Saint Barths : Travel Information before you go!
10 sq mi
4, 500 mi from London: 10 hour flight with a connection in Saint-Martin or Guadeloupe. From Guadeloupe to Saint-Barth: 1 hr flight, from Saint-Martin to Saint-Barth: 15 min flight.
Saint Jean airport is less than a mile away from Gustavia (a 10 minute drive). There are no shuttles or buses, but there is a taxi rank. All the car rentals which exist on the island are at the airport. If you need to rent a car, do it as soon as you arrive and remember to book in advance if you are planning on staying on the island during the Christmas holidays.
In Saint Barthelemy, there are no risks for your safety.
French is the official language; the use of Creole is in decline and over 40 % of the population speaks English.
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70 % Roman Catholic and 30 % Anglican.
The currency remains the same as in metropolitan France, that is to say the euro. Plan on taking cash, a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) or even travellers cheques. Regular cheques are not accepted. The American dollar is also accepted everywhere.
On the island, you can take the shuttle which runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 am, and stops at stations every fifteen minutes. Two itineraries are available: Gustavia, Flamand, Anse des Cayes, Saint-Jean and Gustavia, Saint-Jean, Lorient, Pointe Milou, Cul de Sac and Toiny. Info: 05 90 29 44 19 and
. You need to be at least 25 years of age to hire a vehicle, and since this is a French territory, driving is on the right with an international driving licence. It is recommended that you book with Europcar (Info: 05 90 27 74 34). You will also find motor scooters and motorbikes for rent in Gustavia, from Béranger's and Rent a Fun. You need to be at least 14 years of age to hire a 50 cc (costing roughly ?120 (£118) a week) and it is compulsory that you have a driving licence for a car to hire a 125 cc (costing roughly ?150 a week)The speed is limited to 45 km/h everywhere on the island and there are two service stations on Saint Barts. The beach of Gustavia is open in the morning only, while Lorient's is open in the afternoon.
Both the island's taxi ranks are located at the airport, tel: 05 90 27 66 31 and in Gustavia, tel: 05 90 27 75 81.
In case of emergency, tourists are repatriated to Guadeloupe or to St. Martin.
Voltage: 220 volts.
Taxes and tips
For fans of shopping and luxury products, it is recommended that you do your shopping in St. Bart's rather than St. Martin, where the prices have considerably increased.
Prestigious brand names can be found in St. Bart's and for cheaper than on the mainland.
You will be able to find a few phone booths in Gustavia.