About St Barts | Luxury Villa Rental
St Barts, St Barths, Saint Barthélemy. However you say it, this island spells exclusivity, luxury and truly outstanding private villas. This volcanic rock of just six miles long is home to an eclectic mix of flora and fauna, stunning scenery and fabulous beaches as well as luxury yachts and some of the best shopping in the Caribbean… It is certainly the most unusual of the French West Indies islands, which also include Guadeloupe and Martinique.
St Barts has never been overrun by mass tourism meaning that the natural beauty can remain in isolation for guests to enjoy. This also means that the island is completely free of security fears, you feel incredibly safe while navigating the hotspots, day or night. A villa makes sense here as there is so much to explore, and guests find the island intriguing and exciting.
Where is St Barts? St Barts is part of the French West Indies, close to St Maarten and St Kitts. Being just 25km squared, this small, reefy island boasts some of the most beautiful, natural coastlines in the Caribbean. Rugged cliff faces, tranquil azure waters, lush forests and arid peaks all make up this favourite haunt of the rich and famous.
FACTS ABOUT ST BARTS...
- VISAS + ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ST BARTS
A valid passport is required to enter St. Bart's (as opposed to a certified copy of a birth certificate and a photo id). A visa is not required for US citizens until you plan to stay for more than 30 days. NO visa needed for citizens of the European Union, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Israel. However, the passport must be valid and not expire for at least three months from the date of entry to the territory of St Barthélemy.
- DEPARTURE TAX FROM ST BARTS
Via Ferry: US$15 No flight departure tax if travelling via St Martin.
- ST BARTS LANGUAGE
The official language of Saint Barthélemy is French. English is also widely spoken to facilitate communication with tourists.
- LOCAL TIME IN ST BARTS
Saint-Barthélemy keeps the same time as the rest of the Caribbean. +1 hour from North America, - 5 hours from the UK.
- GETTING AROUND IN ST BARTS
Car rentals are recommended when visiting St Barts. It is possible to schedule taxis, drivers, or shuttle services, but having your own rental car will make your trip a lot easier and provide you with the freedom to explore the island without time and scheduling constraints. Automobiles drive on the right side of the road, and any valid drivers license is accepted on St Barts.
- ELECTRICAL STANDARDS IN ST BARTS
In St Barthélemy, the electricity is 220 volts and 60 Hz for the entire island. However, most hotels and villas use transformers to supply 100V power.
- ST BARTS CURRENCY
In 2001, Saint Barth, like the rest of France and Europe, changed to the euro. The US dollar remains the second currency of the island.
- CREDIT CARDS IN ST BARTS
Visa and Master Card are widely accepted on St Barts. AMEX is accepted at some but not all places. Discover Cards are not accepted on St Barts at this time but likely to change. Most St Barts restaurants do accept credit cards. There are a few places on the island that do not "Le Select - no credit cards" many establishments do not accept AMEX or Discover so bring your Visa or Master Card.
- BANKING AND ATM'S IN ST BARTS
* Banque Française Commerciale (B.F.C.), rue du Général de Gaulle, Gustavia (Tel: 05.90.27.62.62), and in St. Jean (Tel: 05.90.27.87.75)
* BDAF, accross from the Post Office in Gustavia (Tel. : 0590 29 68 30)
* B.N.P ( Banque Nationale de Paris), rue de Bord de Mer, Gustavia (Tel: 05.90.27.63.70).
* Bred, La Savane, St-Jean (Tel: 05.90.52.06.00)
* Credit Agricole, rue Jeanne d'Arc (Tel: 0 820 800 971 - 0,09€/mn)
* Change Caraïbe, exchange office in Gustavia ( Tel.: 0590 27 57 57)
Bank hours are generally Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3:30 PM; banks close on weekends, holidays, and afternoons preceding holidays.
- HEALTH IN ST BARTS
As there are no rivers or fresh water sources in Saint Barth, rainwater collected in cisterns comes in very handy during periods of drought. In addition, the island has an active facility to desalinate ocean water, and provide city water to most homes, but is very expensive. This means that water remains a precious resource and should be used intelligently, in moderation, without thoughtless waste.
- ST BARTS POPULATION
The population of St Barts is approximately 7,367 (Jul 2011)
- SUNRISE + SUNSET IN ST BARTS
From 5.45-6.30am to 5.35-6.40pm
- COMMUNICATIONS IN ST BARTS
The area code for St Barts is +590. You dial this this code just like you would do for any other international area code. St. Barths has one Post Office with two branches. The main Post Office, on rue du Centenaire in Gustavia, opens daily 8 AM to 3 PM, and closes on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The branch in Lorient is open from 7 to 11 AM weekdays and from 8 to 10 AM on Saturday. The branch at the St. Jean Commercial Center, near the airport, opens daily from 8 AM to 2 PM, as well as Wednesday and Saturday morning 8-11 AM. Both are closed on Sunday and holidays.
- ST BARTS CAPITAL
The capital of St Barts is Gustavia.
- USEFUL NUMBERS IN ST BARTS
Doctor on-call: 0590277603
Fire Station: 0590276231
Police Station: 0590271170