ABOUT ST BARTHS
Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean north of the West Indies, Saint-Barthélemy or St Barths is a small island of 25 km2 combining modernism and tradition.
Saint Barths has preserved the charm of its wild nature and its precious environment.
This volcanic island bordered by dream beaches is the perfect place for a sun destination in a paradise setting, translucent sea, white sand beach and a sunny climate all year round.
Despite international tourism, it has managed to protect itself from mass tourism and has quickly become a popular jet-set destination.
This small Caribbean rock is synonymous with luxury, calm and pleasure.
The first European to have approached the island is Christopher Columbus, who named it in honor of his brother Bartolomeo, during his second voyage in 1493. He then claimed it for Spain.
Originally, the Caribbean name of the island was Ouanalao.
In 1648, came the first occupation by the French, by decision of Commander Lonvilliers de Poincy.
From 1651 to 1656, the island is governed by the Knights of Malta. It is then abandoned until 1659, when it becomes a French colony again.
Because of poor soil and a very dry climate, it offers almost no economic potential, but remains a strategic issue in the north of the Lesser Antilles including its naturally protected Carénage port. The inhabitants mainly develop fishing, goat rearing, salt harvesting, cotton and indigo growing.
In 1784, the island was ceded by Louis XVI to King Gustav III of Sweden against a warehouse right in Gothenburg. The Swedes make St. Barthelemy a free port in 1785.
Ravaged by a cyclone and the fire of its capital in 1852, St. Barthelemy no longer resources and no longer of commercial interest, the King of Sweden and Norway Oscar II decides to give the island to the La France.
In 1946, the French adventurer Rémy de Haenen landed for the first time a plane on the island, in a savannah land where the airport Gustave III will be built.
In 1957, David Rockefeller built a modernist villa at Colombier Cove. The billionaire is imitated, and since the 1960s the island is turning into a luxury tourist destination, reinforced by the ban on building high-rise buildings and the lack of mass tourism.
On December 7, 2003, the voters of Saint-Barthélemy approved by popular consultation an institutional project making their island a territorial collectivity with a single assembly detached from the DOM-ROM of Guadeloupe. The island becomes, on July 15, 2007, officially overseas collectivity.
The tropical climate gives the island's temperatures a mild between 22 and 30 ° C all year round and maximum sunshine. In addition, the water temperature never drops below 26 ° C: ideal conditions for a heavenly holiday! The best time to go to Saint Barthélemy is winter, during the dry season, from December to March, but except during the hurricane season, around October, the island can be visited all year long.
METEO ET CLIMAT
The island has a small hospital in Gustavia with an adjacent diagnostic laboratory, there is also at least one private diagnostic facility. Specialists in cardiology, general medicine, dentists and paediatrics are also available. There are many pharmacies dispensing medicines, in St Jean and Gustavia.
All visitors must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least three months from the date of entry to St Barthélemy and a proof of return or on-going ticket.
Some visitors require also a special French visa that must be issued by the French Embassy before your travel, this special visa is required if you’re not from a country on the following list : All Western European countries, US & UK, Guatemala, Honduras , Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand , Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, St. Lucia, El Salvador, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Uruguay, Venezuela, Australia, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada , Czech Republic, Chile, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia.
Please double check with the French Consulate regarding your specific situation.
No vaccination is required. For animals, it is necessary to have an up to date certificate of rabies vaccination and a health certificate issued within 5 days. Animals belonging to French tourists must also be tattooed.
SE RENDRE A SAINT-BARTHELEMY
You can reach St Barth (SBH) from many airports : St Martin (SXM), St Thomas, San Juan and Antigua.
St Marteen Juliana Airport is the major and most convenient gateway to St Barts for both USA and Europe.
Many american and european airline companies have regular flights to St Marteen.
From St Marteen, you can take a ten minute shuttle flight to St Barts.
There are 2 companies : Winair and St Barth Commuter
From Guadeloupe : Air Antilles Express offers a 50 minute direct flight to St Barth.
From Antigua : St Barth Commuter and Tradewinds Aviation propose flights to St Barth.
From San Juan : Tradewind Aviation offers their service.
St Barth can be reached by sea via Ferries or catamarans from Saint Martin, either from French (Marigot Bay) or Dutch (Oyster Pond) part.
The company « VOYAGER » offers several travels daily.
It takes 1 hour and a half from Marigot and 40 minutes from Oyster Pond.
The company « Great Bay Express » travels as well but from Bobby’s Marina in Dutch St Maarten. Crossing time is approximately 40 minutes.
Private charter companies also organize transfers between Saint Martin and St Barth.
The crossing can take from an hour to an hour and a half depending on the type of boat.
SE DEPLACER A SAINT-BARTHELEMY
The roads are very winding and narrow, so we advise you to rent a car to discover it.
Quads and motorcycles are also available for rent.
Depending on the villa, you may need to rent a 4x4 vehicle.
You can also take a taxi or a private driver for your trips.