St. Barthelmey, better known as St. Barths, is a dreamy little island in the Caribbean known for its exclusive nature. The retreat for the rich and famous, St. Barths is world renowned as a vacation hideaway for popular and wealthy celebrities. Designers, singers, actors, politicians, media moguls, old money, and lots of new money can all be seen strolling the shores of this beautiful little island. For a place that is only about 8 square miles St. Baths has a lot to offer in luxury and privacy.
Independent, decidedly European, and stylish, St. Barths displays a culture that screams posh. St. Barths has become associated with weather and the prices in the designer boutiques and eateries on the island reflect that. The conversation can never be about finding deals in St. Barths – that is not what the island is known for nor what it strives to be. The people of the nation – descendents from French nationals and European expats alike – thrive in a luxurious lifestyle that they maintain for visitors. One step on the island and you know you’ve landed somewhere quite different than most of the other places in the Caribbean.
Reservation-only restaurants and private villas are the celebs hangout while the independently though unrecognizable wealthy walk about freely. The residents don’t gawk – they are relatively removed from the media frenzy that surrounds celebrities in the home countries and indeed around much of the world. This makes the freedom to vacation and just be that much more alluring for the people who must always be “on”.
Yachtsmen love to dock on this pristine island. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Sint Maarten, St. Barths is also popular with those who want to take a day trip over to see the sites. Shopping is the order of the day in this duty-free port and while the prices are steep, the wares are beautiful. If you enjoy beaches, there are 14 on St. Barths. Marigot Beach is one of those beautiful locations in the world where you can swim and snorkel and be relatively exclusive at the same time.
St. Barths prides itself on the gastronomic experience they give their visitors and, indeed, that they experience in their own homes. St. Barths is an island of foodies – with so many choices available in the markets due to the heavy catering business done on the island, locals have access to many different ingredient types than those form other islands may experience.
The result is a gastronomical event with every meal.
St. Barths screams exclusivity. If you want to go somewhere with a slower pace and an heir of anonymity, this is the place for you.
Size: 9.5 square miles
Government: Dependent territory
Currency: Euro (€)
Main City: Gustavia
Main Airport: Saint Barthélemy Airport
Telephone Country Code: 590
Local Beer: Carib
National Dish: There is no official national dish but quite popular is pancake fried or roasted.
Entry Visa: All visitors to St. Barthelmey need to have a valid passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the date of entry to St. Barthelmey an onward or return ticket. Visas are not required for most residents of North America, the European Union and Australia. US and Canadian travelers may stay on the island for up to 30 days. If the intent is to stay longer, they must apply for a visa.
When To Go: The weather in St. Barthelmey is warm year round. The temperature averages between 72°F and 86°F. June through November is the island’s rainy season and hurricanes. The dry season is from December through May.
Marriage Requirements: Couples wishing to get married in St. Barthelmey must submit a letter an application for marriage along with dossier of the required documents at least least one month in advance of the wedding.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report
Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
Residency Requirement: None.
Witnesses: Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony. Details for these witnesses will need to be submitted with application for marriage.