St Barts is an ultra-luxurious and high-end island in the Caribbean. Flying towards this incredible island, at first, you see a green dot in a sea of blue. As you get closer, you will see the white sandy beaches that fringe the coast, dramatic mountains, lush tropical landscape, Caribbean red-tiled roofs and luxury St Barths Villas.
This tropical paradise is home to many world-class vacation rentals, designer shops, small island-style boutiques, and delicious restaurants. However, one of the most beautiful features of St Barts is its natural treasures.
The island of Saint Barthelemy is a volcanic island and has a total surface area of 25 square kilometres, which means a twenty-minute drive will bring you from one side of the island to the next. As you drive along the island, one thing stays at your focus, the shimmering, blue Caribbean Sea.
Shallow reefs fully encircle each corner of St Barts with mild, crystal clear waters. It has many calm bays, surfing spots and soft sandy beaches to lounge out on. It is obvious, therefore, that this small, picturesque island offers some fantastic water sport opportunities.
The waters around St Barts are in five zones and are protected by the Nature Reserve of Saint-Barthelemy, which is the marine reserve. The water in St Barts is mild – so for most water sport activities, you do not require a wetsuit. Windsurfing, paddle boarding and kiteboarding are the most popular activities to choose from and all offer lessons, however, there is much more.
Sailing and Yacht charters around the island
Sailing around the island is one of the best things to do in St Barts. You can book a day charter that takes you all around the island and stops off at the beaches along the way. Sail at your own pace and soak in the views. Chartering a boat is a great way to see the island and explore some of the best beaches. As you sail along the coast, stop and swim in the sea, snorkel around the reefs and see if you can spot any turtles or tropical fish.
The options here include catamarans which are ideal for snorkelling or romantic sunset cruises which are perfect for couples visiting the island. At Exceptional villas, our complimentary pre-arrival concierge will take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy this Caribbean adventure.
One of the best beaches to stop at as you sail around the island is Colombier. This beach is not accessible by car. You must hike for 15-20 minutes until you reach this secluded beach. It is one of the best beaches on the island because of this peaceful ambience.
The charters can nestle in the calm waters of this bay as you can swim to shore. You can even organize a private lunch set up on the beach. The beach here offers the cleanest, crystal-like waters, which are a delight to swim in.
Scuba diving in Gustavia
For something a little more adventurous, why not plunge into the turquoise waters for some scuba diving. Gustavia, the capital of the islan, is a great spot for this. Scuba divers can explore the surrounding caves and reefs off the harbour. You will also be able to see two shipwrecks that are peacefully nestled on the seabed around Pain de Sucre an islet further away from the harbour at Gustavia.
You can also attend a Diving school which provide daily excursions to the islets around St Barts or if that is not exciting enough you can book an evening or late-night dive. The Diving schools will be able to provide a PADI certification after you have completed the lesson in diving and expedition.
Catch a surf along Lorient or Grand cul-de-sac
Lorient and Grand Cul-de-sac are two beach locations that offer calm waters for swimming, and further, out along the bay they also feature great surfs. Lorient is the best for surfing and windsurfing alike, as it has suitable waveforms and mild winds along the coast. Grand Cul-de-Sac and Toiny, however, are more suited to kitesurfing as the area have powerful gusts of refreshing wind ideal for catching the perfect wave.
St Jean Seabobs
St Jean is one of the most sought-after locations on the island. It offers many great fine dining opportunities on St Jean beach and Nikki Beach – both of which overlook the same bay. The waters here are calm and therefore perfect for sea bobs. Seabobs are essentially electric water scooters that are great fun. The water device is a blend between a jet ski and an underwater scooter – and is fun for all ages. Jet through the water around St Jean and after, you can lounge out on the beach and enjoy a delicious Caribbean meal.
While staying in St Bart, we recommend getting involved in the profusion of water sport activities available. The water here is unlike any other destination so while to enjoy the endless views of the dazzling sea, dive in to and see for yourself.
Whether you choose boating, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, swimming, windsurfing, kitesurfing or sea bobs – enjoy the natural, preserved waters that surround this tropical haven we know as St Barts. If you are looking for a two-centre holiday, you could also try Barbados. Click Here for more information.