Let us have an overview of the main villages of St Barts.
St Barts is a single municipality but it is divided into 2 main parts, the leeward side, at the West, and the windward side, at the East and combine 40 “quartiers” (districts).
Gustavia is the ‘capital’ of the island with 2300 inhabitants. When it was first colonised, the area was called “Le Carénage”, likely to have been named for the shelter that this natural harbor was providing for boats to be careened. It was then named after King Gustav III of Sweden. The sites of Fort Karl, overlooking Shell Beach south of town, and Fort Gustav, at the base of the lighthouse to the north, are popular for hikers. Fort Oscar, at the tip of Gustavia Peninsula, houses the Gendarmerie. Gustavia has a few bars and restaurants, serving various types of food (American, Italian, French,…), and high-end boutiques such as Louis Vuiton, Dolce Gabana, Prada, 100% Capri, Cartier, Diamond Genesis
There is always a nice place to go for lunch, dinner or shopping!
Corossol is located in the northwestern part of the island along a small bay. It’s a fishermen village with traditionnal little houses hosting the last places of the craft tradition of weaving latanier leaves for hats and baskets. An authentic souvenir to bring back home!
Colombier, at the extreme west point of the island, offers from its viewpoint the most beautiful panorama of the island, from which St Maartin is visible when the sky is clear. Downstream, the bay of Colombier can be reached by boat or on foot, either from the viewpoint or from the Petite Anse beach. Make sure your camera battery is fully charged!
Flamands has the largest beach of the island and is the typical St Barts picture-postcard scenery: white sands, clear tropical-blue water, palm trees along the beach… Still, don’t relinquish to explore the other beaches!
Anse des Cayes is appreciated by the surfers, with its perfect waves. This site is unique by its strange topography: the valley, the shell reef, the strange-shaped rocks and the deep inlets raise with no doubt the past volanic activity. Enjoy walking among the ioding of the sea and the scents of the flowers!
St Jean is THE place to be during the touristic season. Shops and restaurants border two beautiful beaches, the saltwater pond hosts several species of migrating birds and a various fauna along its shores, and the left side of the beach allows to watch the entertaining and spectacular take-offs and landings of the nearby airport.
Lorient is one of the oldest villages of St Barth. Families will appreciate the tranquility of the beach, the clear waters, while surfers will enjoy riding the waves in one of their favorite spots. A restored church, which hosts music festival concerts in January, keeps watch on a quiet cemetery.
Marigot will be appreciated to chill out in the relaxing landscapes offered by the hilly surroundings that protects the beach from the wind. Fishing is not allowed, as the beach is located within the Natural Reserve of Saint-Barthélemy.
Grand Fond offers as far as one can see a sight on the open sea. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, either a soft breeze will cool you off, or a strong wind will whip your skin! Surrounded by high hills, lovely and small typical houses are nested down in the valley.
Whatever your preferences, surfing, sunbathing, shopping, fishing, snorkeling, don’t settle only for one spot and get to know the rest of the island, you will always be amazed by the wide range of possibilities that St Barth promises to offer you!