one of the longest on the island.

Swimmers can enjoy the quieter part, where colored fish swim while snorkelers are watching them. The second part of the beach is the ideal spot to practice a wide range of water sports: jetskiing, kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddle) or windsurfing. And why not take a full-day or half-day boat excursion?

You can also enjoy lunch, dinner or take a drink in a heavenly setting at one of the bay's many restaurants: Nikki Beach, Nao or Guérite beach offer gourmet menus with exceptional sea views.

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Flamands
Turquoise water and white sand

Located in the northwest of the island, Flamands beach in St-Barths is a magnificent spot with fine white sand, bordering the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Renowned for its great beauty, this cove bordered by cliffs and hills with latanus trees is one of St-Barths' most spectacular landscapes. Its generally calm waters are perfect for pleasant swimming sessions, as well as for water sports such as kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddle) or windsurfing. And when the wind gets more powerful, Flamands beach becomes a favorite spot for kite flying in the Caribbean sky.

Flamands beach’s seabed is teeming with small, colorful fish in the protected waters of the Nature Reserve, of which it is considered the nursery. Set off to discover them and quietly observe them with a mask and snorkel.

If you want to spend delightful moments with family or friends, take a hike in the quiet Flamands area, and discover the exceptional panoramic views over the sea and Bonhomme Island.

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Grand-Cul-de-Sac
The translucent lagoon

With its shades ranging from turquoise to deep blue as it reaches the open sea, Grand- Cul-de-Sac lagoon is bordered by a splendid white sand beach. Grand-Cul-de-Sac beach is one of the most emblematic landscapes on the island of St-Barths. With the translucent waters of the bay, this beach, famous for its beauty, offers shallow areas ideal for family swimming sessions.

Located to the east of the island of St-Barthelemy, this beach is also ideal for water sports of all kinds, including windsurfing and kitesurfing. You can also snorkel here, and observe the many species of small fish, rays and sea turtles that inhabit the lagoon protected by a coral reef. And what a nice surprise to see pelicans, the emblematic birds of the island of St-Barths, diving right next to you!

Experience lunch or dinner in one of the bay's restaurants, such as Sereno Al Mare or La Kala, and enjoy the signature dishes of these chic, gourmet places. A must-see stopover during your stay in St-Barths.

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Gouverneur
A sandy beach protected by cliffs

Located in the south of the island of St-Barths in a cove protected by cliffs, Gouverneur beach is a magnificent, white sand spot. Bordered by the rolling hills, the beach offers an exceptionally beautiful view over the sparkling ocean. Its calm waters make it a popular place for families, both for swimming and snorkeling. You’ll admire the sea turtles and multicolored fish that inhabit the waters of St-Barths!

 

As it can be easily accessed thanks to its nearby parking lot, the long Gouverneur beach is the ideal spot for an ocean-facing stroll on the soft, fine sand, or a sunbathing session under the Caribbean sun. You may also treat yourself to a photo session, with beautiful shots to be taken in an idyllic landscape, between the rolling hills and the turquoise ocean. And why not remind the legend of the pirate Monbars, who is said to have hidden his treasure on this emblematic beach. Will you go looking for it?

 

If you want to enjoy a fine dinner in a tropical setting, go to Shellona or Beef Bar in Gustavia, just a few minutes away, and experience the tasty recipes and signature dishes of these gourmet restaurants.

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Saline
A wild landscape with birds and turtles

Located in the south of the island, Saline beach is one of the longest on the island of St-Barths. Bordered by golden sand, this exceptionally beautiful site opens onto the translucent waters of the ocean. After dropping your vehicle off at the parking lot, you'll reach the beach after a ten-minute walk along a small path between two dunes opening onto the beach. A truly dream landscape, Saline beach is occasionally rocked by powerful waves. Very sunny, this iconic beach has few shady areas.

 

In the translucent waters of Saline, you’ll find sea turtles and many fish species with multicolored reflections, a great spectacle for diving enthusiasts. You'll also discover species of birds on your way to the former salt marsh at the back of the beach, which was exploited until 1972. Here in this exceptional natural site, you'll observe small terns, great tails and brown boobies, as they move between the crystallized salt statues.

 

When you’re in Salines, enjoy a delicious lunch at restaurant L'Esprit and taste the cold soups and fresh fish proposed in this gourmet place.

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Toiny
A fantastic and wild landscape

Located to the east of St-Barths, facing the winds coming from the Atlantic Ocean, Toiny beach is a magnificent cove renowned for its wild landscapes. Famous for its waves and heavy swell, Toiny beach is a favorite spot among surf enthusiasts, who find it offers the ideal conditions for delightful gliding sessions over the breakers. Adrenalin, thrills and harmony: Toiny is one of the best places for unforgettable surfing experiences in St-Barths.

