Cheap flights from Saint Barthelemy
Flights from Saint Barthelemy
Saint Barthélemy, officially the Territorial Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy but often abbreviated to St Barts, is an overseas collectivity of France in the Caribbean. The island is called Ouanalao by the indigenous people. It is situated roughly 35 kilometres southeast of the island of Saint Martin and the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis.
Saint Barthélemy is a volcanic island surrounded by shallow reefs. The main harbour to the island can be found in Gustavia, the capital. With a land area of 21 square kilometres and a population of about 8,902, Saint Barthélemy is quite small. Regardless, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands and is a very popular tourist destination, especially for the rich and famous. While many travellers with a non-celebrity status may find St Barts to be too intimidating and pricey, the island remains its stunning self even off-season, when you are more likely to get great deals on flights and accommodations.
Where to go
Saint Barthélemy is blessed with sunny days almost all year round, in addition to 14 beautiful beaches with soft white sand that are open to the public at zero cost. Some of the best known beaches are Saline Beach, Shell Beach, Gouverneur Beach, St. Jean Beach, Flamands Beach, and Rockefeller's Beach. As one can expect, there are plenty of activities available at the beaches, including but not limited to snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, deep-sea fishing, waterskiing, kayaking, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and more. It is also possible to go on submarine trips to explore marine life and shipwrecks. Nudism is prohibited in all beaches, but going topless is more or less allowed. Other activities in St Barts that don't involve the water are playing tennis or volleyball, going hiking, horseback riding, and shopping.
Despite being the largest city and economic centre of Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre is a bustling market town that is small enough to get around within minutes. The buildings are vibrant, especially the markets and shopping streets from where travellers can purchase spices, local crafts, and produce. Pointe-à-Pitre is also home to one of the best French aquariums, Aquarium de la Guadeloupe.
Also nearby is St. Maarten, with its own share of gorgeous beaches such as Maho Beach, Mullet Bay Beach, Great Bay Beach, Pelican Beach, and Cupecoy Beach. Time your visit right to catch the highly entertaining colourful festival St. Maarten Carnival, an annual event that features parades, competitions, pageants, concerts, live shows, and more!
There is only one airport serving Saint Barthélemy – Gustaf III Airport in St. Jean. There are no direct long haul flights from Gustaf III Airport.
How to get out
The only airport in Saint Barthélemy is the Gustaf III Airport, also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport. It is located in the north coast, on the village of St. Jean. The airport is small and cannot handle large aircraft. Those who wish to get in and out of the island would have to book a flight with Air Antilles Express, St Barth Commuter, Tradewind Aviation, and Winair to fly between Saint Barthélemy and the international airports in the nearby islands, namely Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe), V. C. Bird International Airport (in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda), Princess Juliana International Airport (in the Dutch side of Saint Martin), L'Espérance Airport (in the French side of Saint Martin), Cyril E. King Airport (in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands), and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (in Carolina, Puerto Rico).
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