Baie de St-Jean#1 in Best Things To Do in St. Barts
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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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#2 Anse des Flamands
Unless you're staying at a hotel on the northwest side of the island you may never see this beach, but travelers looking for a quieter (and wider) stretch of sand than the one found at St. Jean should make the effort to check it out. Luckily, it's only about 3 miles north of Gustavia. The beach offers a little palm-tree shade (rare on St. Barts' beaches) and is home to plenty of area eateries and facilities should you get hungry, thirsty or more. Those looking for some exercise can also try the semi-strenuous hike from the beach to the nearby dormant volcano that some believe formed St. Barts. But if you'd rather relax on the beach, that's fine too – recent visitors said this stretch of sand is ideal for those whose only desired activity is a leisurely stroll on the beach. Travelers can find the beach by taking the D209 or D210 toward the western part of the island. Recent visitors suggest securing a parking spot early in the day as spaces are limited.
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