A little piece of France in the Caribbean, St Barts combines the best of St Tropez with life in the tropics. The moment you land on the island (and that landing!) you know you’ve found a truly special place. Hit the beach, get a Planteur cocktail, crack open a lobster. Be it for a romantic getaway or a weekend party, there’s something for everyone on this French West Indies island.
Our tropical volcanic island offers breathtaking views from its steep peaks and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is a place where people to go to unwind and disconnect from their everyday lives and it’s also where people go to be part of the scene and party with the rich and famous.
You’ll never forget where you are: The French accent is very strong around here — in every possible way.
St Barts’ Gustaf III Airport has one of the most scenic landings in the world—and that hasn’t changed post-Irma. Flying into the village of St Jean is one of the most exhilarating experiences in air travel. Since no air carrier larger than a 20-seater is permitted to land on the single-strip runway, you’ll be on an intimate flight leaving from a nearby island like Antigua or St Thomas. The steep descent provides breathtaking views on your way towards a narrow runway nestled between a steep hill and Tom Beach. The airport’s proximity to the road makes for a fantastic photo-op—so when you get off the plane, grab your camera and start shooting!
If you are in St. Barths for a day trip and short on time, head to Colombier Beach. Drive up the hill along the road parallel to Baie des Anges where you will reach a dead end. Park the car and hike 40 minutes downhill to crystal clear water and a secluded beach surrounded by jagged boulders. The hike through the tropical forest is a great workout, with lush vegetation and wildlife lining the winding path. A word to the wise: Bring sneakers and lunch. There is nothing at the beach. Of course, if it’s an option, you can also have your yacht pull directly into the cove. Where Christopher Columbus first landed in 1493. Pristine and with great snorkeling – expect to see everything from neon fish to turtles and nurse sharks – Columbus clearly thought it was worth a look, and you will too!
Yes, the roads are narrow in St Barts, with scooters and jeeps jostling for space on the steep hills, and an AWD car is recommended for peace of mind, but the uneven terrain has benefits too. First off, it keeps the cars on a more human scale—you won’t find Hummers or Escalades roaring around here— and second, the roads’ twists and turns give way to reveal staggering views over the headlands to the yachts playing in the bays below. At sunset when the sky turns gold against the clouds it’s even more spectacular.
With no big hotels on the island, many visitors to St Barts choose to rent one of the numerous private villas for their stay, and there’s a lot of choice on the island, from one-bedroom bungalows ideal for a honeymoon stay all the way up to expansive villas with room for 16 guests. Wherever you choose to stay, there’s something quite special about waking up to a view of the ocean and your own private pool, starting the day with a dip before feasting on fresh pastries from La Petite Colombe bakery with a good strong coffee on your sun-drenched deck.