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Saint Barthélemy, officially the Territorial collectivity of Saint-Barthélemy called Ouanalao by the indigenous people, is an overseas collectivity of France in the West Indies. Often abbreviated to St-Barth in French, and St. Barths or St. Barts in English, the island lies about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southeast of St. Martin and north of St. Kitts. Puerto Rico is 240 kilometres (150 mi) to the west in the Greater Antilles.
Saint Barthélemy, a volcanic island fully encircled by shallow reefs, has an area of 25 square kilometres (9.7 sq mi) and a population of 7,160. Its capital is Gustavia, which also contains the main harbour. It is the only Caribbean island that was a Swedish colony for any significant length of time; Guadeloupe was under Swedish rule only briefly at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Symbolism from the Swedish national arms, the Three Crowns, still appears in the island’s coat of arms. The language, cuisine, and culture, however, are distinctly French. The island is a popular tourist destination during the winter holiday season, geared towards the high-end, luxury tourist market.
Gustavia – It’s easy to see why Gustavia is seen as the capital of St. Barth. Unique independent boutiques and the world’s most desirable fashion sit cosily next to each other on palm-shaded roads, all surrounded by a glittering, yacht-filled harbour.
Beaches – Lorient Beach is a great place to visit with family, Flamands Beach is favourite with islanders due to its fine white sands and sporting pitches, Flamands is also the largest beach on the island. Shell Beach is studded with (surprise surprise) shells and large sea-smoothed stones, Shell Beach is within easy walking distance of Gustavia and Gouverneur Beach Rumored location of buried pirate treasure, is a great place for families as the short distance between the beach and the sea means it is easy to keep an eye on little ones, both on the sand and in the water.
St. Jean – One of the most popular destinations on St. Barth, and for a good reason. Centred around one of the most famous beaches on the island, the long stretch of white sand is surrounded by a string of popular hotels, restaurants and shops which cater to visitors of all ages.
Lorient – In the village of Lorient you’ll find Jojo Burger, two grocery shops and a bakery all within walking distance of the popular family-friendly beach. Visit the colourful surf hut on the beach itself to book lessons, hire boards and pick up some surfing tips from the experts.
Dining – Creole is possibly the most traditional cooking you can enjoy on St. Barth, but the French influence means the island has a long history of outstanding French cuisine. Despite being a small island, you can dine on cuisine from all over the world without even leaving Gustavia. Thai, Japanese, American, Italian and Vietnamese are just a few of the dining options available in the picturesque red-roofed town.
Scuba Diving – St. Barth is an ideal place to scuba dive. Four shipwrecks and a protected marina ensure that there is plenty to explore for divers of all abilities. There’s a wide variety of underwater life to discover, including pretty little angelfish and parrotfish, stingrays, turtles, barracudas and even the occasional whale.
Striking geometry defines the style of Maison Blanc Bleu, a spacious haven high above Lurin—close to Gustavia but private, and with a terrific sun profile, colorful views at dusk, and shelter from the December tradewinds. But for all the angular architecture, there’s nothing stark about the luxury rental property, which was recently built from the ground up.
The 650 meters of runway at Saint Barths airport does not allow large aircraft to land. 25 km away, the neighboring island of Saint Martin has an international airport: “Princess Juliana airport” where it is very easy to reach Saint Barthélemy. The Raizet Caribbean Pole Airport (Pointe à Pitre) in Guadeloupe also serves the destination of Saint Barths.
For those who prefer to start their holidays in style, here is a pleasant way to get to Saint Barthelemy: come by ferry to St Barths with a taxi boat. These companies provide you with an agent who welcomes you as soon as you arrive at Juliana airport and takes you to the pier to board a magnificent motor boat, you will be able to glide at full speed over the incredible turquoise waters that surround Saint Barths.
French is the official language of Saint Barths, and you will hear a lot of French spoken on your trip. Most of the places you will go people will also speak English (airport, restaurants, hotels, stores, etc.) so it is not a problem if you do not speak French.
For all visitors, formalities in Saint Barths require a valid passport. And, depending on the country of origin, a French visa valid for France except CTOM or DFA (French departments of America) with the mention COLLECTIVITE TERRITORIALE DE SAINT BARTHELEMY ET SAINT MARTIN must be issued by the French Embassy before departure.
