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.

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0.94 MILES

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2. Plage de Lorient

1.36 MILES

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…

3. Plage de Saline

1.94 MILES

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4. Plage de St Jean

2.32 MILES

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5. Plage de Gouverneur


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6. St Bartholomew's Anglican Church

3.14 MILES

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7. Shell Beach

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8. Fort Gustave

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