Saint Barthélémy, the precious island

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Saint Barthélémy, the precious island

To the northwest of Guadeloupe, Saint Barthélemy is very small, hardly more than 25 km2. It is divided into valleys, most of which open out on to the sea, and each one with a different character. Its flora, habitat and architecture are unique. That is why the island seems bigger than it really is.

Saint Barts as it is familiarly known, is the undisputed place for beauty lovers.
At the wheel of a little 4 x 4, drive along the winding roads to explore the 22 fine, clean, white sandy beaches, which surround the island: the Baie de Saint-Jean, Anse des Flamands, Colombier, Corossol, les Salines, Lorient... each one more attractive than the one before.
Most of them are protected from the ocean swell by a coral reef.

Saint Barts is a perfect place to try out the many water sports available to enthusiasts. Diving is particularly popular. With a simple tuba or oxygen cylinders, the views of the seabed around the island are spectacular.
Saint-Barth’ has become a well-known venue for big game fishing. Catches are frequent and sometimes reach impressive sizes. Are you ready to tackle tuna, barracudas and blue or white marlins?


Don't miss

  • A walk to Colombier beach
  • The natural pools at Grand-Fonds
  • A visit to Gustavia
  • The Grande Saline beach


Useful information

Main town:
Gustavia.


Entry formalities:
For citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area, Andorra, Monaco or Switzerland, visas are not required; an identity card is sufficient. You will however need a passport if you intend to visit other Caribbean islands.
For nationals from other countries and only for stays of three months or less, an ordinary valid passport is sufficient.

Time difference with Paris:
- 5 hours in winter, - 6 hours in summer.

Currency:
Euro.

Climate:
Tropical dry

Average temperature:
25°C

Getting there:
You can reach the island via St Martin and Guadeloupe. Saint-Barthélemy is linked via Air Caraibes to Saint Martin, which in turn has links with Europe by Air France and KLM. The shuttle service runs frequently and the flight only lasts 10 minutes.
There are also direct flights to Guadeloupe, but most of them go via Saint Martin. From there, there are charter flights and two ferries a day (embarking at Marigot)

Find out more:
www.gotostbarths.com