Saint-Barth? Lemy, Caribbean: where is it, when to go and what to see

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White sand beaches surrounded by coral reefs, lush vegetation that slopes towards the sea, spectacular views and a nightlife that is anything but boring: Saint Barth is this and more. One of the most exclusive destinations in the Caribbean, over the years it has become the vacation spot for famous families, including the Rockefellers and Fords.
Here are all useful information for organizing a holiday in Saint Barthélemy.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. How much does a holiday in Saint-Barthélemy cost? Prices, offers and advice
  6. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: around 100.000
  • Capital: Gustavia
  • Languages: The official language is French, Patois and Creole are spoken.
  • Local currency: EUR
  • Weather: tropical, hot all year round, with a relatively cool period from December to April and a hot and humid period from May to November. The temperature varies very little throughout the year
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: technically it is French overseas territory, it is part of the European Union and an identity card would be sufficient. However, we strongly suggest that you bring your passport in case you need to stop over or go on excursions to the other islands.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Saint-Barthélemy or Saint Barts is an island in the Antilles which, since 22 February 2007, has become part of the Overseas collectivity of France. It had previously been a French municipality, part of the DOM-ROM of Guadeloupe.

    How to reach us

    Saint-Barthélemy airport is too small to accommodate large aircraft. To reach the island it is therefore necessary to make an intermediate stop for changing vehicles.

    • From Milan or Rome: Air France and KLM airlines depart from Milan Linate. The first makes a stopover in Paris, Amsterdam and Saint Martin, from where Saint-Barthélemy can be reached in about 15 minutes; The second takes the same route except for the stop in Paris.
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    • From the main European capitals: Air France and Corsair depart from Paris, both offer one-stop travel solutions, with a stop at Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, where the vehicle will be changed, and then reach Saint Barts in about an hour. The average flight duration is 11 to 24 hours.
      From Amsterdam instead Air France and KLM depart, following the itinerary listed above (average flight duration from 15 to 30 hours), while from Berlin, always the same companies, respectively make a stopover in Paris, in the case of Air France, and one in Amsterdam, for KLM, before always joining the route described above.
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    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical, hot all year round, with a relatively cool period from December to April (called "Lent") and a hot and humid period from May to November (called "Wintering"). The temperature varies slightly throughout the year: the lows range from 23 ° C in January-March to 26 ° C in June-September, while the highs range from 29 ° C to 32 ° C. In the hottest period, however, the breezes temper the heat a bit. It is possible to swim all year round.
    • Best time: from December to April, the least hot and rainy period.
    • Period to avoid: from June to November when there is the danger of hurricanes, more likely from August to October.
    • Advice: light clothes in cotton or linen, a light sweatshirt and a light raincoat for thunderstorms, a light sweatshirt for the evening from December to March. Snorkeling equipment, aquatic shoes or with rubber soles for the coral reef.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Gustavia: it is the main center of the island of Saint-Barthélemy. The economy of the city, like that of the island, is based on high-end tourism, therefore with luxury shops and exclusive accommodation facilities. In the city there are some of the most important historical testimonies of the island's past, which cannot be missed.
    2. Colombier: is a district of Saint Barthélemy which is located in the north-western part of the island. The area boasts the presence of a wonderful white sand beach, surrounded by vegetation, the last beach on the island not to be served by a public road. Secluded beach, also accessible from the sea, enjoys a view of the villa of billionaire David Rockefeller.
    3. The beach of Saint-Jean: located on the northern coast of the island, it is the busiest beach in all of San Barth, therefore overcrowded in high season. Its success is due to the large number of bars and restaurants, the numerous hotels and the nearby airport. White sand beach, lined with tall palm trees and a beautiful turquoise sea, the beach is located in the bay of the same name, and offers the opportunity to practice various water sports.
    4. Gouverneur beach: located on the southern coast of the island, it is a splendid wild and uncontaminated beach, at the foot of a steep hill. Characterized by an almost blinding white sand and a limpid and crystalline sea, in this area you can fully enjoy nature: there is no type of service.
    5. The fishing village of Corossol: among the most characteristic places of the island, both because it allows you to admire the activities and the standard of life of the fishermen live, and because, near the settlement, there is a small, uncrowded and very wild beach, which of nature cannot fail to visit.
    6. Fourchue Island: located off the north-eastern coast of San Barth, the islet is a real Eden, the destination of numerous daily excursions. Here it is possible to relax on an enchanting beach of clear sand, bathed by a turquoise and transparent sea, with sloping bottoms ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
    7. Flamands Beach: located on the north-eastern end of the island, in the bay of the same name, the splendid beach, characterized by a wonderful white sand so soft that it looks like talc, is ideal for long walks and to relax. The sea is very clear and crystalline but, given the absence of the coral reef in this area, it is affected by strong and large waves that break on the shore.
    8. Fort Gustav: located in the city of Gustavia, it was built by the Swedes for defensive purposes in 1787, together with two other structures, the remains of which are not equally preserved in good condition. The ruins are located around the weather station and the lighthouse, scattered on the slope of the hill. The guardhouse, the ammunition depot and the wood-burning oven are still perfectly identifiable.
    9. The Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac: located on the north-eastern end of the island, it is known as "the sports beach". It is in fact a perfect place to practice water sports. The sea is turquoise, crystalline and transparent, protected by a wonderful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling.
    10. Saline beach: located on the southern coast of the island, inside the Anse du Grand Saline bay, it is the longest white sand beach on the island, reachable on foot along a path. Surrounded by a mountainous landscape, except for a couple of restaurants within walking distance, the area is completely wild: this makes it a favorite destination for nudists.

    How much does a holiday in Saint-Barthélemy cost? Prices, offers and advice

    St Barth is a luxury destination, but by booking well in advance and setting the departure date between April and early November (reopening period of the structures before the high season), you can be able to book your stay by spending an average of € 100,00 to € 180,00, per night. Hotels with less than four stars can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
    The island is really very small, about 25 sq km, but to move easily it is recommended to rent a car. Prices range from € 20,00 to € 100,00 per day, depending on the type of car chosen and especially the period.
    Saint-Barthélemy is a free port, meaning it is exempt from taxes. Prices in shops are on average 15% lower than in Europe, but not in all businesses, which calculate their prices on American purchasing power. The same goes for the restaurants which, given the "in" setting of the island, mainly offer refined dishes at a fairly high price. The cheapest restaurants are in Gustavia, and they are the ones that offer typical cuisine.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 520,00 per room -
    • starting from € 873,00 -
    • 1 week starting from € 2.400 per person -

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