St. Barts – Island Talk Tuesday

About St. Barts

Grand Cul de Sac

St. Barts, or Saint Barthélemy as it is officially named, is known as that island for the rich and famous in the Caribbean where celebrities and those who can afford millions flock to on a regular basis. As the stereotype of visitors proves to be mostly true, you can visit St. Barts as well on a budget, without being famous. Let’s take a look at how you can get to St. Barts and what you can do while you’re there.

How Do I Get There?

Majority of the flights to St. Bart’s come from St. Maarten. There are over a dozen of airlines that fly into St. Maarten from USA and Europe for you to have a 10 minute connection to St. Bart’s. There are a few direct flights offered from Guadeloupe via Air Antilles Express.

A budget way to enter the island is to fly into St. Maarten and take the ferry over, which is a  45 minute ride on the Great Bay Express for €90 roundtrip or €55 one way.

What is There to Do?

Gustavia

Besides look at celebrities and party with the rich and like the rich? St. Bart’s has 22 beaches that are all open to the public! Take advantage of that. Also a recommendation from many is to shop for gingerbread-cute Gustavia designer items. There are many French restaurants as well, go for that European inspired flavor.

Gouverneur is a mountain pass off of the beach to hike for sites.  The beaches do seem perfect for swimming, scuba or snorkeling.

Nightlife is very few, but day drinking is not! Take upon the beach bars and the day as that’s where the party is. The “Yacht Club” with its “Live Screen Concerts” on Gustavia Harbor, and “Casa Nikki” offer DJ and a dance floor.

Climate and When to Come Visit

The best months to visit St. Bart’s are May and June, for it is not too hot, yet sunny everyday. December through April is also high season, yet sometimes the sun gets a bit too hot for some.