A little gem on the Caribbean Sea, St. Barthelemy, St. Barts for intimate, uninhibited assume island status for billionaires.
French overseas collectivity, Saint-Barthélemy, or Saint-Barth’s diminutive, is part of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. With an area of 25 km², including island, it is located 25 km south of St. Martin and 200 km northwest of Guadeloupe. Saint-Barthélemy is actually an archipelago with several islets answering the sweet names of the islands of Chevreau, Coco, Fourchue, Frégate, Turtle Island, Le Boulanger, Grenadins, Pain-de-Sucre, Pelée Island, Petit-Jean or Toc Vert.
St. Barthelemy is a very hilly island whose highest point, the dullness of Vitet, rises to 286 m. It is also an island called « dry », particularly arid soil. To the point that its lands do not provide enough drinking water to its inhabitants. No parcel is cultivated there, the island living mainly of luxury tourism. St. Bartholomew is named after the brother of Christopher Columbus who discovered it in 1493 on his journey to the Americas. It currently has some 7,000 inhabitants, mainly descendants of Normans, Bretons and Vendeans who settled there under the Old Regime. It also has a large number of former metropolitans. Which makes it a Creole island … white. An island with a very independent character too. In 2003, the inhabitants of Saint-Barth ‘voted en masse to get rid of the tutelage of Guadeloupe under which the island was placed. Saint-Barthélemy has fourteen white sand beaches, all more beautiful than the others and never crowded, even in high season. There are beaches in the wind, in the East and the beaches under the wind, so protected from storms, in the West.
Arranged as a horseshoe around a harbor on the south coast, the capital of the island, Gustavia, is a pretty little town with its colorful wooden houses and red roofs. It has a bit of French city in the tropics while breathing the authenticity of the Caribbean. Its port regularly hosts luxurious yachts from around the world and can be admired from its walks along the shore. On the north coast, Saint-Jean, where the island’s airport is located, enjoys a more sheltered bay than the other bays in this part of the island. On its heights, luxury hotels and pretty villas hidden in the greenery. A coastal road with beautiful views leads from Saint-Jean to Lorient. This small town set along a beautiful beach also has its doll houses with red roofs and a beautiful cemetery, particularly colorful. Salines, where salt was still mined in the early 1970s, is perhaps the wildest area of the island. Saint-Barthélemy benefits from an ideal climate throughout the year. The warm breeze of Alizées softening the heat of the tropical sun. The best time for a stay on the island remains from November to May but it is also the one where the tourists are the most numerous; for diving, you have to come between April 15th and the end of August, before the hurricane season. Which corresponds to the low season.
Saint-Barthélemy is the island of luxury par excellence, a billionaire’s paradise. The first of them to have acquired a property on the island is David Rockefeller, neither more nor less grandson of, in 1957. A peculiarity which contributed to preserve Saint-Barthélemy of the mass tourism. And which is also cultivated: here no building under construction, prohibition to build a house higher than a palm tree. The prices that are practiced there are also very high. Arid rock, Saint-Barth ‘is declined in long beaches of fine white sand, in bays with the infinite gradient of blues, in rocky cliffs, in salines … One cross there iguanas, cactuses candles, yachts, celebrities quasi -incognito, tourists more fortunate than less. With its 95% white population, only a few coconut palms and Breton stone walls to demarcate its plots, Saint-Barth ‘is an atypical island in the French West Indies.
On the program of holidays in Saint Barthelemy: deck chair, book, nap and sunbath. The most active will go snorkeling or with bottles in the observation of the seabed. They are never very deep all around the island. We do the most beautiful dives around the Sugar Loaf, islet off Gustavia, around the tip of the Red Ass in Colombier, around the Coco Islet … Some bays are protected by a marine nature reserve. The « shopping addict » can also do luxury shopping, but duty free. In Gustavia, all major brands are represented.
As you can see, the island of Saint-Barthélemy attracts mainly for its paradisiac beaches. Of the 22 beaches that you can discover if you come to visit Saint-Barthélemy, you will inevitably find the one that corresponds most to your desires: First there is the classic: Shell Beach. Located a few steps from the center of Gustavia, the capital, this beach is named after the many shells you can find on site! Besides, it is surely the best place to watch the sunset. Do not miss the Colombier cove: Believe it or not, but the cove of Colombier is the very definition of paradise on Earth. This paradise beach is out of sight, but is therefore quite difficult to access. You will have to either take the boat or walk for about 20 minutes from Petite-Anse. If you are looking for a diving spot, this is also the place for this kind of activity! For a diving session, you can also go to Lorient, which is also very popular with surf lovers, who like to go and tame the waves at Cayes Cove and Toiny Cove. The latter also hides a natural pool, just like Petit Cul-de-Sac, where you can swim in crystal clear water! Windsurfing is practiced in Grand-Cul-De-Sac and Saint-Jean. Are you looking for a trendy and festive place? We advise you to head to Nikki Beach, located in the Bay of Saint Jean
Capital of St. Barthelemy, Gustavia has everything a charming little town: its red roofed houses that blend in perfectly with the scenery, its paradisiac beaches (like Shell Beach or Grand-Galet), its cafes where prevails the good mood , but also its marina which animates a whole population. If you come to visit Saint-Barthélémy and decide to stop in Gustavia, plan a little time there because there is something to occupy you! The island has some historical monuments and many are in this city.