St Barths Yacht Charter Planning Guide
St Barths Yacht Charter Overview, Destinations and Information
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It is no wonder that the powdery white beaches of St Barthelemy (often spelled St Barth's, St Barts or St Barth) continue to attract the rich and famous yearly as they congregate for their Winter Caribbean holidays. This small, free-spirited island is more rugged and less lush than some of the other Caribbean islands, but it has culture, shopping, and all the amenities that cater to the jet set. Expect to find secluded beaches, fine restaurants and fashionable shopping hotspots on this mountainous island.
St Barth's - officially the Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy - is an overseas territory of France. The collectivity is one of the four territories among the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean that make up the French West Indies, and is the only one to have historically been a colony of Sweden.
From St Barts it's extremely easy to island hop to other amazing locations such as St Martin. This is made even more effective by chartering a motor yacht, as their increased speed and power allow you to jump between destinations with ease. There are plenty of water toys to be enjoyed on board, perfect for when you need to cool down from the Caribbean heat.
Sailing Yachts are the traditional option, providing a throwback to the sailing history of this culturally diverse area. They provide expansive deck space for sunbathing in the Caribbean heat when you're not enjoying some of your crew's amazing food!
Catamarans provide comfort and stability during your charter, allowing you to creep up extremely close to fascinating shores - making it easier for you to get your feet on the soft white beaches that make the Caribbean so special!
Bareboats offer you control and a sense of adventure. The children will have endless fun pretending they're the Caribbean pirates they see in the films while you steer your friends and family around the endless coves, beaches and towns on offer in St Barts.
Choose from the 20 beaches that St Barts has to offer, each unique in their beauty. Cruise to the south of the island to find Grand Saline, a pristine beach with little development. On the west side of the island is Colombier beach, accessible only via boat or a hike. St. Jean, Flammands and Grand-Cul-de-Sac beaches are popular and attractive where various hotels and other establishments are located, while Shell Beach is popular for families with many attractive tide pools for children to play in.
With varying ocean currents, the beaches differ — Scuba diving and snorkeling are a great way to see the nurse sharks, lobsters, conch and green sea turtles that abound in the waters surrounding the little island.The beach of Grand Cul-de-Sac is the easiest beach in the Caribbean for learning to sail, windsurf or kitesurf due to the reef that closes off the entire bay. The current that passes outside the reef carries migrating whales and dolphins.
Some of the best places to snorkel include:
- Lorient beach - the best place to see sea turtles.
- Colombier beach - approximately a 15 minute hike from Flammands.
- Petit de Anse - near Flamands - a great spot to see turtles and parrotfish.
- Forchue Island and other dive boat destinations - the best snorkeling is actually not on the island, so why not venture further out to sea?
St. Barts offers excellent dives which we can arrange with professional divers- a fantastic experience even for those who have never dived before! You might even be lucky enough to catch a sight of sea turtles, barracudas, angel fish, eels, countless varieties of fish, spiny lobsters, and kaleidoscopic displays of colourful coral!
St. Barts is a duty free, shopper’s paradise with boutiques selling clothes, jewellery, watches and shoes designed by some of the best-known Italian and French designers in Gustavia and St Jean. The fashion style of the island is "casual chic”, but shops sell a full range of clothing and accessories. You'll find all the major fashion brands on St Barth's, plus many local boutiques selling their own designs.
For pampering and spa services, visitors can unwind at the Guanhani Spa, St. Bart's "most irresistable private enclave". Hidden amongst exotic tropical gardens, nature has welcomed an unforgettably relaxing atmosphere since its opening in 2004. This spectacular Clarins spa offers pure elegance and complete relaxation. Expect to de-stress like never before in some of the open air treatment rooms that overlook the sea.
The principal gateway to St. Barts (SBH) is through Juliana Airport in nearby Dutch St. Maarten, where flights arrive daily from both the USA and Europe. From St. Maarten, several airlines make the ten minute shuttle flights to St. Barts. St Barts can also be reached from Guadeloupe on a 45 minute flight. Locally based charter flights are also available from San Juan and Antigua.
The climate is ideal, with temperatures generally ranging from 76 to 82°F, and the sparkling blue waters have an average temperature of 75°F –making it the perfect destination for yacht charters all year round.
The island offers excellent cuisine generally derived from its French roots. Many guests find that they while away their days at the beach, and spend their evenings at local restaurants. There is a wide range of choice from hip brasseries in the Port of Gustavia, to local beach restaurants serving Creole food, and sophisticated French gourmet restaurants overlooking the sea.
A sampling includes:
- La Vela in Gustavia. La Vela ('the sail” in Italian) is a fine Italian restaurant overlooking Gustavia harbor with homemade pastas and an upbeat atmosphere.
- The Eden Rock Restaurants at the beach in St Jean. Two restaurants, The Sand Bar and On the Rocks, both offer style and fine dining.
- Le Gaiac at Toiny. Le Gaiac is a classic, gourmet French restaurant in a spectacular Caribbean setting.
- Le Bartolomeo at Grande Cul de Sac. A true French gastronomic restaurant, Le Bartolomeo features gourmet French dishes and fine wines as well as a piano bar. The chef is a native of southern France.
- La Bete à Z’Ailes in Gustavia. This lively bar and sushi/sashimi restaurant is in the center of Gustavia Harbor. Its name means 'the flying beast” and it is named for the airplanes which occasionally pass overhead on their way to the airport on the other side of the island. It is a major spot to see and be seen while listening to good music and enjoying the view of the harbor.
- Le Ti in Pointe Milou. A fun night spot where you may find yourself dancing on the tables after dinner until the wee hours of the morning. St. Barts also hosts cultural events such as the annual Classical Music Festival which now has been expanded to include jazz and ballet.
St Barts is truly is one of the world's best charter destinations. Boatbookings knows the region and boats, and can find you the ideal charter yacht, be it Super or Mega Yacht, crewed, sail, motor or catamaran.