For American and Canadian citizens, you must have a valid passport, obligatorily accompanied by a return or continuation of travel ticket, it is not necessary to have a visa if the stay is shorter or equal to 30 days. On the other hand, the passport must imperatively have a period of validity greater than 3 months at the time of entry into our territory.
The Saint Barths weather is tropical maritime type and varies from 27 ° in winter to 30 ° in summer. See 32 ° in July and August, with a sea which can go up to 29 °. There are not four seasons like in temperate regions. But two periods: From December 1 to May 30, fresh air and mild temperatures for the Lent period. June 1 to November 30, warmer winter period, with risk of hurricanes in September and October. The best time to visit Saint Barths is between December and June.
We will be waiting for you at the airport or harbour to give you a warm welcome and show you to your rental car. From there, we will personally escort you to your Saint Bathélemy villa, help you carry in your belongings and get you settled into your time in paradise. And when the time comes for you to leave, we’ll be there, at your vacation villa to help you with your belongings and wish you a safe return journey. A lot of our guests are already planning their next trip here as they leave which is why we offer to keep your belongings in storage and look after them until your next island getaway.
We like to take care of every little detail. That’s why every St Barth villa that we offer comes with a few essential extras. People come from every corner of the world to stay in our Saint Barthelemy villas. To welcome you into your Barts rental villas, we have a few gifts for your arrival. We know that the perfect cure for jetlag is sun, sand and some Hermès toiletries that can be found in Barts villas we offer to help you relax and freshen up after your journey, wherever you have come from.
Each rental villa has its own housekeeping team and daily maid visits (apart from on Sundays and holidays) that will ensure it is cleaned and maintained to the highest of standards of any villa rental St Barts has.
Saint Barths restaurants and gastronomy are one of the finest food in the world. For example, the Saint Barths island organizes every year the Saint Barths Gourmet festival. The best chiefs cook for you local product such as lobsters or seashells. They are all available in the nature of Saint Barths: sea, ponds and lagoons. You will find in the list below all the Saint Barths restaurants ranging from the small gargotte offering typical dishes of the island to the great gourmet restaurants using the best Caribbean products to satisfy the most delicate taste buds in search of new flavors. Whatever your culinary tastes, the gastronomy of Saint Barths will satisfy and surprise you with its originality and the quality, the freshness of its seafood from the French West Indies.
It is pretty casual dress on Saint Barths. Breakfast/ lunch short pants and sandals are fine at almost any restaurant… for dinner there are a few restaurants that you might want to step up one notch from beach attire. A very select few require long pants for men.
It is a good idea to get some Euros for your wallet before or soon after you arrive on the island. Visa and Master Card are widely accepted on Saint Barths. AMEX is accepted at some but not all places. Discover Cards are not accepted.
Service is included by law. Tipping is discretionary — some people tip nothing because of their reading of the service component. Most tip 5-10% (maybe more) if service is good.
The shopping in St Barts is varied and luxurious. Come and find the biggest brands mainly located in our beautiful city of Gustavia. Stroll through its charming little streets and find the most prestigious brands such as Cartier, Bulgari, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabana, Chopard, but also many local designers. Everything you need is available for the shopping in St Barts: fashion and clothes, jewelry, glasses, swimsuits, sports articles, decoration, but also creations and souvenirs that are unique to the culture and tradition of our beautiful island of Saint Barts.
You will find in this section all the biggest St Barts events. Indeed, the island of Saint Barts offers a wide variety of events of all kinds. Sailing races with for example “The sails of St Barth Richard Mille” (Les voiles de St Barth Richard Mille), gastronomic events such as the “St Barth Gourmet Festival“, but also lives, shows, sports, entertainment, parties, concerts, arts and lots of activities.
The island offers saint barthélemy events not to be missed and sometimes to be booked throughout the year. Do not hesitate to consult our section regularly to keep you informed of the latest dates of major unmissable events.
From the United States, you will need to account for both a different electrical socket and a different voltage level. Electricity on Saint Barths operates at 220 volts. As such, to run U.S. appliances you will need an adapter.
5 to 10 Euro’s a day on bedrooms occupied. If it is just a couple staying in a 3 bedroom villa, only using one bedroom, good service tip would be 10 euro a day.
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