Must see attractions in St-Barthélemy

  • Top ChoiceSights in St-Barthélemy

    Plage de Colombier

    This is the tropical paradise you've daydreamed about: a dazzling, secluded white-sand carpet lapped by turquoise waters and backed by undulating hills. The bay is ideal for swimming and snorkeling around the coral reef on the northeast side of the beach, but can only be reached by boat or on foot.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Anse de Grande Saline

    Plage de Saline

    Secluded Plage de Saline is the most photogenic and serene of all St-Barth's beaches. Bookended by rocky hillside, this sweep of golden sand is ideal for working on your tan and frolicking in the crashing surf, but be aware that there's neither shade nor facilities. From the car park, it's a 200m walk through the scrub and over the dunes. Like many of St-Barth's more remote beaches, it's a favorite spot with nudists.

  • Sights in Grand Cul-de-Sac & Pointe Milou

    Plage de Grand Cul-de-Sac

    Count the shades of blue and turquoise while chilling on the gleaming sands of this dreamy lagoon, where you can wade through knee- or thigh-deep water pretty much all the way to a protective reef (snorkeling spot!), making it an ideal spot for families with small children. Sea-turtle sightings are pretty much guaranteed on the cove's western end in front of the Sereno hotel.

  • Top ChoiceSights in St-Barthélemy

    Plage de Gouverneur

    Cradled by high cliffs and untouched nature, Gouverneur is a gorgeous, broad, secluded sandy beach fringing a U-shaped bay. It’s splendid for sunbathing and for picnics. The lack of visitors – even in high season – means beachgoers often sunbathe au naturel. It's at the end of a steep road – watch for turtle crossings!

  • Sights in Flamands

    Plage des Flamands

    The widest beach on the island, Flamands' clear waters seduce beachgoers and surfers when the swell's up. Most of its shadeless sweep is backed by private houses along with a couple of hotels toward the eastern end with bars, sun loungers and umbrellas for paying customers. While much of the village is still undergoing major post-Irma reconstruction, many of the laneways leading to the beach remain closed. For now, the main access is at the western end.

  • Sights in Gustavia

    Shell Beach

    In case you're tired of getting powdery-white sand everywhere, take the five-minute saunter from the harbor to this midsize beach awash with tiny crunched seashells. Although the water gets deep quickly, it's generally calm, making it ideal for swimmers and snorkelers (bring your own gear). Daredevils can jump off nearby cliffs and casual-fancy Shellona Beach restaurant provides sustenance.

  • Sights in Lorient

    Plage de Lorient

    With calm waters at its eastern end and gentle surf at the western end, this coral-reef-cradled curve of golden sand is one of St-Barth's most family-friendly beaches. The reef is ideal for snorkeling amid friendly barracuda, sea turtles and rays. The nearest place to rent surfboards and snorkeling gear is Hookipa in St-Jean.

  • Sights in St-Jean

    Plage de St Jean

    St Jean's beach is separated by the Eden Rock hotel. The western section is a fairly narrow strip right below the tiny airport, making it a favorite among plane-spotters. This is also the more active side, good for windsurfing and other sea-toy-based pursuits. Swimmers and snorkelers, meanwhile, gravitate to the eastern side.

  • Sights in Gustavia

    St Bartholomew's Anglican Church

    Completed in 1855 from French bricks and limestone, local stone and Sint Eustatius volcanic black rock, white-painted St Bartholomew's has an open-sided design with original pine pews and louvered shutters that let in celestial rays of light. Sunday services (9am to 10am) are held in English; it also hosts concerts in April and November by renowned local choir La Chorale de Bons Choeurs, which regularly rehearses here.

  • Sights in Gustavia

    Fort Gustave

    Built in 1787 by the Swedish as one of three forts to protect the harbor, this site today has the remains of a vaguely bottle-shaped lighthouse along with vestiges of a stone guardhouse, cisterns and four cannon, including two on loan from a Swedish maritime museum. The main reason to make the trek up here though is for the panoramic view of Gustavia and the harbor. A plaque points out local sights and landmarks.

  • Sights in Gustavia

    Wall House Museum

    An imposing stone building from the Swedish period at the tip of the peninsula houses a modest collection of oil lamps, period furniture, farming tools, fishing boats and other relics of yesteryear that sadly reveals little of importance about St-Barth's history. Upstairs is the historical library and in the courtyard you'll find the remains of a brick-made bread oven.

  • Sights in St-Barthélemy

    Plage de Toiny

    Not suitable for swimming due to hefty currents, Toiny enjoys a stellar reputation among surfers thanks to its exposed reef break and fairly consistent waves. You'll rarely have crowds to deal with but be aware of coral and rocks.

  • Sights in Gustavia

    Le P’tit Collectionneur

    A diverse array of objects ranging from oil lamps, old nautical equipment and model ships to 18th‑century British smoking pipes and the island’s first phonograph tell the story of St-Barth’s colorful history at this small but absorbing museum.