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Where to stay in St. Bart’s on your next Caribbean vacation

May 29, 2019
From the charming capital of Gustavia with a plethora of restaurants and shops to the pristine beaches of the west coast that you’ll often have to yourself, there are so many stunning places to choose. This is where to stay in St. Bart’s on your next Caribbean vacation.

Gustavia

The main town and capital of Saint Barthelemy is a popular choice for tourists visiting the island. It has all the amenities you could ever want or need and is also the easiest place to hire taxis from to see the rest of the island. Located just 10 minutes from the airport, the town is full of shops, from boutiques to high end international stores and is also the location for many of the best restaurants in St. Barts. But being in the capital of St Barts is very different to other capitals. You are still right next to the stunning Shell Beach. World famous for the millions of unique shells that wash up here, Shell Beach is within walking distance of the capital city, and during peak season often hosts weekend festivals on the shore. There are plenty of accommodation option to choose from, including small apartments and larger penthouses. 

 

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St. Jean

Arguably the island's most visited beach, best known for its white sands and calm waters which are perfect for swimming and sailing, St. Jean in Saint Barthelemy is the second most popular spot for tourists. A rocky outcrop divides the beach in two which is home to the famous Eden Rock Hotel. There are a few glitzy beach bars here which will bring you cocktails as you lie on your sun bed as well as a couple of shops and a good choice of restaurants. This is also a great area to stay if you like to be near some nightlife. The accommodation around this area is suitably luxurious and the setting of some of the best St Barts holiday villas to rent

 

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Saline Beach

While nudism is officially forbidden in St Barts, Saline Beach is the place to go if you like the idea of shedding your bathing suit and going au natural. The secluded beach is on every Saint Barthelemy itinerary and is not to be missed. Le Grain De Sel is one of the most famous restaurants on the island and is the perfect place for an al fresco lunch. While Saline beach itself is rather remote, there are a number of villas to rent in the area where you can really indulge your inner beach bum. 

 

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Gouverneur Beach

Of all the beaches on St. Bart’s, this is easily one of the best, thanks to its remote, private feel. Unlike the beaches in Gustavia and St Jean, you won’t find any beach bars here. To get there, you have to drive down a twisty, narrow road, where you’ll then be met with blue seas, a green backdrop and white sands. Bring your own towels here as there are no sun beds or chairs to rent, but the surrounding nature will provide everything you need. Shade is provided by the trees. Much like Saline Beach, the accommodation options directly on the beach are scarce, but towards the top of the hill and the nearby town of Lurin there are a number of luxury villas to rent. 

 

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Colombier Beach

On the north west tip of the island, away from the super yachts of Gustavia is Colombier Beach. This rugged cove has an end-of-the-world atmosphere and not many crowds, even in the peak season. Above the bay before the steep drive down, there are a number of viewpoints which provide breathtaking vistas over the bay and the surrounding area. There is nowhere to stay on the beach but a selection of villas can be found in the nearby villages. The best place in St. Bart’s to escape the crowds and really reset. 

 

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Lorient

Watch school kids surfing the break in the early mornings then stay for sunset here at this magnificent spot. The actual village of Lorient is one of the oldest on the island and one of our favourite things to do in St. Bart’s. You might even spot some elderly residents in traditional Norman dress and speaking the local dialect. Then walk past the colourful cemetery and follow the path to the beach with calm waters for swimming and a reef for snorkelling and surfing at the other end. Truly, something for everyone. There are so many luxury villas to rent in St.Bart’s and many of them are in close proximity to Lorient and the village has a few nice restaurants and bars so it’s a popular spot for families and groups of friends. 

 

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