The rich and famous, as well as mega yacht owners, have considered St. Barthélemy their exclusive playground for many years because of its distinctive French flavor, beautiful beaches, gourmet dining, and shops that offer trendy French fashions. St. Barthélemy, or St. Barths as the locals call it, may be a small island totaling a meager eight square miles, but it offers the upscale visitor a distinctive French experience in the Caribbean. Gustavia, the capital, is surrounded by a picture-postcard harbor and is the center for shopping, restaurants, and quaint bistros. One venue that should not be missed is Le Select in Gustavia. This eclectic bar/restaurant is world famous as the location where the singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett got the inspiration for his song "Cheeseburger in Paradise," and yes one can order a delicious cheeseburger made just like the song says.
Note: Most retail shops are closed between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and many restaurants close after regular lunch hours. St. Barths is an anchorage port, guests transfer to shore via ship's tender.
Gustavia is the capital of St. Barths and the center of commerce. The ship's tenders will drop off right in town for independent sightseeing, shopping, or dining in town.
Shell Beach is a small but picturesque beach approximately a 15-minute walk from town. There is a restaurant/bar for dining or refreshments. Partial nudity may be encountered.
St. Jean is the second largest shopping area on the island. St. Jean is known for its magnificent villas, hotels, and excellent restaurants. The Eden Rock Hotel is located overlooking St. Jean Bay and a very pretty beach can be found at the end of the runway at the Gustav III Airport.
Everything French can be found in the stores and boutiques in St. Barths. Most prices will be in Euros, however credit cards are widely accepted as well as the U.S. dollar.
Special Child Pricing Available! Children age 12 and younger, savings up to 50%.
1 hours | St. Barthelemy | SBH-110
Embark on a one hour highlights tour that leads to the sands of St. Jean Beach. Set off by motorcoach for views of the capital city of Gustavia and a delightful series of small towns. Follow the road to the salines (salt ponds), once the industrial backbone of the island. At La Tourmente, watch airplanes fly overhead. Pause at unspoiled Grand Fond beach, then continue to Toiny, in the quiet, northeast sector of the island, to see the house of ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev. The towns of Petit Cul de Sac and Grand Cul de Sac feature glamorous hotels and a wide lagoon used for windsurfing. Marigot is famous for its large wine cellar, and Lorient is one of the oldest villages. At Coupe-Gorge (Cutthroat) town, learn about its swashbuckling heritage. Take the leeward road past Colombier and Corossol, then return to the ship or disembark at famed St. Jean Beach and return to Gustavia on your own.
Descend into the tunnel-like hull of the Yellow Submarine, a semi-submersible, and take your seat in front of wide panoramic windows. Your one hour journey affords spectacular views of the under-the-sea wonders as you float below the waterline. If you prefer, you can stay outside on the upper deck for lovely vistas and warm sunshine. At the harbor entrance, watch for green turtles. Soon your vessel will be floating over the 50-foot island freighter Marignan, sunk during the famous Hurricane Luis in 1995. Continue to the Marine Park, where the seabed teems with coral reefs and schools of sergeant major fish. The on-board crew will throw food in the water so that literally hundreds of fish will pass right by the windows. After filling your camera, begin your return to the pier. Step outside to the upper deck to admire the mega yachts anchored in the harbor and St. Bart's lovely shoreline as you conclude this lovely adventure.
The French island of St. Bart's is well known for its exceptional diving and snorkeling experiences. Spend an hour in the waters of this little French West Indies paradise among a fantastic array of marine life, on this two hour tour that leaves time for you to explore. Board a well appointed motorized catamaran and set off out of the harbor, which is studded with mega-yachts, and into the waters of St. Bart's protected Marine Reserve. At the captain's discretion, you'll anchor at a picturesque spot known for its high concentration and variety of sea life. Don your provided equipment and participate in a safety briefing. Then, slip into the warm, crystal-clear waters and enjoy! From tiny reef fish to larger rays and even nurse sharks, all the wildlife you encounter are friendly. Bring an underwater camera to capture the experience. Back on board, enjoy a cold beverage and spectacular coastal views as you make your way back to the pier.
Sail into the wild blue yonder, aboard a 45-foot catamaran on an easy, breezy three hour adventure. Wear your bathing suit under your clothes and bring a towel and sunscreen, then meet your friendly crew and head out of the harbor under sail, steering south and west of Gustavia. Your destination is Pointe de Colombier, Salines Beach or Fork Island, depending on the sea conditions and winds. Once the captain has located the perfect spot, he'll drop anchor, and you'll have an hour of free time to enjoy the sun and water as you please. Do your best cannonball off the deck into the inviting waters, take a swim, or relax on the trampoline net with a good book in hand. Refreshing mineral water, soft drinks, beer and rum punch will be served by the attentive and helpful crew. On your return, enjoy views of the mega-yachts and glamorous resorts along the coastline.