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St- Jean is one of the most popular beaches on St Barths. It actually comprises of two beaches divided in the middle by the famous and stunning Eden Rock Hotel. St Jean is also home to Nikki beach. It is a spectacular beach with pure white sands and calm waters which are perfect for snorkelling. This is home to the famous Eden Rock Hotel and Nikki Beach.
Saint Jean is second in size to the Capital of Gustavia and is also the only other sizeable town in St Barths. St Jean sits on the Island’s North Shore on Baie de St-Jean just over the hill from Gustavia. The small airport of St Barths lies at one end of St Jean and it is always fascinating to watch the tiny planes coming into land over a steep hill and down onto the very short runway. As well as the beautiful Eden Rock Hotel, there are several other nice restaurants and bars along St Jean Beach. Behind the beach, just a couple of minutes walk from Villa Nina, is the small town where there are two rows of very chic shops and some restaurants and bars.
The main restaurant at the Eden Rock is also worth a mention. Aptly named On The Rocks, it has a beautiful atmosphere under the stars matched by with fabulous internationally inspired cuisine by the world famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
St Barths is a stunning volcanic mass of 8 square miles. St Barths has a wonderful French flavour combined with the unique warmth and friendliness of the Caribbean. It offers an incredible level of sophistication and stunningly beautiful beaches and landscapes. You will feel you have landed in paradise when you arrive at Gustave III Airport. St Barths or St Barth in French is truly one of the most naturally beautiful, peaceful and safe Islands in the world.
St Barths is part of the French West Indies and is one of the most chic and glamorous destinations in the world. It is also one of the safest places in the world with virtually no crime at all. One of the few places where you can leave your car open with your bag inside and it will still be there when you return. Some of the most stylish and wealthy people in the world have homes in St Barths and it attracts many celebrities. The island is full of incredible restaurants, designer shopping, trendy bars and wonderful gourmet restaurants. It is incredibly glamorous especially in the Capital Gustavia which is set against a back drop of luxury yachts and designer boutiques but there is also a wonderful down to earth side of the Island with its surprisingly dramatic and beautiful terrain, ranging from rocky peaks to picturesque coves, stunning white sandy beaches and crystal clear, warm turquoise waters. St Barths is also appealing because of what it lacks. There are no casinos, no golf courses, no major airport, no high rise hotels, no waterslides and no man made attractions. It is a rare and resilient beauty. It is a true paradise.
Covering just eight square miles, St Barths is one of the oldest volcanic islands in the Lesser Antilles. It was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to the New World. He re-named the island in honour of his brother, Bartholoméo. Development in St Barths has been so carefully controlled. It is not over developed with its growth being severely controlled. Preserving the natural beauty of the island has been a major priority so you'll find restored buildings that hark back to its days as a free port under Swedish rule and traditional Caribbean colonial-style houses, some brightly painted others white and cool behind their slatted shutters. St Barths also has a wonderful and diverse range of animals and birds, including iguanas, turtles, pelicans - the island's mascot - and the little hummingbirds, as well as quaint fishing villages, lagoons, forts and picturesque churches.
An amazing number of restaurants in lovely settings dot the island and the food is almost always exceptional. St. Barth is truly a paradise for gourmets and foodies alike. St Barths has over 80 restaurants that range from gastronomique fine dining in the best hotels to sidewalk cafes and feet-in-the-sand beachside grilles. Food ranges from traditional French to West Indian flavour. You will even find some of the best Italian food on the planet in St Barths. With provisions flown in from Paris every day, and often paired with local seafood, dining here is considered to be the best in the Caribbean, and rivals any city in the world.
There are fourteen beaches on St. Barths, all blessed with gleaming white sand. Few are crowded, even in peak season. All are public and free and each has a distinct personality. All of the beaches are beautiful and many have steep sided bays with soft white sand descending gently into the beautiful turquoise water. Although nudity is officially banned going topless is common.
St Barths is the best place in the Caribbean for luxury tax free shopping. It boasts the crème de la cr��me of international designer labels.