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.

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Nearby St-Barthélemy attractions

1. St Bartholomew's Anglican Church

0.89 MILES

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…

2. Fort Gustave

0.94 MILES

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…

3. Plage de Lorient

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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…

4. Wall House Museum

1.01 MILES

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,…

5. Le P’tit Collectionneur

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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…

6. Shell Beach

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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…

7. Plage de Gouverneur

1.29 MILES

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…

8. Plage de Saline

1.51 MILES

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…