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ST. BARTH CONNECTION

Bienvenue a St Barth!

We explore each blue, trendy and secret corner of this paradise and present on this platform a curatorship with everything you need to know to enjoy your trip with an exclusive and differentiated content about culture, lifestyle and behavior.

St Barth Connection seeks to be as complete as possible, with all the information, contacts and details that are relevant to your experience in this wonderful destination. However, it is strongly recommended that services such as flight tickets, accommodation, car rental, amongst others are made directly through your travel agency or one of one of the Recommended Virtuoso Agencies that have the necessary knowhow to make you experience an unforgettable journey.

In this area we provide all important data and practical information of your destination, such as the description of the island, how to get there, visa procedures, type of socket, Wi-Fi and even providing a special map.

Browse through YOUR TRIP to get to know accommodation, car rental and gastronomic tour options. And to get tips from those who really knows St. Barth visit INSIDER TIPS. Enjoy!

Jordana Gheler, founding partner

 

THE DESTINATION

The French Caribbean island of Saint-Barthélémy, worldwide known as St. Barth has lately turned into a celebrity and fashionistas’ playground, a place for those who want distance from the flashes, go out day and night without a bodyguard to relax in a low-profile mode with a five-star service. Marc Jacobs is used to showing off his muscles under the sun;

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Destino

HISTORY

Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1493 and the Spanish crown claimed it. It had an indigenous name, Oanalao but Columbus changed it to St. Barthélemy in honor to his brother. Taken by the French and colonized in the mid XVIIth century, the island suffered many years of war uncertainty, piracy and conflicts with the native tribes.

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Historia

ST. BARTH CALENDAR

THE BEST
TIME OF THE YEAR
TO VISIT

From November to August, the island is busy. Some weeks with a more intense flow, according to the schedule of events. The trendiest seasons are during the events “Taste of St. Barth” (November), Réveillon (December and January), Carnaval (February), “Bucket Week” (March), “Les Voiles de St Barth” (April), “Summer Camp” (July), “Summer Sessions” and “Family Music Festival” (both happen in august).

WHEN TO
AVOID
THE ISLAND

In September and October, part of the facilities close. That is when the island’s inhabitants take time off.

HOW MANY DAYS
SHOULD I STAY
IN THE ISLAND?

St. Barth has many activities, beaches, stores and restaurants to enjoy. The recommended minimum stay for you to be familiar and fall in love with the island is seven days. If you are willing to rest a little, 15 days will be more than enough. However, if you want the full experience, rent a villa and spend the whole month – you will always have what to do in St. Barth.

AVERAGE
SPEND
PER DAY

This is one of the most commonly asked questions and obviously, there are no rules on that matter. However, if you want to enjoy a cool stay, we suggest at least €500 a day - car, lunch and dinner included. Add to this value your hotel or villa’s daily rate. In YOUR TRIP we show a range of interesting options to you.

HOW TO ARRIVE BY PRIVATE AIRPLANE

St. Barth does not allow private jets. We strongly recommend parking in Anguilla, one of the neighbor islands. Lloyds Aviation is the manager of the modern parking lot, and it offers an outstanding service. To book your landing, email info@lloyd-aviation.com.

It takes only 15 minutes to fly from Anguilla to St. Barth and you can make the reservation through Anguilla Air Service - send Nanette an email info@anguillaairservices.com, or click here.

HOW TO ARRIVE BY A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT

FROM SAN JUAN

FROM ST MAARTEN

ANIMALS’ ENTRY

ANIMALS’ ENTRY
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PARTICULARITIES

PARTICULARITIES
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LÍNGUA

LANGUAGE

French is the official language in St. Barth, but everyone also speaks English to facilitate the communication with the tourists. However, other traditional languages are still popular between the natives such as French patois and Creole. In addition, there are still some variations - for example, the accent can change from neighborhood to neighborhood.

CLIMA

WEATHER

Almost 94% of the 365 days of the years are sunny in St. Barth. The weather from November to April varies between 27 ºC and 31 ºC and the mix of abundant sunshine with cool breeze coming from the sea, is absolutely pleasant. From May, temperatures reach 35 ºC and it rains more frequently.

HORA LOCAL

LOCAL TIME

Saint-Barthélemy keeps the same time as the rest of the Caribbean (to calculate the proper time in Saint Barth, add or subtract from the local time in your country):

  • France -6 hours
  • North America (East Coast) +1 hour (no difference during Daylight Savings Time)
  • Japan -13 hours
  • Australia -14 hours
  • Africa -5 hours
  • Russia -8 hours
MOEDA

CURRENCY AND ATMS

During many years, the French franc was the island’s official currency, as well as the American dollar, which was essential to do business with St. Thomas, for example, where many residents had family. In 2001, St. Barth and almost all Europe converted to Euro. The US dollar is still the second currency of the island.

You find ATMs:
- Across the street from the airport, at the Galeries du Commerce
- In Gustavia
- In St. Jean (at the supermarket Marché U)

TELEFONE

TELEPHONE

To call St. Barthélémy from Europe: 33 590 590 + (six digit number)
From the USA: 011 590 590 + (six digit number)

CELULAR

MOBILE

There are two mobile operators in St. Barth, Orange and Digicel. If you need, you can buy a local chip or a prepaid phone and use it during the trip, although the American and European carriers work well on the island.

WI-FI

Wi-Fi HOTSPOTS AND CYBER-CAFÉS

Most of the island’s restaurants and establishments have Wi-Fi available for all the costumers. Capitanerie, the port offices in the center also offers Wi-Fi to all the passengers of the boats anchored in the port of Gustavia. The signal is generally good, although it can oscillate on rainy days.

TAXAS DE TURISMO

TOURISM FEE

There is no fee to get in or out the island.

ELETRICIDADE

ELECTRICITY AND PLUGS

Electricity is 220V and 60Hz for the whole island. However, most of the hotels and villas use transformers to supply 110V power.

And the type of socket is the one illustrated in the picture

PRESERVING AND TAKING CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

WATER

There are no rivers or freshwater sources in St. Barth so the rainwater collected in cisterns are very useful during the times of drought. Besides, the island can easily desalinate the ocean water and provide piped water to most of the houses, but it is too expensive. This means that water is still a super valuable resource and each person should use it wisely, moderately and without any waste.

NATURAL
RESERVE

The St. Barth natural reserve embraces 1,200 hectares that breaks into five areas that covers the entire territory. The natural reserve protects the island’s distinguished nature environments and its history. There is a particular interest to the protected areas because they have a wide variety of plants and animals. The reserve also counts with distinguished subaquatic environments, such as seagrass beds and coral reefs, which are the habitat of many species, including endangered animals such as sea turtles. The kids from St. Barth learn early to take care of nature.

CAREFULNESS WITH
THE TURTLES

It is common to see a turtle crossing the island during a walk. Park your car and help it cross! Be nice.

WHALES

If you are lucky enough to see one or more whales during your stay on the island, call the Natural Reserve of Saint Bartholomew - +590690317073, - or inform the concierge of your hotel or villa. Try to get as much information as possible like location and direction because you will be consequently supporting the protection of whales and the scientific study of the sanctuary of marine mammals of which St. Barth is now part. And we will be thankful.

The Island

BEACHES

LOCATIONS