Saint Barthelemy is a tiny island of nine square miles with 22 beautiful beaches. The most popular beaches are those of the Governor and Grande Saline, two semi-wild inlets, which are long enough not to feel overcrowded. The Grand Fond cove is also superb, you can't swim there, but the place is amazing: jagged cliffs, stone walls and hills, recalling scenery in Ireland. Make a trip to the Cove of Flamingos, a long spit of white sand bordered by the Atlantic or visit the crescent formed by the Bay of Saint-Jean which is the most lively seaside spot in Saint-Barth with all its hotels and bars. Otherwise have a drink at the Pelican or at the Beach, on a comfortable sofa, with your feet in the sand. It is on the Bay of Saint-Jean and at the Grand Cul de Sac, to the east, that water sports (windsurfing, pedalos, canoeing, kayaking and sea scooters) are offered. There is scuba diving in the Grand Cul de Sac and the coves of Cayes and Toiny and surfing in Lorient and the Cayes bay. Indeed, Saint Barthélemy - which has a fairly similar climate all year round, though drier than in Martinique and Guadeloupe, is very pleasant from May to August, even though it is warmer in winter (air: 30 °C water: 29 °C). Moreover, the days are longer (sunrise at 5:00 am., sunset at 7:00 pm compared to 6:00 am. and 6:00 pm. in winter). In addition, between March and June you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the whales.
Those who travel to Saint Barts are often jet setters, and the island accommodates everything that that implies: an intimate, no access ?show off' ambiance. While it is true that the port of Gustavia is overcrowded with huge yachts, it often only lasts for the two weeks between Christmas and New Year's Day. Thus, altthough the island can be crowded with a festive ?party atmosphere' reminiscent of Saint-Tropez on occasions, the rest of the time the celebrities who come here remain discreet and the hotels (mostly 4* luxury hotels) also host both ?Mr and Mrs everybody', mostly American, with strong purchasing power. Since the American "high end" is not so formal, the atmosphere follows suit. If you want though, you can also stay in a charming 3 star hotel, which is much more affordable but you will pay a lot for your meals and leisure activities.
Please note: since the island has no source of fresh water, drinking water is obtained from desalinated water or rain collected in tanks. So be eco-friendly: save water.
- To get around the island, it is essential to rent a car. Avoid renting a scooter as the island is very hilly and roads are not in good condition.
- The cyclone season (December-January) should be avoided.
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