Like standing in the photo of a postcard, Saline Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. The white sand reflects the sun perfectly on the private path to the pristine ocean. Far away from the car parking area and secluded from the hustle and bustle of tourism, you are sure to feel like you are on your own private beach. Partially enclosed with rocky formations, this lucid painting frames the illusion where the sky meets the sea.
Named for the salty pond nearby, Saline Beach St Barts is located on the southern end of the island. St. Bart’s is the only Caribbean island that was a colony of Sweden before selling it to France. Originally called, Ouanalao by its indigenous inhabitants, translates as Pelican Island in Amerindian or Arawak. Christopher Columbus landed there in 1493 and named it after his brother Bartolomeo.
This 8 mile by 8-mile island has no shortage of beaches, but none more private than Saline Beach. There are 14 beaches around the island, but Saline Beach is the most exclusive. Because it is tucked away, pack a picnic lunch because there is no beach bar on this stretch of the island. You may even see a wild goat or two.
Even though nudity is prohibited on the island, Saline Beach is known for discreet nude sunbathers. The hotels nearby boast spectacular views and amazing swimming pools. Close by is M & P (Meat and Potatoes) Restaurant offering surf, turf, and vegetarian gourmet dining.
Luxury and Paradise are the only ways to describe the accommodations close to Saline Beach. Luxury shopping, an array of yachts, and a safe atmosphere make St Bart’s a jet-setting dream. It’s so safe that the locals leave their doors unlocked on their cars and homes.
Just a ten-minute flight from St. Maarten brings you to the French-speaking island. French courtesies are also in force. There are a few tips to remember.
• Do not honk your horn. It is considered rude.
• It is mandatory to speak to people. Practice your “Bonjour”.
• St. Bart’s is a playground for many celebrities. They are people too, not the characters they portray on film. Please be kind.
• You will need a voltage adapter as the current is 220 volts.
• The currency is the Euro, not the dollar.
• You may need to purchase bottled water if your stomach is sensitive to desalinized water.
St. Bart’s is the perfect place to visit. You can relax with the family, go shopping, hang out on the beach, or have a romantic getaway complete with celebrity sightings. There is something for every taste. You may see a person in a bikini next to someone dressed for a formal dinner at the same restaurant.
A myriad of things to do, make St Bart’s a perfect destination for any age or interest. Rent an ATV, island hop to Tortola or other surrounding islands, get pampered in a spa, enjoy a plentiful nightlife, or shop in some of the most luxurious boutiques in the world. Most importantly, stay in a varied list of villas and suites that will take your breath away.