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If you’re going to St. Barts, you’re going to want to hit the beach, and with more than 20 pristine beaches around the island, it’s hard to decide which one. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best beaches in St. Barts:
1. St. Jean Beach. It’s really two beaches — one on either side of the exclusive resort of Eden Rock — each with its own beach club. Nikki Beach is the place to see and be seen, while Tom Beach is the spot to go for watersports like paddle boarding.
2. Flamands Beach. The rolling surf makes Flamands Beach a great place for boogie boarding and body surfing. It’s also one of the largest beaches on the island. With Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France as a backdrop, you won’t have to leave the beach for a great bite to eat.
3. Saline Beach. Park your car by the pond and make your way over the dunes to this intimate beach. You should know that the left side of the path is the unofficial nudist beach, so we suggest you stick to the right. The water is a bit rough at this stretch of sand and there’s no beachside service, but the privacy of Saline Beach is worth the visit.
4. Shell Beach. Located a short walk from Gustavia Harbor, Shell Beach is great for the whole family. Overflowing with beautiful shells, you can spend the morning building your collection and the afternoon playing in the calm water. Dõ Brazil, the beachfront restaurant, adds to the allure of Shell Beach.
5. Colombier Beach. Accessible by boat or foot, this secluded beach was once owned by the Rockefellers. Colombier Beach is calm, making it a prime snorkeling spot. Like Saline, you won’t find any beach services here, so pack a cooler with snacks and plenty to drink.