St Barths and St Martin are two overseas collectivities of the French West Indies, the territories under French sovereignty in the Caribbean Antilles.
With a total land area of 21 square kilometres, the volcanic island of St Barts is one of the most unusual of the French West Indies. It has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean complemented by lush rolling hills and charming villages. A favourite retreat for the rich and famous, St Barts is renowned for its quiet and scenic beauty, chic boutiques and fabulous French cuisine.
The bustling island of St Martin/Saint Maarten is situated 25 miles to the northwest of St Barts. The north side of the island, St Martin, captures the essence of the French Caribbean with its open markets, French bakeries and seaside cafes.
There is a quieter appeal to St Martin as well, which can be found in the 3060-hectare National Nature Reserve. Whether on a private yacht or enjoying a l uxury yacht charter in the Caribbean both islands have plenty to offer.
Day 1 - Gustavia to Colombier via St Jean
St Barts’ capital Gustavia owes its name to the brief time the island was in Swedish hands, rather than French, and this is a great place to shop before you head to more remote shores. Heading round to the windward side of the island the wide bay at St Jean is protected by a reef and is an ideal place for kite-or wind-surfing.
The fine white sand beach is overlooked by the island’s well-known first hotel Eden Rock. Anchoring is only possible when weather permits, so head to Colombier for safe overnight anchorage.