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Though you may find it difficult at first to leave the comfort of your accommodations, you'll definitely want to find the time to explore the island and all it has to offer visitors. Checking out the local beaches is a must, whether you decide to visit the popular St. Jean beach or the more remote Colombier Beach that is only reachable by boat or a 30-minute hike. Saint Barts is also a very cultured island, and there are numerous art galleries and museums to visit, including the Galerie Asie which houses a unique collection of artifacts from all over the world.
Marine Services can help you discover St. Barths' fishing, sailing, snorkeling, diving, island hopping and jet skiing. They offer all of this, plus several other tours. Divers love exploring the Kayali shipwreck, and anglers always come home with plenty of stories to tell after a day with Marine Services. Big game fishermen catch bonita, dorado, and barracuda. Or maybe just a leisurely tour around the island is more your speed. The gentle rocking of the boat makes for the perfect sun bathe, or find a shaded spot for a relaxing on-board nap. When you wake, refreshing beverages and a light lunch will be waiting. Quai du Yacht Club, Gustavia Open Daily: 8:30 am to 1 pm; 3 pm to 6 pm
Within walking distance of Gustavia, Shell Beach got its name for the blanket of olive shells covering the sand. Hurricanes have washed most of the shells away but you can still find a good array. This beach is a fantastic place to watch the sunset with the islands of Saba and St. Eustatius on the horizon. French tennis champion, Yanich Noah, and St. Barth's legend, Boubou, own Do Brasil on Shell Beach. This three-story restaurant is tucked into the cliffs and it's the perfect place to grab cold drinks, salads and sandwiches.
The island of St. Barts is duty-free but you'll find the most stores and best shopping in Gustavia. Billionaire yachts anchor here to check out the latest trends from French and Italian designers, which may not have made it to the states yet. The shopping pit-stop includes merchants such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Tod's, and Bulgari and a bunch of luxury boutiques. St. Bart's Gustavia is a sure hit for fashionistas traveling from around the globe.
St. Barts' 14 stunning beaches draw thousands of travels to this tiny island every year, but St. Jean is where we soak up the sun. This cove is actually 2 beaches split by Eden Rock where you'll find restaurants, hotels, bars, shops and water sports. This northern bay feels like the French Riviera. Relax and enjoy the crystal blue water. It's never very crowded, even during the winter months. Take a stroll down the coast to the airport runway. It's fun to watch, and photograph, take-offs and landings. Nudism is prohibited, but topless sun-bathing is okay.
Anse des Cayes is a favorite among surfers with its unusual and consistent onshore breezes. However, visitors staying in Anse des Cayes will also enjoy other activities such as windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving or even jet skiing. Pick up a board and ride the wave at Anse des Cayes beach.
Colombier Beach, also known as Rockefeller’s Beach is difficult to get to. It is reachable by boat from Gustavia or by a half-hour hike down a scenic path near Flamands Beach near the Auberge de la Petite Anse hotel, and rounds the edge of a rocky promontory.
If you rent a Colombier Beach vacation rental, you’ll be as close as they come to one of the most remote beaches on the island. Once there, spread out the blankets and have a picnic as you watch your friends and family splash in the water. Colombier Beach still called "Rockefeller’s Beach," because for many years David Rockefeller owned the properties surrounding it.
The village of Corossol has a lovely beach that serves the practical purpose of a fishing port.
To get a true sense of the traditional culture of St. Barths, one must journey to Corossol Beach where you'll find a village once home to St. Bart’s fishermen and now home to ancestors of the original inhabitants from France. Watch villagers of Corossol weave intricate straw baskets and on special occasions, you can catch the women of the village wearing their traditional dress from France and quichenotte bonnets. Come enjoy a life much more simpler then modern architecture and mega resorts and find a Corossol Beach vacation rental.
Catamaran sailing in St. Barths. Let the trade winds waft you to a sheltered cove, swim and snorkel among multi-colored tropical fish, sunbathe with a freshly-made Planter's Punch at your elbow, dine graciously in the huge shaded cockpit, and return to port at sunset, refreshed and renewed.
Destinations include Colombier Beach, Saline Beach, Gouverneur Beach, Fourchue Island, Tintamarre Island, Pinel Island, and Coco Island.
