Saint-Barthélemy: what to do, what to see…

Saint-Barthélemy is the smallest island of the French West Indies. This delicate, precious jewel of an island feels worlds away from big-city bustle—the opportunity to live life at nature's pace is one of St. Barth's most precious commodities. Swim with turtles, dive from the cliffs, surf the turquoise waves, put the yacht at anchor and enjoy delicious food. Are you ready?

Not to miss sights in Saint Barthélemy

• Gustavia

With its colorful wooden houses with red roofs that hang onto hillsides, Gustavia, capital of St. Barthelémy, is a very pretty little town. Its streets exude the authenticity of the French Caribbean in the tropics, and its port hosts the most beautiful yachts in the world.

• Colombier

With its turquoise and crystal clear water (ideal for snorkeling), Colombier Beach offers one of the most beautiful panoramas of Saint-Barth's. It can only be reached by boat or on foot by the Petite Anse or Colombier paths.

• Saint-Jean beach

After Gustavia, the Saint-Jean district is the most active on the island. The Eden Rock Hotel here is oceanside, and the beach offers the surprising spectacle of planes taking off and landing above the swimmers below.

• Gouverneur beach

If there is a distilled view of St. Barts, it is Governor's Beach, with its white sand and aquamarine waters. This idyllic landscape is said to hide a treasure, buried there by the pirate Monbars—grab your shovel and start digging!

• The fishing village of Corossol

This small traditional fishing village remains one of the most picturesque symbols of St. Barth's, as well as a hub of straw crafts and local ancestral costumes.

• The coconut grove in Anse de Marigot

Beautiful and wild and very protected, the beach of Anse Marigot is the only gray sand beach on the island. The crowning glory here is the coconut grove, a very rare find on the island.

• Grande Saline Beach

After Flamands beach, the Saline beach is the largest on St. Barts. Far from any hustle and bustle, you are sure to find peace and serenity here.

• Anse des Flamands

With its typical Saint-Barth's charm, a former fishermen's cove, a natural and landscaped inlet, offers peace and security. Considered the nursery of the Nature Reserve, fishing is prohibited here. It is best known for its beautiful beach, the largest on the island.

• Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac

The beach of Grand Cul de Sac is the ideal place for all the nautical activities of the island (kayak, snorkeling, etc.) for humans. For the animal kingdom, the lagoon with particularly clear and shallow waters is a refuge for thousands of small multicolored fish that come to feed and reproduce there.

• Fort Gustav

There is not much left of this old fort built by the first settlers, save some cannons and cannonballs of past eras. But, from here you have a magnificent view of Gustavia...

Things to do in Saint-Barthélemy

• Climb Morne de Vitet

If you'd like to take a hike during stay in Saint-Barth's, you must climb to the top of Morne de Vitet, whose highest point is 286 meters (938.32 feet). Dotted along on its slopes are charming traditional Barthélemois huts.

• Marvel at the aquatic dance of the turtles at Fourchue

Located between Saint-Martin and Saint-Barth's, the forked island of Fourchue is a dive site quite removed from Gustavia. This spot dives to a maximum depth of 15m (49.21 feet), full of wildness, uncrowded but exciting. Here dance rays, barracudas and especially many Caribbean turtles.

• Surf the waves of Lorient beach

Called les petits bassins ("the small pools") for those in the know, the beach of Lorient allows visitors to swim in peace thanks to a protective coral reef. The offshore waves, beyond the barrier, offer surfers a succession of more beautiful and challenging rolls.

• Windsurf at Saint-Jean

Generally, the winds are favorable for amateur windsurfers to get their feet wet in Saint-Jean. Clubs offer their equipment and know-how to train beginners or improve experience's windsurfer's style.

• Take a road trip from Saint-Jean to Lorient

A winding coastal road offers beautiful views between Saint-Jean and Lorient, a small town punctuated by multicolored houses crownded with red roofs, installed along a quiet beach.

• Revel in fine dining at November’s Gourmet Festival

Since the first edition in Autumn of 2013, the Saint Barth Gourmet Festival has become an unmissable event on the world's culinary landscape. The Gourmet Festival allows attendees to discover Saint-Barthélemy, its conviviality and its authenticity through the prism of gastronomy.

• Dive in search of coral reefs around Pain de Sucre

You do not have to be a deep sea expert to dive around Sugarloaf, an island off Gustavia (but the supervision of a professional instructor is still necessary)! The coral massifs and the multitude of technicolor schools paint a sublime and unforgettable spectacle.

• Hit the chic boutiques—duty free!

Fashionistas love Saint Barth, a paradise of chic and luxurious "window shopping! Especially in Gustavia, where the port area is "duty free," you can find amazing best deals. Moreover, at the end of May/beginning of June, the boutiques sell their collections—good luck!

• If you’re an experienced diver, you won’t want to miss the subsea treasures of Coco islet

The Îlet Coco is a must in Saint Barth for experienced divers—riddled with caves, drop offs, and a wealth of aquatic life,this famous spot of the south of the island has earned its reputation. Come meet sharks, turtles, fish—and the lucky divers can even see humpback whales!

• Create great memories by sailing the coast on a catamaran

For a ride at sea, rent a catamaran with or without crew, from half a day to the week. Tour the island, anchor yourself in one of its paradisical bays to take dive or just enjoy an island breeze and the taste of a cool ti'punch.

Getting to Saint-Barthélemy