 

Although swimming is not recommended here because of the powerful ocean currents, this beach is one of the iconic places to visit on the island of St-Barths, due to its great beauty, rocks and exceptional scenery. Take a hike along the rocky paths that surround this wild cove bordered by tree-lined hills, where you may meet a few goats along the way.

In Toiny area, you'll discover the island's treasures in the heart of the wild nature, facing the sparkling, infinite ocean.

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Colombier
Glowing sunsets in the beautiful Colombier bay

Colombier beach is a magnificent natural site on the western tip of the island of St-Barths. Located on the island's Nature Reserve, on this emblematic and highly protected beach you’ll find the translucent Caribbean waters, with sea grass beds teeming with sea turtles and many varieties of fish, such as stingrays, barracudas and remora on the sea grass beds. There are also many reef fish to observe on the bay's rocks.


To reach this iconic St-Barths beach, you'll need to take one of two sunny paths, one from Colombier and the other from Flamands. The path is rocky and opens onto a spectacular panorama overlooking the ocean and the islands of Chevreau and Frégate. Walking is made easier thanks to staircases carved out of the rock. When you arrive, you'll discover a magnificent sandy beach, calm waters and a few yachts enjoying the beauty of the place.

In the evening, a gorgeous show takes place as the sun sets on the glowing waters at golden hour. The reflections of the sky and the sea create an exceptional light for an unforgettable moment.

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The history of St-Barthelemy
The island's original Caribbean name was Ouanalao. The first European to land on the island, Christopher Columbus called it Saint-Barthelemy during his second voyage in 1493, for his brother Bartolomeo.
In 1648, the island was occupied by the French for the first time, on the decision of Commander Longvilliers de Poincy. Then, in 1784, French King Louis XVI ceded Saint-Barthelemy to King Gustave III of Sweden, in exchange for warehouse rights in Göteborg. And around 1787, the island's main town, Le Carénage, became Gustavia, which is now the capital of Saint-Barthelemy.
After a cyclone and a fire hit Gustavia in 1852, King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway ceded Saint-Barthelemy to France, in exchange for an amount of money which King Oscar II donated to the island.
St-Barths, the luxury destination
In 1946, French adventurer Rémy de Haenen first landed on the island. Then, in 1957, David Rockefeller built a modernist villa on Colombier cove, and in the 1960s, the island became a luxury tourist destination. There were neither high buildings nor mass tourism.
From then on, St-Barths has become a favorite place of many famous people, who find here both the extraordinary beauty of the Caribbean and refined, luxurious services. Today, St-Barths is one of the most prestigious destinations in the world, with magnificent villas, many renowned restaurants and bars, the harbor of Gustavia and its luxurious yachts, golden beaches, water sports activities and refined wellness spas.
A Caribbean gem
In the beautiful Caribbean Sea, the island of Saint-Barths is a French overseas collectivity, with 21 km2 of land (24 km2 with its islets), 20 km east-southeast of Saint-Martin and 51 km north of Saint-Christophe.
With 32 km of coastline bordered by hilly landscapes carved out of volcanic rock, St-Barths offers fantastic sceneries. Its highest point, the Morne de Vitet, rises to 286 meters above sea level, offering panoramic views over the surrounding area.
Saint-Barths has a tropical climate, with the dry season running from December to April and the rainy one from May to November. Temperatures are very pleasant all year round, ranging from 22°C to 30°C, with the water never dipping below 26°C! A paradise on Earth!

8 symbolic spots in St-Barths

    Anse des Cayes
    Flamands
    Corossol
    Gustavia
    St-Jean
    Grand-Cul-de-Sac
    Colombier
    Saline
Anse des Cayes
An amazing spot for a dream stroll

Famous for its waves on the shores, Anse des Cayes is masterpiece of nature, an oasis nestled amidst outstanding landscapes. Its very name, "Rocks anse," reminds the rocks adorning its shores. Here, you will meet majestic pelicans, who are the symbols on the heraldry of Saint-Barthélemy. Anse des Cayes is an idyllic haven where the underwater coral reefs are in perfect harmony with a kaleidoscope of aquatic life inhabited by majestic iguanas and sea turtles.

Take a stroll along the fine sandy beaches listening to the enchanting sound of the ocean, before heading to Hotel Manapany to take a drink. Experience the amazing scenery of Anse des Cayes!

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Flamands
An idyllic scenery

Experience the charm of St-Barths in the peaceful district of Flamands. Bordered by hills planted with palm trees, this long sandy beach is one of the most sought-after on the island, offering clear waters that sometimes bring majestic waves, much to the delight of kite enthusiasts. From higher ground, you will discover a breathtaking panorama over the ocean and Bonhomme island.