NUAGE III is fully equipped with everything you might need for a wonderful day, including snorkeling gear, floating hammoks, a superb stereo music system, and fresh water deck showers.
Nuage III is a splendid vessel from Jeanneau Advanced Technologies is 47' long and 25' wide. It is sloop rigged, with a roller furling jib and staysail. Auxiliary power is provided by two nearly silent Volvo diesel engines.
Accomodations include four double cabins, a spacious salon, galley, heads, and crew quarters. An abundance of deck space and the inherent stability of the design make NUAGE III especially suitable for comfortable day sailing and a superb swimming/snorkeling platform for up to 15 guests.
For those seeking an alternative experience, Eve Ducharme shares her passion for art in her home-based gallery, facing the ocean in Toiny. She represents painters, sculptors and designers who have touched her life, and she hopes to share these artists with her guests in a similar, intimate manner. A unique collection of pieces from contemporary French artists.
The Festival of Music started in 1985 with a group of professional musicians from the Pittsburgh area. They were a small group but they made an enormous impression on the island. Each year the Festival has grown in stature and importance. Ballet was introduced in 1988 and jazz in 1989.
The artists of the Saint Barths' Festival de Musique have included the American Chamber Music Ensemble, the Claude Bolling Jazz Trio, ballerina Valentina Koslova, soprano Alba Quezada, conductor Akira Endo, and guitarist Eric Franceries. Today, the Festival features top level musicians from every corner of the world. The Festival takes place in late January to early February.
The 2009 Festival on the island runs for two weeks, from January 8 through January 22, 2009. Advanced tickets to performances are not necessary, just come to the island and pay at the door.
A new boutique located in the Christopher Hotel selling designed swim suits from Paris, exquisite jewelry from around the world and beautiful clothes that are perfect for the Caribbean.
A beautiful stretch of white sand fringed with lantier palms and a smattering of hotels and restaurants.
Bring your lunch or have a picnic on the white sandy beach. A few hotels and restaurants can be found through the palm trees, but its beauty is far more impressive. Catch some shade or ride the waves. Flamands Beach is a gem and is never crowded.
Jean-Pierre Hennequet, who opened his first Galerie Asie on Paris' left bank in the mid-seventies, has traveled yearly all over Asia since then, and has now gathered in Gustavia, an eclectic selection representing a glimpse of what he has on hand from established collectors world-wide.
Tibetan ritual objects, Japanese rare tansus, old Shan kingdom unique Buddha sculptures, Khmer or Gandhara stone reliefs, funny chinese brass locks or bamboo pipes, tribal shields or masks from New Guinea, and ritual objects from Tibet and Nepal.
Galerie Asie also offers second hand books on the Carribean, and a consultant service for interior decoration, antiques and art works purchases.
Rue Samuel Fahlberg, Gustavia. Open Monday thru Saturday, 10am - 12:30pm; 3pm - 7:30pm.
A lovely serene beach popular with families. The parking is nearby and shade trees at the entrance protect the little ones from the sun. Otherwise known as Anse du Gouverneur, Gouverneur Beach is also a popular spot for nude sunbathers due to the strong sunlight. However, white sandy beaches await you on this unspoiled stretch of beach on the southern side of St. Barths and many can find themselves surfing the waves, or snorkeling by the rocks. Get a unique beach experience with a Gouverneur Beach vacation rental.
Grand Cul de Sac Beach is reef protected. Children can enjoy playing in its calm, shallow waters and you can too. Find out just how far you can walk into the lagoon as you watch windsurfers go by. With hotels, restaurants and a ton of water sports, there is fun for all.
On the beach in Corossol, the scruffy Inter Oceans Museum houses a huge collection of seashells from all over the world (admission $4 per person) collected by a wizened old man who claims he hasn’t found anything on St. Bart’s since tourism took off in the 1970’s.
Art at the Eden Rock Hotel is centered in Janes Gallery. It's effort to exhibit and display pictures extends throughout most of the houses, rooms and suites of the Eden Rock. In addition to offering pictures for sale, Jane's Gallery encourages guests and friends to take up canvas, paints and brushes and to participate - be they seasoned experts or new to painting.
