The Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy is blessed with 14 paradisiacal fine-sand beaches, all of which can certainly be counted among the most beautiful in the Caribbean. From secluded beaches with no infrastructure to party and water sports miles, there is something for everyone.
The Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy is blessed with 14 paradisiacal fine-sand beaches, all of which can certainly be counted among the most beautiful in the Caribbean.
St Barth is surrounded by a pristine stretch of white sand and turquoise waters, broken only now and then by a cliff that juts into the sea and forms picturesque coves. The coral reefs surrounding the island keep out most of the currents and create the environment for excellent diving and snorkelling. With more than 300 days of sunshine on Saint Barth, it's no surprise that much of the island's life takes place on the stunning coastline. As holidaymakers on Saint Barthélemy are mainly from the wealthier classes, the beaches are bursting with magnificent yachts, luxurious shopping and exclusive gourmet restaurants. The permissiveness of the French is reflected on St Barth's beaches. Topless and, on 2 beaches, nude bathing is commonplace.
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Saline Beach is one of the most popular on St Barth. The shallow water offers good swimming opportunities and the unspoilt coastline makes this beach one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. Unclothed sunbathing is no problem here, but be careful: everyone must provide their own shade.
Gouverneur Beach is also extremely generous when it comes to clothing regulations - there are none. The nudist beach is enclosed by cliffs and has fantastic underwater worlds to discover. Near the road there is a pub that makes a day at the beach unforgettable with cool drinks and delicious food.
St. Jean Beach
Those who prefer to see their fellow holidaymakers at least half-dressed are in good hands at St. Jean Beach. It is divided into two sections by the so-called Eden Rock, which gives it a very special flair. The local hotels offer a variety of water sports activities and shopping facilities, and the proximity to the airport means you can watch planes taking off and landing.
Grand Cul-de-Sac Beach
You won't get bored at Grand Cul-de-Sac Beach either. This picturesque bay on the north-east coast also offers rental equipment for various water sports. The stiff breeze at Grand Cul-de-Sac Beach offers excellent conditions for kite surfing, windsurfing and sailing excursions, while the coral reefs guarantee spectacular underwater attractions. Its shallow waters make it an ideal family beach. A variety of hotels and restaurants offer sufficient accommodation and culinary delights.
If you find St. Jean or Grand Cul-de-Sac Beach too crowded, you should consider Flamands Beach. Only a few small hotels and villas stand near the extensive palm-shaded beach, which is said to boast the most turquoise sea in Saint Barthelémy . Due to the treacherous currents, it is only suitable for excellent swimmers.
Colombier Beach is also one of the most secluded and quiet beaches on St Barth. It can only be reached by boat or by a 30-minute walk from Flamands Beach along a rocky goat path. However, its incredible beauty is well worth the arduous journey! Colombier Beach is also called Rockefeller Beach after its owner.
Lorient Beach on the north coast of St Barthelemy is often left out by most visitors for some inexplicable reason. The normally rather gentle swells can become full-blown surf breakers now and then, especially on the west side.
Shell Beach is located in the heart of the capital Gustavia and is the perfect place to unwind after a day of shopping in Gustavia's exclusive boutiques. For an adrenaline rush, try cliff jumping, and for a full stomach, try the Do Brazil restaurant.