Useful tips for your vacation in St Barts

Embarking on a vacation to the enchanting island of Saint Barts promises an escapade filled with sun-kissed beaches, luxurious accommodations, and a vibrant Caribbean atmosphere. To ensure your trip is stress-free and memorable, here are some indispensable tips covering various aspects of your journey to this idyllic destination.

Passports & Immigration

Before jetting off to Saint Barts, ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended departure date. Although Saint Barts is an overseas collectivity of France, it has its immigration rules. As it is part of the French West Indies, visitors from many countries (including the US and Europe) usually don't need a visa for stays shorter than 90 days. We recommend that U.S. citizens always travel with a valid passport whenever traveling outside of the continental U.S. Valid passports are required for US citizens (including children) entering St Barts. Other nationals may need visas, please check with the embassy on the island to see if you need a special visa. When bringing a nanny or babysitter, please be sure that they too have appropriate documentation. However, it is crucial to verify the specific entry requirements based on your nationality before traveling.

Arrival and Transportation

Upon arrival at Gustaf III Airport (also known as Saint Barts Airport), prepare for a breathtaking landing amidst lush hills and the azure sea. It is fundamental that you notify HomeinStBarts of your complete flight/transportation itinerary so that you can be welcomed at the airport (or harbor). If you are arriving by boat, please provide us with all details you have. If your flight/transportation is delayed, please contact our concierge team so that we can make arrangements to meet you upon arrival.

Saint Barts Car Rental

Renting a car on the island offers flexibility and ease of exploration. Numerous reputable car rental agencies cater to visitors' needs, offering a range of vehicles from compact cars to luxurious SUVs. It's advisable to book your rental in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred vehicle.

Flight Schedules

Saint Barts' airport has specific regulations due to its challenging runway, limiting the types of aircraft and flight schedules. Flights mainly operate during daylight hours, and smaller planes, such as the Twin Otter or Cessna Caravan, serve the island. Be mindful of potential flight delays or schedule changes due to weather conditions or airport restrictions. Please double check local airline schedules close to your travel date as there may be changes without notice. You must reconfirm with Windward, Air Caraibes, and Air St. Thomas at least 24 hours before you depart from St Barts.

Weather Information

The island boasts a tropical climate, characterized by warm temperatures and abundant sunshine year-round. However, the high season typically runs from December to April, offering drier and more comfortable weather conditions. The hurricane season spans from June to November, with increased chances of rain and occasional storms.

Telephones and Connectivity

Saint Barts has reliable mobile phone coverage and access to Wi-Fi in most restaurants, and public spaces. However, international roaming charges may apply, so it is advisable to check your mobile plan's coverage and potential additional fees before use.

Credit Cards and Currency

Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted on the island. However, carrying some cash in euros is recommended for smaller purchases and in case you encounter establishments that do not accept cards. ATMs are available in Gustavia and other populated areas for convenient cash withdrawals.

Suggested Experiences

  • Eating out

  • Beach hopping

  • The spirit of St Barts

  • On the island with or without children

  • Best time to visit

  • Must-attend events

Useful for your vacation

Leave nothing to chance to get the most out of your stay, book your services well ahead.


Flights to Saint Barts

Choose a scheduled air transfer or a private charter, the best way to reach the island is by air.


Enjoy the very best of St Barts: exquisite luxury, gastronomy and scenery to dream about.

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