St Barthélemy, or St Barths as it is often called, is located in the Caribbean archipelago in the part often referred to as the lesser Antilles between St Maarten and Guadaloupe. Measuring only 9 sq. miles, this stunning island is surrounded by crystal clear waters and 16 white sandy beaches. St. Barths is renowned for its exclusivity and beautiful scenery and attracts a wealth of visitors looking for paradise.
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One of the main activities is pure relaxation on one of the fabulous beaches. With average temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius, peaks of 35 degrees Celsius and rarely less than 20 degrees Celsius, this island is the perfect sun-filled destination. Those who wish to be more active can find plenty to do as well – the warm waters is perfect for diving, snorkeling, wind-surfing, sailing or deep-sea fishing.
A visit to Gustavia, the capital of St. Barths, is recommended – a picturesque town full of red-roofed buildings, chic boutiques and a yacht-filled harbor. The whole island oozes luxury – from the mega yachts bobbing in the water to the impeccable standards maintained by hoteliers and villas, it is no wonder people choose to return year after year.
St. Barths is known for its fine dining – the diversity of its restaurants allows visitors to try a large variety of culinary styles, from traditional French to more West Indian flavor. Gastronomy is a way of life on St. Barths – and this passion for fine dining pushes chefs to be creatively inspired. Guests will find numerous restaurants – there are over 80 on the island – so visitors can enjoy everything from an early morning breakfast on the beach, to fine dining overlooking the harbor. Gastronomy events are held throughout the year.
For those in search of an active and glittering nightlife, the choices in St. Barths are few. There aren’t nightclubs or late night beach bars…instead St. Barths is about relaxing, enjoying good food and fine wine. Some of the restaurants do have an independent cocktail bar with occasional live entertainment.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both have a scheduled service from London Gatwick to Antigua Flights depart mid-morning and arrive into Antigua mid-afternoon. Tradewind Aviation are now offering daily flights from Antigua to St. Barths, a short 25-minute plane ride. Visitors will have to exit customs at Antigua and collect luggage.
Other options are flights via the USA and onto Juliana Airport in nearby Dutch St Maarten, with connections onto St. Barths.
|Flying time:||10-11 hours|
|Country Size:||9 square miles|
|Time Difference from UK:||-4 hours Winter/ -5 hours Summer|
|Voltage:||220 volts, 2 pin plugs|
|Driving:||Right hand side of the road|
|Airport:||Gustave III Airport|
|Entry Requirements:||British citizens do not require a visa. You will require a valid passport with 6 months validity.|
|Drink the water:||The tap water is generally fine to drink but it is advisable to drink bottled water|
|Beaches:||All the beaches in St. Barths are public and have public access.|
|Health and Safety:||No inoculations are needed to travel to St. Barths. Pack some insect repellant as there are mosquitos. As with any destination be vigilant and don’t leave high worth items without supervision.|
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