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St. Barts is a Caribbean island known for its pristine beaches, decadent atmosphere, and even a few celebrities. This tiny island in the French Antilles isn’t the easiest place to get to, but the rewards of this paradise are well worth it. Read on to plan your next adventure with this guide for your first trip to St. Barts.
A guide for your first trip to St. Barts
The Best time to go
The weather in St. Barts is warm and wonderful all year round. What makes the best time to visit the island is the season you choose to travel. It is best to avoid the high tourist season from late November to early January. As expected, your flights and hotel rates will be higher during this time. The hurricane season runs from June to November. Even though hotel rates will be much lower than in high season, you run the risk of your plans being disrupted by storms.
The best time to visit St. Barts is from March to the end of May. Higher accommodation rates decrease after the Easter season and crowds are generally smaller during this time.
Getting to and around Saint-Barth
There are no direct commercial flights from the United States or Canada to St. Barths. Your best bet is to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico, or St. Martin. From San Juan, you can take the hour-long flight on Tradewind Aviation. If you are departing from Saint-Martin, you can take a 15-minute flight on Winair or the Suburbs of Saint-Barth to get to the island. The only option to get directly to St. Barts from the continental United States is through a private flight service like Air Charter Service.
Travelers also have the option of booking a ferry that can take you from Saint-Martin to Saint-Barth.
Rental cars are the best option for transportation around the island. St. Barts does not have a bus or public transport system. Taxis are hard to find and can be quite expensive. You can also easily rent a scooter or a bicycle to get around this beautiful island.
Where to stay
Saint-Barth is a magnet for celebrities and the jet set. Many visitors to the island own their homes or rent beautiful villas or condominiums. For everyone else, there are excellent accommodation options on the island. Notable properties include the large The Sereno, a luxury hotel with a spa and one of the most emblematic swimming pools in Saint-Barth. You can see glamorous royalty or movie stars Rock of Eden, located in the beautiful bay of Saint-Jean.
Where to eat
Reservations for dinner are recommended in St. Barts, especially in high season. The island has a multitude of culinary offerings for its visitors. For those who like to party, Nikki Beach is the place to be, especially during weekend brunches. You can enjoy a gastronomic meal of Franco-Japanese fusion at the Orega or savor the breathtaking atmosphere of Bonito.
What to do
There are a lot of things to do in Saint-Barth. Travelers can soak up the sun on one of its stunning beaches such as St. Jean Beach, Saline or Shell Beach. A popular activity on the island is the Colombier hike, which leads to a private beach.
You can also explore beautiful Gustavia. Spend a day browsing art galleries and upscale boutiques and enjoying lovely harbor views. For those interested in local history, you can visit the ruins of Fort Gustave, the Wall House Museum, or Old Bell Tower, which is the oldest building in Gustavia.
Things to know
Time zone- Atlantic Standard Time all year round (does not observe daylight saving time)
Main language spoken French, but English is widely spoken
Cash– Euro (current exchange rate)
Outlets– Saint-Barth has European style outlets (two round holes). Travelers should bring an adapter if needed.
Covid-19 entry requirements for Saint-Barth
US and Canadian citizens are currently permitted to enter the West Indies. Alone fully vaccinated travelers (2 injections and 2 weeks since the last injection) are allowed to enter the area.
A negative Covid-19 test (PCR or serology) performed in 72 hours departure is required to enter Saint-Barth and other Caribbean nations. There are also testing facilities on the island so travelers can schedule and take their Covid-19 PCR test for departure.
Plan your next island adventure with this guide for your first trip to St. Barts.
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