St. Bart's Travel Guide

St. Bart's Travel Guide

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From everything that you might have heard about St. Bart’s, you’d half expect a red velvet rope to be strung up at the airport. The Caribbean’s most ... Read More

From everything that you might have heard about St. Bart’s, you’d half expect a red velvet rope to be strung up at the airport. The Caribbean’s most elite, most expensive island lives up to its reputation as an adult sandbox, where the rich and famous air-kiss over glasses of rosé. But it still has charms that make it attractive to the regular folk, from its uncrowded white-sand beaches—22, to be exact—to its distinctly Gallic flair. The tidy capital of Gustavia, with its gingerbread-trimmed cottages, designer shops, and elegant restaurants, surrounds a yacht-filled harbor. On the opposite side of the island, near the airport, St.-Jean is a diminutive strip of colorful boutiques and beach bars that has been compared to St.-Tropez. All across the island, you’ll find resorts that cater to a discerning clientele (that includes families, couples, and celebrities plus their entourages) who expect their sun-filled getaway to go off without a hitch. Read our Travel + Leisure travel guide for the best places to visit on your trip to St. Bart’s.

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Best Time To Go

November through June is the best time to visit St. Bart's. From December through April, the sun is especially scorching. December is considered peak season and requires bookings six months in advance. Clouds and showers sometimes interrupt the warm weather, especially during the fall. Avoid the rainy season in September, October, and November, when many establishments close.

Transportation

There is no public transportation on the island. Many travelers pick up a rental car; there are 20 agents on the island, including Avis and Hertz. There are also 38 licensed taxi drivers. Hotels will be able to call one for you.

Weather

June through September are the hottest months, with an average high of 90°F (32°C). January through March are the coldest months, with an average high of 84°F (29°C).

Know Before You Go

Airlines like Winair and St. Barth Commuter sell tickets for the 15-minute flight over from St. Maarten. Another option: fly Tradewinds Aviation from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Language

French is the official language, although English is widely spoken.

Electric

Type E (two-prong plug)

Currency

Euro (Dollars are widely accepted as well)

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