Gouverneurs Beach – I almost want to write Governor’s Beach – but, hey… we’re in St. Barts! Private yachts and sailboats moor here while their passengers frolic on the beach or in the water. With room only for small hotels and private villas, St. Barts has been known to house the rich and the famous and has a reputation for catering to those looking to spend top dollar on its pristine beaches. We are aware of beaches accessible only from private land where acquaintances say there is nude sunbathing, but we are not allowed to provide any details. We suggest asking at your lodgings. Or not. You can enjoy quite a bit here and even see more of the island, with your clothes on. Trust us.
This is all for your private use. Live the European lifestyle in a luxury villa in Tuscany, enjoy lunch from a farmer’s market, or wine from a private vineyard. Unpack your luggage once and settle in at your vacation rental accommodations as if you were at home. Bloody Bay is lined with large all-inclusive resorts, and these sections are mostly private. Jamaica’s best-known nude beach, at Hedonism II, is always among the busiest; only resort guests or day-pass holders may sun here. But it doesn’t compare with the beauty of Gouveneurs Beach in St Barts.
From the incredible secluded beach of Anse du Gouverneur, you can see to several neighboring islands as well as search for pirates treasure before you leave your vacation rental St Barts. If you are an explorer, then the beaches of Petite Anse de Galet are the perfect place to pick up shells to mark your visit to your vacation home in St Barts. But Anse du Gouverneur has nice scenery even before the beach, which is arrived at via a winding mountain road. Nearby Anse de Grande Saline is pretty as well, but residual tar from a long-ago oil spill has a tendency to stick to one’s feet. Le Gouverneur offers you personalised service, warm hospitality and the comfort of an exclusive guesthouse in the heart of Camps Bay. You’ll experience views of some of the world’s finest beaches and the sparkling blue ocean.
St Jean, Grand Cul de Sac is the island’s other major hotel and restaurant lined stretch of sand. Situated on a calm shallow lagoon and protected by a reef, this beach is perfect for small children, swimming and water sports. But I was struck by one rather distinct difference on my trip of last week — this French island is shaping up. American-style. Never before have so many local runners and cyclists dotted the curvy, hilly roads of this rustic, 21-square km hot spot. Barbados also is the only Caribbean island with its own Zagat guide, and travel writer Chris Curley recently returned from the island with a review of one of Barbados’ best restaurants, Daphne’s. St Barts has first class dining as well.
Check out the Fish Market Wednesday at Le Toiny’s “Le Gaiac” for a rare bargain by local standards – $67 for a three-course prix-fixe lunch or dinner. You get to see your fish cooked right near your table. And you’ll experience views of one of the world’s finest beaches and the sparkling blue ocean. Nice service and good place to go, no to far from touristic areas.