With 22 beaches of different shapes and sizes on the island, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. Some of them are not as easily accessible as others, but each has its own character and is strikingly beautiful. For now, here’s a little info on three of our favourites – but check back soon as we plan to detail all of the island’s beaches in more detail on our blog.
St Jean Beach
Divided into two by the Eden Rock, this beautifully calm bay is lapped by pristine turquoise waters and is a wonderful spot to watch the sunrise or for a bit of snorkelling, canoeing or windsurfing. Equipment is available for hire at Carib Waterplay next to La Plage restaurant. One end of the beach stretches as far as the airport, and the planes sometimes land right on the edge of the beach – which is spectacular to watch from your deckchair.
Flamands is the largest beach on the island, with fine white sand and rolling waves. Swimmers need to be vigilant since the current can be very strong at times, but that aside this wide and gorgeous beach is one of the prettiest on St Barths –as well as a wonderful place from which to watch the fisherman casting their nets.
Saline is the second-largest beach on the island and is often voted one of the top beaches in the Caribbean. It is reached by a ten-minute walk over rocky outcrops – so make sure you wear suitable shoes. It’s well worth the effort though, with crystal clear waters to bathe in and unspoilt white sand as nature intended. There’s isn’t much in the way of shade, so make sure you bring an umbrella and plenty of sunscreen
The lack of shade or any visible building development means that there’s nothing to detract from beach’s wild natural beauty, which is great. But that also means there are no restaurants, so make sure you stop for lunch en route at Le Grain de Sel by the Saline car park. Alternatively, try Le Grain de Sel, or L’Esprit de Saline (during high season only) on the Route de Saline.
We should probably point out that Saline is also the unofficial nudist beach of St Barths. Whilst nudity is not officially permitted on the island, don’t be surprised if you spot bikini-less people sunbathing discreetly at the far end of many of the island’s beaches.