St Barths is one of the most exclusive islands in the Caribbean offering a chic atmosphere with a wonderful French flavour. One of the best ways to see St Barths is to take a drive around this stunning island which is only 8 square miles and experience what the Top 5 Beaches in St Barths have to offer.
On a recent trip to the island I had the pleasure of enjoying an hour on every beach in St Barths, going to the beach is one of my favourite things to do in St Barts, and here are my top 5 recommended beaches as well as my own personal photos.
1. Saline Beach
My personal favourite beach in St Barth has to be Saline. It is one of the most beautiful powdery white sandy beaches on the island and you can swim safely here too. What I love most about the beach is the fact that you need to walk for a few minutes from the car park before you can reach the sand. It is a hidden gem where you pass wild goats and climb over a small hill and once you catch a glimpse of the green, blue and turquoise accents in the sea you will feel you have landed in paradise.
Top Tip: Bring a picnic and cooler with you for lunch as there is no beach bar and stop in Meat & Potatoes for dinner on the way home. Yum!
2. St Jean Beach
St Jean beach is the most famous beach on the island and we consider it to be one of the best Caribbean Beaches. The beach is the place to be in the high season where you can enjoy a swim in the wonderful turquoise waters. The beach is divided into two with Nikki beach on one side and St Jean on the other side.
Nikki beach is a great place to soak up the St Barths atmosphere and enjoy a cocktail or two.
In between these two glorious beaches you have the World Famous Eden Rock Hotel. Many of our St Barts villas come with complimentary access to the Eden Rock Hotel.
Top Tip: Have lunch in the Sand Bar at Eden Rock or for a more laid back atmosphere, enjoy lunch at La Plage restaurant and you can use the sun loungers here too. Enjoy some water-sports on the beach as it is one of the few beaches where you can rent hobie cats and kayaks. (This is also possible on Grand-Cul-De-Sac Beach)
3. Gouverneur Beach
If you ask anyone in St Barths what their favourite beach is they will most likely say Gouverneur. The beach is also a favourite of mine and many of our guests who stay in our villa rentals. The beach is calm and is one of the nicest to walk and jog on. Gouverneur is a beautiful beach to swim on and offers the most striking colours and tones from the sea.
Top Tip: You could spend the entire day here without realizing it. There is no beach bar or restaurant so I would advise you to bring some lunch. Also make sure you take sun screen with you as it can get very hot from midday to late afternoon. Villa Oto where I stayed offers the most stunning views of this beach.
4. Colombier Beach
Colombier is one of those hidden treasure of St Barths. The beach can only be accessed by foot on a 20 minute hiking trail or by boat. Many boats moor here and swim to shore to enjoy this fantastic beach. The beach is quiet and although it doesn’t have a huge amount of sand the beach does have really calm waters and is crystal clear to swim in. It is nice to come here for a few hours and enjoy the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.
Top Tip: Go by boat for a totally amazing experience and you will see some tortoise too !
If you go by foot it is equally beautiful but take the easy route by walking from the Flamands side. You can park close to the entrance to the trail. Be sure to bring your trainers as it’s a little rocky in parts. Also take a cooler and picnic as it’s a 20 minute walk back if you get thirsty.
5. Flamands Beach
Flamands beach is one of the most popular in St Barths and rightly so. The beach offers wonderful white powdery sand between your toes and is a wonderful beach for a walk or jog. The beach can be rough and it is not advised to swim here especially in the winter months although some do. The views from the Isle de France are simply stunning and a lunch or a visit to the spa here is not to be missed.
Top Tip: The waves can be rough on Flamands beach in the winter time and it is not always safe for to swim here, especially for children. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the Isle De France Hotel while admiring the views.
Read more about St Barts in our Ultimate St Barts Travel Guide.
Exceptional Villas has a wonderful selection of villa rentals and beach front villas in St Barths. Click here to contact us for further details.
St Barts Beaches: The Top 5
- Saline Beach
- St Jean Beach
- Gouverneur Beach
- Colombier Beach
- Flamands Beach
About Linda Browne
Linda is the General Manager for Exceptional Villas and has an in-depth knowledge of the travel industry. Linda's qualifications are in the area of business, marketing and tourism. Linda travels for much of the year inspecting all of our luxury villas; the majority of her time is spent in the Caribbean and Europe.