St. Barts, or St. Barthelemy, is one of the world’s most beautiful luxury vacation destinations. The volcanic island is located in the French West Indies and is part of the Lesser Antilles, which are located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea. The island was named by Christopher Columbus after his brother, and was settled by the French in the mid-17th century, but was previously inhabited by the Indigenous Arawak people. With an area of roughly 25 square kilometres, St. Barts is small, but what it lacks in size, it makes up in stunning beaches, striking tropical flora, diverse and delicious cuisine, and unparalleled opportunities to unwind.
St. Barts is well-known for its beautiful beaches, making it the ideal vacation locale for those looking for sun, sand, and surf. While St. Barts is relatively arid, making it difficult to cultivate and grow food on the island, it has a robust food-importing infrastructure, which supplies the more than 70 incredible restaurants that call the island home. You’ll find world-spanning cuisine here, including French, Creole, and West Indian cuisine, as well as sparkling nightlife.
For the athletically inclined, St. Barts is heaven for water sport enthusiasts, with kitesurfing and deep-sea fishing among the activities enjoyed on the island. It’s also a prime destination for yachters. Nature-lovers will enjoy the opportunity to spot whales and dolphins off the island’s coast, and sea turtles, tortoises, and a diverse array of seabirds also make the island home.
There are a number of types of vacation rentals in St. Barts that will appeal to every kind of vacation-seeker, whether you’re booking a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or a group getaway.
St. Barts is an excellent destination for families, with a number of sports and outdoor activities to enjoy, as well as plenty of opportunities to share enriching downtime in the comfort of your own luxurious, private villa. These three villas are ideal for families (of any size!).
These St. Barts villas are perfect for honeymooners, or any couples looking for a romantic, luxurious stay on the island:
Get the most out of the beaches of St. Barts by renting a villa right by the sea.
Many villas in St. Barts are staffed, offering the chance for a truly worry-free vacation.
A valid passport and proof of onward transportation are necessary for entering St. Barts. A visa is necessary for visits of longer than 90 days.
The most convenient way of travelling to St. Barts is by flight to Princess Juliana Airport, on nearby St. Maarten. Connecting flights From St. Maarten take around 15 minutes, while boat journeys take around 40 minutes.
There is no public transportation on St. Barts. Taxis, which are affordable, since most everything on the island is very close together, are a convenient choice for transportation. Rental cars are available from most major agencies, such as Budget and Avis.
The best time to visit St. Barts is between April and December, during the off-season.
Surfing: St. Barts is an excellent surfing destination, with Lorient, Toiny, Pointe Milou and Washing Machine among the best beaches for hanging ten.
Swimming: This almost goes without saying! Taking a dip in the sea off St. Barts is a must-do, no matter which beach your villa is located nearby.
Kitesurfing: The sea breezes of St. Barts make it an excellent destination for kitesurfers. Lessons can be booked at the Kite in St. Barth kitesurfing school.
Boating and sailing: Boats of various sizes can be rented around the island, and there are a number of options for amateur to expert sailors, as well.
Snorkelling and diving: Get underwater and check out the reefs and marine life below the surface. Festivals: From Mardi Gras to regattas; from calypso festivals to film fests, St. Barts is host to many exciting events and celebrations year-round.
If you like it, it’s probably here: St. Barts has more than 70 restaurants offering cuisines from around the world. French, Creole and West Indian food is particularly popular, but you’ll also find pizza places, incredible bakeries, and upscale steakhouses. Most restaurants place an emphasis on seafood. Most food in St. Barths is imported, and the island has several grocery stores and other food shops where you can stock up your villa.
The weather is warm in St. Barts, with an average temperature between 25 °C and 32 °C. The rainy season takes place between May and November.
When you book your St. Barts Villa with Rental Escapes, our Personal Concierge team will work with you to fill your days with the perfect balance of relaxation, excitement and entertainment. Along with our partners on the ground at your destination, we’ll coordinate all the logistics of your arrival, your return home and everything in between. In addition, we’re available to make recommendations on things to see and do, places to eat, and anything else you may want or need while enjoying your stay.