If you are considering yacht charters for popular destinations, then St Barthelemy, or St Barth, has to be top of your list. This is where the rich and famous go, and for good reason. Sure, it is not as green as Martinique or Guadeloupe, but its exclusive, luxury feel, and stunning secluded beaches, by far makes up for that.
What Makes St Barth so Special?
St Barth is perhaps best compared to St Tropez. The difference is, however, that it doesn’t attract mass tourism, because it has stringent building regulations. All you can do here is shop, sun bathe, eat, and drink. It is a true paradise for those who can afford it.
Its location, in between the Virgin Islands and Antigua, makes it a particularly popular yachting destination. If you have a chance of being here with New Year, you will really be able to feast your eyes on some of the world’s most beautiful superyachts.
Interestingly, the geography of St Barth made it impossible to grow sugar cane here, which means it was never home to slaves either. Hence, it was settled around 300 years ago by Bretons and Normans, and people continue to be direct descendants of them. They quickly understood that this was an island to attract special people only, with its 22 beaches and other areas of natural beauty. In 1996, the Marine Park was opened, enabling people to access the island with more ease, while at the same time giving them the opportunity to enjoy the underwater world.
In order to become one of the most popular yachting destinations in the world, St Barth organized a number of yachting events. These include:
- The International Regatta.
- St Barth’s Cup
- Barth’s Regatta
- Barth’s Bucket Regatta
Going to St Barth also means going to the beaches, be that by hiring a 4×4 car or by yachting there. There are 22 beaches, each of which has its own unique personality. The most popular ones are:
- Anse des Flamands
- Baie de St.-Jean
- Anse de Lorient
- Shell Beach
- Anse de Colombier
- Anse de Grande Saline
- Anse du Gouverneur
- Anse de Grand Cul de Sac
One of the things that you can also do, either from the beaches or from your own yacht, is enjoy the marine life the St Barth has to offer. Snorkeling and scuba diving are fantastic ways to pass the time. You can see a variety of different fish, as well as crabs, shrimp, and lobster. Plus, there are small caves, ship wrecks, and coral canyons to enjoy for the deep-sea diver.
If you are considering chartering a yacht, but you are unsure about your destination, then you should really consider St Barth. It is about more than being able to rub shoulders with the likes of Johnny Depp and Simon Cowell. It simply is an absolutely beautiful gem of the Caribbean that is not to be missed.