St. Barthélemy, also known as St. Barth, is a member of the French Caribbean. St. Barth is the perfect destination for those whose ideal vacation is a book in one hand, drink in the other, listening to the waves crash against the sand. With countless beaches to explore and enjoy, layer on some reef-safe sunscreen and enjoy your idyllic Caribbean vacation.


From a walking distance is St. Jean Beach. The calm and white sand treat. It’s one of the most popular beach with numerous shops and restaurants.

Grand Cul-de-Sac Beach is a shallow beach with numerous turtle spots. You can find all water activities over there if you’re the more active type. The lagoon will please divers.

If other two are too windy, Shell Beach is your spot. The name comes from the millions of unique shell you can find here.

Wall House Museum is a quick 15 minute with some interesting informations on the history of the building itself. The host is very friendly and welcoming. The items on displays are limited though. They host expositions and concerts too.

Not much remains of Fort Karl itself but in 5 minutes you can enjoy a panoramic view in every directions. A view worth seeing.

Gustavia Lighthouse or Fort Gustave offers a distinctive view of the Gustavia Harbor. Built in 1961, it is still being used to this day to guide sailors.

St. Barth Municipal Museum presents the history of the island in photographs, and an exhibition on the wild life of the island. Anyone interested in the history of the island must visit it.

Tourism Update

As from the latest COVID-19 Report (August 29, 2020), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) maintains the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to the Caribbean Region to Very High. The level is based on international risk assessment guidelines, particularly in keeping with a risk assessment for MERS-COV and pandemic influenza. CARPHA Member States (CMS) must continue interrupting the virus progression, reducing mortality associated with COVID-19, and continue a phased lifting of in-country restrictions down below.

St. Barth, August 3 update, welcomes travelers from the US & EU. Here’s the requirements.

  • Wear a face mask entering, and during flight to St. Barth.
  • Anyone over 11 years old must have a negative RT-PCR Covid Test within 72 hours before arrival. If staying more than 7 days, another test will be required. If positive test within the island, a 14 days quarantine is required until a negative result.
  • Social distancing is encouraged on the island.

Getting There

The best way to fly to St. Barth is to first fly to neighboring St Maarten. From there, you can hop aboard either a Winair flight or a St. Barth Commuter flight. You’ll be there in 10 minutes. You can find more information at St. Barth’s tourism page.

If, after your long flight to St. Maarten, you’d rather enjoy a more leisurely final leg of your journey, there is a ferry from St. Maarten to St. Barth.

Getting Around

Once you get to the island, the only way to efficiently travel around is with a car. You can either hire a private driver, rely on local taxis, or rent a car yourself. There are several options to choose from and you can find more information and contact information here.


While the forested areas of the island provide much to appreciate, the main natural draw to St. Barth’s is the marine wildlife. Grab your snorkel, or suit up in your SCUBA gear, and head toward the various reefs that surround the island. With colorful fish, turtles, stingrays, and sharks to follow, there is a never-ending adventure awaiting your underwater. Be sure to wear coral reef safe sunscreen!

National Heroes/Museums

St. Barth Municipal Museum – Located in Gustavia, previously mentioned under Attractions, features the rich history of St. Barth. Complete with historic documents, photographs, preserved colonial and military artifacts, there is much to learn about this little island’s big history. There are also exhibits about the local wildlife!

Eco-Tourism in Bonaire

The biggest draw to the island is the stunning SCUBA diving and snorkeling hotspots. There are many tour groups on the island that cater to the adventurous. Whether you enlist a private charter to guide you around the various coves and beaches, or you go beach-hopping yourself, there is plenty to see under the waves. Turtles, sharks, and dazzling fish call the waters of St. Barth’s home. There are also several natural pool and tide pools that are worth exploring, a popular one being Grand Fond.


Like many other Caribbean islands, St. Barth is heavily impacted by the annual hurricane season. The newly founded charity of Help St. Barth was established to aid in hurricane recovery efforts. You can donate to this important charity to help ease the burden caused by future storms.

Capital: Gustavia

Population: 9,700

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Religion: Catholicism

National Bird: Pelican

National Flower: Lily

National Dish: Accras – deep-fried cod fritters

Motto: None.

The National Flag: Since St. Barth is a French colony, they fly the French tri-color flag. The left third of the flag is blue, the middle third is white, and the right third is red. The blue stands for fraternity, the white for equality, and the red for liberty.


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