You can also visit Anse des Pêcheurs, a preserved natural cove, set up as a nursery for the Nature Reserve. At the end of this paradisiacal beach, the prestigious Cheval Blanc Hotel welcomes you to a sumptuous setting for a delicious  lunch or dinner while enjoying the sunset, a magnificent show that can also be admired on a yacht outing in the bay. Enjoy the refined atmosphere of Flamands, for an exquisite stopover in tropical luxury.

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Corossol
The authentic, charming fishing village

Discover the picturesque fishing village of Corossol, its preserved authenticity and the unique charm of the islands. Its charming harbor with brightly colored boats, the dories, and lobster traps, stands as a symbol of the local identity, close to the brown sandy beach that welcomes insiders and tourists alike in a warm and familial atmosphere.

The crystal-clear waters, seeming to be jewels, offer unforgettable experiences for snorkeling enthusiasts, revealing a wonderful marine life. In this haven of peace, there is a traditional craft of basketry, an ancestral heritage, which is expressed in creations made from dried and woven latan leaves, such as elegant hats and delicate decorative items. A charming stopover in the beautiful Caribbean!

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Gustavia
The bright, vibrant Gustavia!

Located on the west coast of St-Barths, Gustavia is the island's capital. Its international harbor welcomes luxurious yachts and a vibrant life, divided between the marina and the commercial harbor. The colorful facades and the red roofs of the Creole houses create a delightful atmosphere emblematic of the exquisite charm of Gustavia.

In Gustavia, you can also visit designer boutiques, renowned brands, as well as refined bars and restaurants, inviting you to enjoy great moments in the enchanting setting of the Caribbean. And every evening, you can admire the magnificent spectacle of the sunset over the harbor, while sipping a delicious cocktail, and let your mind wander into the dream island.

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St-Jean
The marvelous St-Jean bay

Located a few kilometers from Gustavia, St-Jean bay stands among the most beautiful pearls of the Caribbean. Its white sandy beach is famous for its outstanding beauty, with the iconic Eden Rock Hotel built on a rock in the 1950s. Protected by a coral reef, St-Jean beach welcomes families searching for tranquility and quiet. Activities range from enchanting snorkeling to windsurfing.

St-Jean bay is also the privileged place to admire the graceful ballet of planes taking off or landing at the small airport of St-Barths. One of the must-see places in the island's tourist life, St-Jean welcomes you in its refined boutiques, fantastic restaurants such as the prestigious Nikki Beach, and elegant bars where you can take a drink, in the mild trade winds.

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Grand-Cul-de-Sac
The blue lagoon protected by the coral reef

Located in the northeastern part of the island, the district of Grand-Cul-de-Sac is one of the most popular destinations in St-Barths. Sheltered by a coral reef, its shallow crystal-clear lagoon is renowned for its beauty and rich marine ecosystems, a fantastic spot for snorkeling sessions. There are many aquatic treasures to be admired in the splendor of this great underwater life. You can practice many activities there, from the thrilling jet ski to the graceful kite surfing.

The Grand-Cul-de-Sac pond is dedicated to the reproduction of marine species. It is also a refuge for migratory birds. You can then keep on exploring the lagoon and enjoy a delicious lunch by the sea at restaurant Al Mare, where you’ll for sure love the exquisite flavors of the local cuisine, cooked with fresh ingredients, in the tropical delight.

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Colombier
An outstanding view over the bay and the sunset

Located at the western tip of St-Barths, Colombier Beach is a true natural jewel. Accessible by two steep hiking trails from the Colombier belvedere or from Flamands road, Colombier bay is a unique place where you will marvel at the picturesque landscapes. Through the hills, you will find a beautiful and soothing place.

Also accessible by boat, Colombier Cove is a privileged place for yachts and sailing boats, that find it a great spot to admire the panorama of the glowing sunset and its many golden reflections. Whats' more, snorkeling enthusiasts will be happy to discover the beautiful, colorful fish species that inhabit the protected waters of the Nature Reserve, among which sea turtles, corals, and rays.

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Saline
The beach and the former salt marsh, a refuge for birds

Located on the southern part of the island, Saline is one of St-Barths' most beautiful beaches. Its picturesque charm is revealed through the road between two hills, leading to this haven of peace with its fine sand and crystal-clear waters, which sometimes welcome waves. In this enchanting scenery, at the back of the beach you will discover the former salt marsh, a refuge for seabirds, which features glistening salt crystals.

Enjoy your stroll at Saline to treat yourself to a gastronomic stopover with a delicious lunch at Tamarin. In this charming place with lush vegetation, you will taste a creative cuisine with local flavors for an unforgettable culinary experience.

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