Explore Saint Barthélemy
Arriving from Europe is actually pretty straightforward, with direct flights from Paris to St Martin. From this nearby island, you can catch a private boat, which will take you personally to your St Barths resort. Alternatively, you can make the same journey via a short flight, though do note this crossing is only possible with a small aircraft. Once landed, you can choose to explore by hiring a Moke or car. Just keep in mind that the mountainous roads may be narrow and steeper than you’re used to.
Climate & seasons
Peak time coincides with the dry season, which runs from December to May. However, late November to early January is when the island is busiest, with Christmas being the craziest time to visit. Early summer still offers warm weather with fewer crowds, before the rainy season sets in from September to November.
Where to go
Downtown Gustavia is ultra-glitzy, with a main street lined with designer boutiques. It’s the place to be for shopping and dining, with super-yachts also occupying the harbour. Meanwhile, wanton luxury resorts inhabit the sands of Anse de Grande Saline and St Jean, both home to beautiful beaches alongside mountain backdrops. Beyond this, there are natural pools and rocky hikes inland, as well as cliff jumping and swimming at the popular Shell Beach. Colombier Beach is the best spot for snorkelling. For those seeking more privacy, consider Rosewood Le Guanahani at Marigot Bay.
What to do
Essentially a glamorous playground for the jet-setters, the island naturally has boundless entertainment supply. It comes in the form of Michelin-starred restaurants and high-end retail. However, indulgent relaxation is also cherished. Travellers can charter a yacht, go snorkelling or simply unwind on picture-perfect beaches. More adventurous visitors have scenic hiking trails, leading to unique nooks, natural pools and isolated coves. Wildlife encounters at sanctuaries and reserves are also possible. Finally, you can explore the island’s history at central attractions like Wall House and Fort Karl.