The North Coast, a major tourist destination
Tourism began to take an interest in Saint-Barthélemy in the 1960s. The North Coast and in particular the Bay of Saint-Jean were then favoured for the construction of the first tourist establishments, the North part being less exposed to the winds. The first luxurious villas appeared and the first hotels shared the most privileged areas offering exceptional views of the sea and the surrounding countryside. Today, the Bay of Saint-Jean
has become a major tourist attraction in Saint-Barthélemy with its superb fine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, as well as its luxurious hotels, bright red roof villas and numerous shops and restaurants.
Beaches are the main attraction of Saint-Barthélemy. People come here to relax, sunbathe and practice water sports. The North Coast is particularly well developed and offers many opportunities that will please any traveller. If you like wild beaches, the Grand Cul-de-Sac lagoon will certainly please you, without forgetting Colombier, which is more difficult to access. Marigot, the only grey sandy beach, is also appreciated for its authenticity and its superb coconut grove. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the incredible rolls of Anse des Cayes, the ideal place to practice surfing and bodyboarding. For a day at the beach with your family, Lorient offers an ideal setting and the most peaceful water. Not to mention the Bay of Saint-Jean and its two idyllic beaches, which will certainly please you for their constant entertainment and small shops.