6 Great Beaches in St. Barts
St. Barts, short for Saint-Barthelemy, the Caribbean’s most expensive and elite island, lives up to its hype as an adult sand-box where the famous and rich kiss over glasses of rose. However, it still has the charms that makes it suitable for ordinary folks, from its distinctly Gallic flair to its uncrowded white sand beaches.
The neat capital of Gustavia is famous for its cottages as well as designer shops and a remarkable ambiance of a romantic yacht-filled harbor. On the other side of the island, next to the airport, is a diminutive strip of beautiful boutiques as well as beach bars that have been compared to St. Tropez.Spectacular, white sand beaches, 22 to be exact, are the trump certificate of this island not to mention the breathtaking fully-equipped holiday villas in St. Barts.
Following are the 6 great beaches of St. Barts
1. Anse des Flamands
A lot of visitors never visit this northern coastline unless they are staying in a nearby hotel. This is a real shame because tourists who have visited agree that it is the most gorgeous beach for swimming and sunning of all St. Barts’ beaches.
Flamands beach is slightly out of the way from other active places of St. Jean and Gustavia. However, day visits to this beach are convenient and it has a lot of facilities and eateries should you get thirsty, hungry or more. In addition, Flamands provides a lot of palm trees shade, which could be a plus in combating the glower from the blinding sand.
2. Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac
You need to try some kite surfing, windsurfing, kayaking or fly fishing at Grand Cul-de-Sac beach. Particularly because its reef-protected waters are calm, shallow and warm, Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac is ideal. Before you leave, have a tasty meal at one of the many stunning eateries nearby.
3. Anse a Colombier
If you are in need of privacy, you need to visit this remote coastline located at the base of a steep- thirty-minute, cacti-lined hike down from the main highway along St. Barths northwest tip. Anse a Colombier is worth the effort because of its calm and stunning water with a beautiful soft, sand base.
There are wonderful rocks along the beach and in the water that afford some breathtaking picture opportunities. However, you might find a little problem finding restaurants, bars, as well as restrooms – pack your own snack before you make the trip.
4. Anse de Grande Saline
All you need to have to enjoy Grande Saline beach is a pair off sunglasses and a nice smile. It is famous for its bare sunbathers. In contrast, it’s very popularly known for its unruly winds as well as inadequate shade. Restaurants are also very rare. It makes up for these short coming with fine white sand bounded by cliffs and trees.
5. Baie de St-Jean
Maybe it is the glamorous sunbathers or the stunning aquamarine water, but the Baine de St-Jean, also known as Bay of St-Jean, could make you think that you are relaxing on the French Riviera. This beach is also wonderful for snorkeling or windsurfing and you will find a few beautiful bistros and boutiques nearby.
Throughout the day, St. Barts’ capital (Gustavia) is full of life. Because customarily sightseeing is impossible; some people just drive to the shops or to the street such as Quai de la Republique for a saunter. Speaking of shopping, you can find everything from knock-off Gucci to real-life Gaultier inside the magnificent stores of Gustavia.
During the night, the island nightlife takes control. Don’t be surprised to run into long time snowbirds Jimmy Buffet or Mick Jagger if you decide to tour the area.
May to June is the perfect time to visit this island. The weather is almost ideal. From December to April, the sun is quite hot. December is the peak season and needs bookings 6 months in advance. Don’t forget when in St. Barts to take advantage of all the best its beaches has to offer.
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