Everything you need to know about St Barts

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St Barts – or Saint-BarthΓ©lemy officially – is a French island located in the Caribbean. It is renowned for being a playground of the rich and famous and has a reputation as being the most elite destination in the region, as well as one of the premier holiday destinations in the world.

So with all that in mind, I was understandably excited to arrive in St Barts for a 10 day holiday during August. I’ve learned first hand the ins and outs of the island after checking in and out of all the best hotels, taking day excursions, and speaking with many French locals to uncover the inside scoop on everything that is St Barts.


What You Need to Know about St Barts

Getting In

There are two ways to arrive on the island: by a small prop airplane (preferable) or by ferry/luxury yacht should you have one of those. The small prop airplane will be a short 10 minute flight from St Martin where all international flights arrive into.

The plane lands at a thin strip of runway, leading some to be wary of arriving this way. However there is a 100% safety record and the pilots are highly skilled, plus it’s also a much more attractive way to arrive than by ferry.

Winair offers 22-28 daily flights SXM-SBH-SXM in season using Twin engine DHC-6 AC with twin engines and two pilots, so this is the best and fastest way to arrive!

Getting Around

Nearly all visitors to St Barts hire a rental car as this is the best way of getting around the island and also very inexpensive. Should you not wish to do so, almost all of the hotels offer a round-trip airport pickup and delivery service free of charge, however you will find it difficult to leave the hotel beyond that as taxis are few and far between – though it is possible.

The People

Nearly the entire population of the island is of European ancestry as the island is a collectivity of France. Thus the official language is French, although you will find most people speak good English.

View more from St Barthelemy on Instagram: @worldwanderlust

View more from St Barthelemy on Instagram: @worldwanderlust

Must See

The capital city of Gustavia is a highlight, as well as the various beaches (each with their unique appeal), great restaurants, nightlife, and luxury spas.

If you’re looking for a day activity, look no further than Jicky Marine Catamaran Tours for a fun day outing. Guests can enjoy a group day sailing or charter the boat for a private outing.


The Euro is the official currency, however US dollars are widely accepted. Costs are typically high as this is one of the world’s premier luxury tourism destinations – although prices plummet during the summer season. Peak season is during Christmas/New Years when prices sky rocket and mega-yachts come to town. Every day items are also much more expensive as everything to the island is imported.


There are 6 very exclusive resorts on the island – Eden Rock, Isle de France, Le Toiny, Guanahani, Le Sereno and Hotel Christopher. Luxury villa rentals are also another popular choice.

Local Customs

St Barts is incredibly safe and very little to no crime occurs on the island so it is safe to leave your car and house unlocked – as many locals do! Be sure to stick to normal French customs – a polite “Bonjour” is mandatory! Also honking your horn is considered extremely rude and no one does so on the island.

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World of Wanderlust recommends booking your St Barts trip through Ultimate Jet Vacations who arranged this tour! There are no extra fees and they’re the most knowledgeable experts in the caribbean – safe travels, au revoir!

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    Clipping Path
    July 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the follow up explanation about St Barts.

    February 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

    What a beautiful place! Its looks very calm and kind of sexy. I am planning a trip to St. Maarten and then take the ferry to St. Barths and spend a couple of days. St. Thomas is another beautiful place and have a Ferry too, that can get you to St John and Tortola that have very pretty beaches with clear water. If you want to know more about the Caribbean, please visit my blog and read my latest post. πŸ™‚

    Packing my Suitcase
    January 14, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    How cool!! I never knew St. Barts’ official currency was Euro.
    Love your post, I would love to visit this wonderful place someday! πŸ˜‰
    Happy travels to you!

    August 14, 2014 at 6:14 am

    That island has actually been Swedish once (before we sold it to France). Still there are names on cities and streets that sounds Swedish πŸ˜‰

    August 14, 2014 at 4:09 am

    it must have been fun for you to be there in an exclusive place like that

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    August 13, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Hope you had a nice relaxing time! And the food, is mostly French cuisine?

    • worldofwanderlust
      August 14, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Yes it is very very French! Which is great for me as French food is my fave πŸ™‚

    Anne Reynolds
    August 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Ahhhh, this is where my husband I took our honeymoon more than 20 years ago. Seeing your post today brought it all back, what a wonderful vacation that was! The food was delightful, and my favorite memory was a sailboat trip to St. Martin with a woman who spoke only French (which we spoke little of) and she was absolutely determined to try to talk with us. I hope to go back soon!

    Lisa - Wee Wanders
    August 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Looks beautiful…I’d love to visit the Caribbean one day after a lot of penny saving!

    Clipping Path Outsource
    August 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Total post with the need matter ! amazing .

    August 13, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Looks beautiful!

    August 13, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    It’s fascinating me that the entire population of the island is of European ancestry as the island is a collectivity of France – although this island is located in the Carribean πŸ™‚

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Best holiday destinations
    August 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Such a amazing place for visit. I will surely plan to visit this upcoming vacations.thanks for posting nice views.

    August 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I have been to quite a few islands in the Caribbean, but not St Barts… After your incredible instagram pictures, It is definitely in my bucket list now!

    Betty J. Ogburn
    August 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    …I looks heavenly–hope you’ve enjoyed your vacay!!

    Betty J. Ogburn (The Pumpkin’s Head)