Beyond its serene white-sand beaches, unique French-Caribbean cultural fusion and luxury lifestyle that is famed as a quintessential example of indulgence and glamour, the natural territory of St Barts has an amazing variety of wildlife lying in store. Beyond its indulgent rhythms, this pearly island gem provides you with the opportunity to discover the breadth and beauty of the natural world, whether you look to the sea, sky, or rolling green hills that fill the majority of the island’s territory.
When taking a vacation in an island that is known for its natural diversity, it only follows that appreciating these delights is most fulfilling when operating from a base that is immersed in a peaceful, secluded natural location. With villas located across St Barts, including Gustavia, Grand Cul-de-Sac and Saint Jean, allow Rental Escapes to provide you with a tailored Caribbean vacation that sends you into a natural paradise.
Slipping Beneath the Waves
For many, a trip to the Caribbean offers the perfect opportunity for indulging in many hours of snorkelling, and St Barts is no exception when it comes to the biodiversity of its marine life. Reached by a 25-minute hike or by boat, the snorkelling at Colombier Beach is a short journey away and was recently cited by a travel specialist on St Barths as one of the best spots for snorkelling in the Caribbean. Here, you can expect to see a huge variety of fish, starfish, and even green turtles and loggerhead turtles if you head for the right side of the bay. A variety of coral also lies in wait, including fire coral and the curious outline of Brain Coral. For those who are keen to immerse in a vacation that lives through appreciating the ocean’s wonders, a villa rental in Colombier can be a perfect choice for embracing this picturesque corner of the island.
For a little more sense of adventure when it comes to exploring the life populating St Barts’ waters, excursions can prove very fruitful for marine wildlife enthusiasts; a trip to the inviting blue depths will send you into a whole different world. Enjoy sights of sea urchins, lionfish, eagle rays, stingrays, angelfish, and even some sharks in deeper waters. Back on the island’s shores, you may even spot humpback whales as they flock to the island’s waters to give birth. A trip to the St Barth Natural Marine Reserve also makes for a great experience in the natural ocean wilderness to be found in the island’s territory.
Look to the Heavens
Perhaps one of the cornerstones of St Barts’ wildlife offerings lies in the trees and skies above, with around eighty species of birds being recorded on the island. Amongst the more common species for the region such as the royal tern, the brown pelican and the laughing gull, those with a keen eye may manage to spot the Antillean crested hummingbird or the Great Blue Heron. Perhaps one of the best experiences that can play a part of a vacation in the Caribbean can be to spot an exotic bird as it sails above you, often as you float in the calm waters. As a pelican lands some thirty feet from you, you really feel as if you have aligned your rhythms with those of the natural world, and are living within this natural ecological system that is impressively self-sufficient.
Although the wildlife roaming the land territories of St Barts are slightly more limited than in the ocean or in the sky, it’s still worth keeping an eye open for the Lesser Antillean Iguana, whose stately presence populates many of the island’s green hills. With villas that allow you a perfect immersion in secluded natural corners within your own private haven, allow Rental Escapes to apply their knowledge and expertise to shaping a getaway that illustrates the island’s wonderful biodiversity, bringing you a luxury villa vacation in St Barts that honours the natural splendor of this unique Caribbean destination.