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Beaches, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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You have to seriously want privacy to visit this remote beach, which hides at the bottom of a steep, cacti-lined hike down from the main road along St. Barthélemy's northwest tip. However, many vacationers do say the effort is worth it, as the rock formations, calm waters and stunning views are what the island is known for. The beach is well loved by locals who want to stay away from the crowds in Gustavia and Baie de St-Jean. If you're boating, the natural gulf along the beach is a perfect place to dock. Travelers should note there aren't many conveniences near the trails so bring a snack and water, and don't forget your sunscreen! 

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#1 Baie de St-Jean

Perhaps it’s the brilliant aquamarine water or the glamorous sunbathers, but the Baie de St-Jean (or the Bay of St. Jean) could make you swear that you were basking on the French Riviera. This idyllic stretch is also a preferred spot for windsurfing or snorkeling (the reef-protected waters here are generally calm), and you'll find a few cute boutiques and bistros nearby for when you need a break from the water.

Some reviewers noted that it's also the most visited beach on the island, but grabbing a spot on the sand early will ensure you a prime people-watching position. It's also located right in front of St. Barts' small airport so you'll get an up-close view of the flights taking off and landing. Best of all, St-Jean is fairly easy to find. If St. Barts is shaped like an elbow, then imagine this beautiful beach located in the crook. Those looking for a more peaceful spot should look on the south side of Eden Rock, which separates the beach into two parts. 

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