Artist Kelly Gary specializes in impressionistic scenes of St. Barths, using vivid colors to highlight and represent the beauty of the island. Gary applies her technique by drawing inspiration from all that surrounds her, including businesses, villas and landmarks. Prints and originals are available, as is commissioned work.
This reef protected beach has very little surf and good swimming. The beach is secluded and quiet, favored on Sundays by island families. It provides some shade and is seldom busy. It is located on the north side of the island and affords pretty views of the reef and small fishing boats. Surprisingly, it remains undiscovered by most tourists.
Marigot Beach is a small sliver of a beach and part of a nature reserve so snorkeling is great. Few swim here due to its small size.
Marigot Bay vacation rentals benefit as an area where tourists can swim and snorkel. Few swim here because of its small size, but those staying in private villas will enjoy the view from towering palm trees and having the beach all to themselves.
Anguilla for lunch?
Snorkeling at Tintemarre?
Anytime St. Maarten pickup?
Master Ski Pilou can provide all of the above, not to mention the sheer joy of hurdling across the wave-tops at the helm of one of the world's finest high-performance motor yachts. Master Ski Pilou can provide the equipment and personnel for every kind of nautical activity: sailing cataramans, jet skis, SCUBA diving, deep sea fishing, and more .
A contemporary art gallery located in Gustavia, owned by Marc Jancou and Fergus McCaffrey, that exhibits works from a wide variety of mediums. Photography, sculptures, and oil paintings are just a few examples. Contemporary artists such as Johnes, Brice Marden, and Cy Tombly have all spent time at this gallery on St. Barth’s.
Rue du Roi Oscar II
Gustavia, St. Barthélemy
97133 French West Indies
NAUTICA FWI offers its services to all yachts coming to St Barth, to help them in organizing their stay on the island in the most pleasant and efficient way.
Ocean Must offers a wide range of water sports -- diving, deep-sea fishing, sailing trips, day cruises to neighboring islands, motor boat rental and bareboat rental -- plus a 2-hour tour of the island on ATVs. Located in Gustavia at La Pointe.
An exciting scuba diving experience! Whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner, discover the underwater flora and fauna of an enchanting aquatic universe with graduated instructors. Dives are done on the Atlantic side, around Frégate, Toc Vert, Groopers, Grenadiers, Coco ... islands. Swim among groupers, tarpons, sharks, turtles, stingrays, eagle-rays, lobsters... in this volcanic reef offering caves, sharks, tunnels, covered by gorgonians, multicolored sponges, and coral reefs.
Located on Grand Cul de Sac beach, the diving center Ouanalao Dive conducts 3 daily diving excursions: at 9 am, 11 am and 2.30 pm, including discovery dives for all diving skill levels, and PADI and ANMP-CEDIP certification.
Other activities include: snorkeling excursions, and private outings upon request.
A small protected beach great for kids.
Secluded and usually very quiet. A favorite among locals, Petit Cul de Sac is a gem to find with its calm waters and beautiful white sandy beaches. You'll find nothing but peace and tranquility in this protected lagoon on the northeast corner of St. Barthelemy. With the size of the reef and the depth of the water, you'll find opportunities with Petit Cul de Sac vacation rentals for snorkeling adventures.
Anchoring on the coral reefs is prohibited, resulting in a spectacular underwater world. An exceptional variety of sealife flourishes in this part of Caribbean. From the smallest colorful reef fish to bigger predators such a nurse sharks, tarpons, and barracudas, all these fishes are friendly, in St-Barth you dive in total safety. Scuba diving in St Barths is for everybody with numerous dive spots (22 different dives in The Marine Reserve alone) from 20 to 99 feet deep; coral reefs, caves, canyons.... all in 82/84°F crystal clear water.
Plongée Caraïbes is a St. Barths PADI dive school offering all certifications from Discover Scuba Diving to Dive Master certificate. The professional and friendly dive instructors speak French, English, and German.
