Teeming with luxury villas, top-end small hotels, and world-class cuisine, St. Barthelemy offers some of the best Caribbean travel and relaxation available. It lies at the northeastern corner of the Caribbean Sea and is part of the French West Indies. During the Christmas and New Year season, cheap hotel deals in St. Barthelemy are nearly nonexistent, as the island attracts the super-rich celebrity crowd.
Hotels in St. Barthelemy range from exclusive properties with fewer than 15 rooms to the largest with 58 rooms. Luxury villas comprise most vacation rentals on the island. The duty-free port, high-end retail shopping, and some of the finest dining in the Caribbean attract visitors from around the world. Tourists from North America and Europe flock here during winter to enjoy the tranquil French charm.
The St. Barthelemy hotels and resort industry attracts 70,000 visitors annually. More than 130,000 more people visit the island by private luxury boats and yachts each year. A tourist with flexible travel dates may find a cheap St. Barthelemy hotel deal and discount rates during the low season of June and July. The most expensive travel season runs from mid-December through early January. Prices then can double the normal high-season costs. Reservations are required far in advance to book any room during this time.
Travels can find St. Barthelemy hotel packages at Expedia. Sometimes St. Barthelemy hotel deals include rental of a SmartCar or small Jeep in the vacation package. During the low season of summer, special deals with significant cost savings on both hotels and villas are available.
The St. Barts Music Festival is held every year and is considered a premier international performing arts occasion. Beaches on St. Barthelemy are ideal for swimming, windsurfing, sailing, diving, and snorkeling. The beaches are free, public, and rarely crowded even during high season.
The capital of Gustavia hosts several major yachting and regatta events throughout the year. Deep sea fishing is popular, including the St. Barth Open Fishing Tournament in July. Submarine rides over the surrounding reefs are a hit with tourists. Parts of the reefs are within a protected marine reserve, accessible only for scientific research. Porpoises, whales, and dolphins frequent these waters during migration from December until May. Marine turtles nest on the island’s coastlines, and several shipwrecks lie on the coral plate and reef surrounding St. Barts.