CapitalGustavia AirportSt Jean CurrencyEuros (£1= 1.24 Euros), US$ also accepted Size21 sq kms Populationapprox. 7,000 Average temperatureabout 27 degrees centigrade. St-Barth has two seasons: the caréme, the dry season; and the hivernage, the hurricane ¬season from July to November, when heavier rains are expected.
Anse de Colombier in the far west of the island is a stunning, powdery white beach, while Anse de Gouverneur is a little more rugged, but no less beautiful; the fort-flanked capital Gustavia is a super chic spot for some window-shopping and strolls along the marina, with superb restaurants for all budgets and tastebuds; perhaps the best restaurants in the Caribbean; super chic beach shacks, such as Sand Bar and Nikki Beach on St Jean beach; collecting shells on Grande Chalet, otherwise known as ‘Shell Beach’; the village of Corossol, like something out of 19th century Brittany; January music festival; people-watching at Le Select bar in Gustavia; sculpture galleries in Gustavia.
There is no bus service on St-Barths, and taxis are pricey, so hiring a car is by far the best option. Roads are very steep on St Barts, so if you are hiring a car – which is a great way to see the island – a 4x4 jeep is recommended. There is an excellent ferry service between St-Barthélemy and St-Martin, with a journey time from 40 to 90 minutes, depending on the craft.
Access to St Barts is via Antigua. Flying time London to Antigua is approximately 8 hours. British Airways and Virgin have direct flights to Antigua. BMI flies from Manchester. You can also fly daily with Air France via Paris and St Martin. Flying time Paris to St Martin is about 9 hours. Then there is an onward flight of about 10 minutes to St Barts.
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