Beaches & activities
Popular with local families but often missed by tourists. it is a reef-protected stretch of sand on the north shore of the island.activities: swimming with calm surf.warning: minimally developed area, which contributes to the low-key nature of the beach. lots of shady areas.
St. Jean Beach
Two beaches in one, split by the prominent promontory known as eden rock. also the most popular beach on the island.activities: lots of resident hotels. endless water sports activities. lots of shops and restaurants.warning: full nudity is prohibited, but topless sunbathing is accepted.
Just a short walk from gustavia, a site of many weekend festivities.activities: ideal for sunbathing and swimming. equipped with clear, warm waters and a quiet, relaxing setting.warning: described in its name, shell beach is loaded with shell fragments throughout the sand. this may hurt your feet, but is ideal for collecting vacation memorabilia.
Grand Cul-de-Sac Beach
Activities: lots of facilities and amenities. many hotels and restaurants available for tourist needs. watersports equipment available for rental. ideal destination for kite surfing, wind surfing, and sailing. also ideal for families with younger children because the water is quite shallow a far distance out.warning: often windy, although this creates a good spot for surfing and sailing sports.
Activities: Snorkelling off the beach point to explore the underwater realms. Ring of sand is surrounded by scenic cliffs, and it’s possible to catch a glimpse of St. Kitts in the distance. Restaurants can be found on the road as well.
Warning: Many visitors, some of which like to go au natural.
A remote and private beach. you’re likely to find topless sunbathers here.activities: snorkelling off the beach point to explore the underwater realms. ring of sand is surrounded by scenic cliffs, and it’s possible to catch a glimpse of st. kitts in the distance. restaurants can be found on the road as well.warning: many visitors, some of which like to go au natural.
Colombier (“Rockefeller’s”) Beach
Best known for its seclusion. a lack of services creates a tranquil appeal.activities: calm waters provide for good snorkeling conditions.warning: many visitors bring food and drinks with them. only way to travel here is to take a boat or walk a 30-minute trail. the walking trail is a goat path that passes flamands beach.
Activities: Ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Equipped with clear, warm waters and a quiet, relaxing setting.
Warning: Described in its name, Shell Beach is loaded with shell fragments throughout the sand. This may hurt your feet, but is ideal for collecting vacation memorabilia.
(Anse de Grande) Saline Beach
One of the best-known beaches in st. bart’s, and maintains an undeveloped and isolated appeal.activities: excellent atmosphere for swimming when wind and surf are down due to shallow ocean bottom.warning: nude sunbathing is very common and on windy days, the surf can get rough and blowing sand can prevent some issues. not much shade either.
Activities: Lots of facilities and amenities. Many hotels and restaurants available for tourist needs. Watersports equipment available for rental. Ideal destination for kite surfing, wind surfing, and sailing. Also ideal for families with younger children because the water is quite shallow a far distance out.
Warning: Often windy, although this creates a good spot for surfing and sailing sports.
Activities: Popular spot for sailing activities.
Here is a complete list of all the water sports available at St. Bart’s:
Scuba diving—lessons and guided tours available
Submarine trips—explore the 1995 Marignan shipwreck, home of nurse sharks, or check out the great reef where you’ll find schools of sergeant majors, blue tangs, snapper, parrotfish, angelfish, barracudas, butterfly fish, stingrays, & more! You’ll also find that the green sea turtles tend to swim along side your vessel. Sea excursions are guided in English. There is a Yellow Submarine tour that departs from Gustavia Harbour and will travel six feet beneath the surface.
Deep-sea fishing—find yourself reeling in marlin, sailfish, tuna, and more!
Motor boat, jet ski, and sea-scooter rentals
Sailing & Catamaran trips—full or half day outings with agencies or private boat owners; sunset cruises
In addition to water activities, St. Bart’s is a sporty island in general. Explore:
Tennis courts—there are about eight 8 in total on the island
Volleyball—the most popular sport in St. Bart’s; there are frequent tournaments that travellers and locals participate in
St. Bart’s gets more than 300 sunny days per year, on average, which is why it’s the perfect vacation destination if you’re looking for a relaxing beach get-away. There are 14 beaches on St. Bart’s Island. All are full of white sand and are open to the public at no cost. Even during peak season, these beaches are normally not crowded. Nudism is prohibited on all beaches; however, it is not unusual to find visitors topless, as ties in with the island’s French roots.
st barts weddings
To get married on St. Barts, it is not required to be a member of the island, but it is encouraged that the couple will consider becoming a part of the community of St. Barts. The Episcopal Church requires that at least one member of the couple be a baptized Christian and that two witnesses attest to the wedding ceremony. The couple must fill out a wedding registration form and will then be assigned a priest. Before the wedding, the couple must attend a minimum of three pre-marital counseling sessions. This is a requirement of the Episcopal Church and of the St. Bart’s clergy. The church and chapel of St. Barts is very accommodating, but there are a few restrictions:
Use of aisle runners or “Unity Candles” are prohibited.
The scattering of rice, flower petals, confetti, etc. is not permitted in the church or chapel, or on the church property.