Whether you are planning to take your first dive or are an experienced diver, St. Barths is an ideal location for diving. The island is situated on a coral plate and the maximum depth available is approximately 90 feet. The dive spots are no more than 5 to 20 minutes from the harbor of Gustavia. There are reefs, caves, canyons and 4 wrecks in the area (3 fishing boats and a yacht that went down with the last hurricane). Sea turtles, rays, eels, tarpon fish, and baby nurse sharks are very common. The coral is colorful and everything in the water is friendly.
Tours and activities available on St Barth.
(ATV, Maxi-cat sailing, Diving, Snorkeling, Private fast boat, trekking, private transport, ferries)
Bring plenty of sunscreen because Saline Beach is all sand and sun. With no shade on this breathtaking stretch of sand, you'll be sure to catch a tan without even looking for one. Perhaps this is why Saline Beach is the place where most sunbathers go nude. Saline Beach vacation rentals can be found on the southern side of the island. Just weave your way through a rocky path, past scalable sand dunes, until you come upon the true beach experience of Saline.
One of the most anticipated events on the island is the annual Film Festival, which takes place this year April 25-30. Unless otherwise noted, the films are projected on the large white wall at the A.J.O.E. tennis courts in Lorient, where non-alcoholic drinks, popcorn, T-shirts and baseball caps can be purchased. Admission is 5 � per night or five nights for 25 �. All films are either in French or have French subtitles. Many thanks to Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, a founder of the Film Festival.
Horseback riding is available on St Barths through St Barth Equitation at the Ranch des Flamands, which is at the end of an incredibly rough road high above Flamands in the northwest. There is a ring for dressage, but they also take out guided rides that follow footpaths through the scrub high on the ridge in the north-west of the island and then descend to Flamands beach. There are also a number of ponies for children to ride. St Barth Equitation is headed up by qualified horsewomen Coralie Fournier 690 62 99 30 and Nathalie Moison 690 39 87 01.
St Barth Tennis is pleased to offer you a court reservation service and lessons at: Hotel Manapany, Hotel Isle de France, Tennis Club of Flamboyant, Saint Jean.
Patrick Sellez, the head pro, runs the St Barth Tennis program and organize the activities.
Located next to the beach in St.Jean, between Nikki Beach and Eden Rock, this eclectic shop contains many surprises in addition to a carefully selected collection of fine clothing and accessories.
Best collection of pareos, beach totes and adult and children's resort wear
Open in the evening as well as during the day.
First Edition of the Transact Classique Lagassé
St Barth will be hosting yet another major sailing event this December. The Bucket Regatta has finished, and the bi-annual Transatlantic Ag2r race takes place in May. At the end of the year will be the first edition of the Transat Classique Lagassé, with the boats arriving in Saint Barth a few days before Christmas. This transatlantic race is open to classic sailing vessels built as one-of-a-kind or limited sailboats. They will set sail on August 17 from the port of Douarnenez in Finistere, France. After a stopover in Agadir, Morocco, they will set sail for St Barth on November 28. This is the only transatlantic race for classic sailboats.
As of now, 31 boats are registered and another 64 have expressed interest. (Where, oh, where will all of these boats dock during the already full port of Gustavia around Christmas time?!) The race will have three winners, one in each of the following categories: Vintage, for boats built before 1975; Modern Classics for boats built with more modern materials such as welded steel, molded wood and polyester; and Neo-Classics for boats built after 1975 as replicas of traditional vessels. The largest boat is over 100', the smallest is a mere 32', and the oldest was built in 1913. Most of these boats have an interesting story behind them. For example, the Mistral, an 82' schooner, first set sail in 1938 and served in the German navy as part of submarine surveillance operations during WWII. If you want to be present for this first-time exciting event, be sure to make your reservations early as Christmas and New Year's is always a popular time on St Barth.
Travel six feet beneath the surface of the sea, in safety and comfort, and gaze upon the breathtaking abundance of colorful sea life that lives in and around St. Barts' natural coral reefs.
The semi-submersible craft remains on the surface providing wonderful views through 24 large viewing ports. Catch a glimpse of three of St. Bart's most famous shipwrecks including a luxury mega-yacht sunk in a hurricane.
Thanks to the St. Barts Marine Park authorities, the waters are full of life, and those disinclined to snorkle or SCUBA dive will love this superb educational tour !