Each and every visit to the Caribbean is like no other. There is always something new to learn, places to go or things to do. Sculpted by nature, the islands are ever-changing and evolving. With so many islands to choose from it is never easy to decide on where to stop.
We want to introduce you to our beautifully unique islands. Make sure you stay a while, take your time! In the Caribbean there’s no rush, let’s just ‘go with the flow’.
The more you learn, the more you will want to know, so relax and discover
Overseas colllectivity of France, French flag is the national Flag.
The local flag is white with the Coat of Arms in the middle.
In 1977, the national archives asked every French municipality and department to create its own “symbolic crest.” The municipality of Saint Barthélemy, upon the advice of the director of the Archives of France, contacted a heraldic artist whose specialty is the creation of coats of arms for cities and town. And the coat of arms for Saint Barthélemy was created. The complex history of Saint Barthélemy left many important symbols for the artist to use.
Several of them were united into the coat of arms, including:
Information courtesy of saintbarth-tourisme.com
As an overseas collectivity of France, the National anthem is the French national anthem ‘La Marsellaise’. The local anthem ‘L ‘Hymne à Saint-Barthélemy’ is below.
Local anthem – ‘L ‘Hymne à Saint-Barthélemy’
1. Ile oubliée des dieux et inconnue des hommes,
Tu dormais alanguie attendant qu’on te nomme,
Quand le tambour des pieds foulant tes anses blondes
T’arracha à ton rêve et t’ouvrit sur le monde.
Ouanalao ou Saint Barthélemy,
Ile des Antilles et île de France,
Garde ta foi, ton espérance,
Ta liberté sera notre devise.
2. Arawaks, Caraïbes, Bretons et flibustiers,
Anglais, Flamands, Français, Espagnols et colons,
Pirogues, caravelles, galiotes et galions
Ecrivirent ton histoire dans le fond de tes baies.
3. Tes enfants, hommes de mer, d’îles en îles ont cherché
Ailleurs cette fortune que tu leur refusait.
Mais de paroles de rois, Suédois puis Français,
Ils reçurent en partage honneur et dignité.
4. Terre d’espoir, de feu, de peine et de courage,
Défiant l’océan, les vents, les ouragans,
Tes filles et tes fils sans plainte refont l’ouvrage,
Comme l’ont fait toujours avant eux leurs parents.
5. A tes mornes arides, offre tes belles plages,
A tes années sans pluie, tes heures d’abondance,
A tes fils en exil, leur force et leur puissance,
A tes moments de doute, la parole des sages.
1. Isle forgotten by the gods, unknown by the men,
You were sleeping, languid, waiting for a given name,
When the drum of the feet trampling your blond coves,
Tore you out of your dream and opened you to the world.
Ouanalao or Saint Barthélemy
Isle of the Antilles and isle of France
Don’t give up your faith, don’t give up your hope
Your freedom remains our motto
2. Arawaks, Caraibes, Bretons and pirates
English, Flemish, French, Spanish and settlers
Canoes, caravelles, galiotes and galions.
Have written your history at the bottom of your bays.
3. Your children, seamen they were, went from isle to isle
To catch elsewhere the fortune you didn’t give to them
But from the kings’ words, Swedish and then French
They received as inheritance honor and dignity.
4. Land of hope, of fire, of pain and of spirit
Defying the ocean, the winds, the hurricanes
Without complaint your daughters and sons they rebuild
As their parents have always done before them.
5. To your barren hills give your beautiful beaches
To your years of drought, your hours of plenty
To your exiled sons their strength and their power
To your moments of doubts the word of the wise men.
This beach is still called “Rockefeller’s Beach”, because, for many years, David Rockefeller owned the property that surrounds it. It is a popular Sunday picnic spot for local folk, who traditionally camp out for the night during Easter weekend. A wonderfully isolated beach that is often hailed as the jewel of St. Barthelemy. The walk from the main road to the beach is almost as impressive as the beach itself, a path that weaves through cacti groves over rocky cliffs. At the end of the trail is Columbier Beach, a turquoise-blue bay with powdered coral, white sand.
Formerly known as Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption de Lorient, meaning Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Lorient. This beautiful church is one of three Roman Catholic churches on the island. that was built around 1850. Its bell tower is protected with the title of Historic Monument.
The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption was founded around 1724. It was later raised to the ground by privateers, only to be rebuilt in 1820, with the aid of the colonial governor of Sweden, and again in 1871 by Father Couturier.
The bell tower, built in 1850, served as a refuge for sailors. The bell was cast in 1860 in Nantes.
Raised way back in the early 18th century by St Bart’s onetime Swedish masters, this historic fort complex not only offers a glimpse at the island’s colonial past, but also some of the most breath-taking panoramas over the harbour of Gustavia. Rich with photo opportunities, this is one of the main reasons why people visit the area.
The site is recognisable thanks to the soaring whitewashed and red-tipped lighthouse that rises at its centre. Visitors can stand atop and look down to where pirate ships and naval frigates would once have done battle in the seas.
Ideally situated in Shell Beach, the closest beach to Gustavia, Shellona is now one of St Barth’s most renowned spots, with a spectacular view on the Caribbean Sea, and possesses a warm and festive atmosphere.
Shellona has taken the opportunity of its opening, after the Do Brazil was closed, to build a new deck, set a larger lunch/dinner area, install comfortable sofas and wooden tables, stretch sunshades between white parasols, set light spots and speakers in the trees, and install welcoming deck chairs. The exceptional location on Shell Beach will welcome those looking for a casual lunch on a sunny day, a refreshing cocktail after sunbathing on the beach, or for a succulent dinner lulled by the rhythm of the waves. The location allows you to enjoy the beautiful Caribbean Sea view, almost feet in the sand, and is inviting you to taste a mediterranean cuisine, thanks to their new Executive Chef, Yiannis Kioroglou, former cook at La Guérite (Cannes, St Barth) and at Victoria Paris (16th arrondissement).
Official Website: shellonabeach.com
Information courtesy of stbartsguide.com