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St Barthélemy / Day Sails/Boat Trips

By James Henderson

Sailing and motorboat trips are an extremely popular day out from St Barths. There are a number of quiet beaches on the offshore islands that scatter the waters to the northwest. Anse du Grand Colombier and Ile Fourchue have nice protected bays with excellent sand, but trips do go as far afield as the islands off St Martin, which also have wonderful strips of sand with beach bars. Other trips go to Anguilla, where the beaches are fantastic and there are some excellent, slightly more rustic beach bars.

There are two options. The first is to join one of the daily yacht-borne excursions, usually on a catamaran. These include snorkelling gear, snacks and an open bar and cost around €70 for a half day, €130 for a full day and around €55 for a sunset cruise.

If you want a bit more privacy the second option is to hire a speedboat or a yacht for yourself. Speedboats come with or without a captain and crew. A monohull yacht costs from around €600 for a half day and €1000 for a full day in the winter season, though prices do rise around Christmas and New Year. Without captain a 25 ft motorboat costs around €310 for half a day and €450 for a full day. These speedboats are also available for transfers to St Maarten for the airport.

Day sails and boat charters available through:

Destination Management Services - our recommended local organiser knows the various companies and their boats and can tailor-make the service for you.

Jicky Marine Service - Offer shared and private charters on their 42ft catamaran Ouanalao. Snorkelling gear is included, picnics can be provided on request. Power boats also available for charter.

Master Ski Pilou - Offer several motorboats at 40 ft and above.

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  1. Head to St Jean beach where the hip, beautiful people go to see and be seen
  2. Indulge yourself in some designer retail therapy
  3. Sample the delights of fine French wines and dining
  4. Get pampered at one of the many island spas
  5. Experience a night of cinema under the stars during the annual St Barth Film Festival

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