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Like any island destination, St. Barts has plenty of kid-friendly activities. With all the water-based activities, this is an ideal place to get your youngsters acquainted with the sea. Here are the five best things to do with kids in St. Barts:
1. Swim at Shell Beach. The calm waters are great for little kids to swim without worry. The beach is actually composed of tiny shells, as you might expect, so it’s a great place to start a collection, too. Lunch beachside at the relaxed Dõ Brazil.
2. Snorkel in Petit Cul de Sac. The calm water and gorgeous reef make Petit Cul de Sac one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. You’ll likely spy sea turtles and possibly a reef shark at this pretty location, which is part of the island’s Marine Reserve. Pack a picnic when you visit the protected lagoon on the northeast coast.
3. Check out Carib Waterplay. Located on St. Jean Beach, this spot is great for instruction and equipment when it comes to watersports like stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, skim boarding and kayaking.
4. Visit the charming Municipal Museum of St. Barth. Located on the far side of Gustavia Harbor, the museum gives families opportunities to learn about the history of the island through old photographs and artifacts. Follow up with a treat at Le Petit Deauville in Gustavia, where there are dozens of delicious flavors of house-made ice creams and sorbets.
5. Put on sturdy sneakers for a picturesque hike. Choose between the rocky path down to secluded Columbier Beach (there is map at the top that shows the names of all the tiny islands that surround St. Barts), or opt for the longer path around Toiny Point.