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Known locally as Ouanalao - and more commonly referred to simply as St Barth - this idyllic Caribbean island is a French dependency and therefore part of the EU, meaning that any European citizen can spend as much time as they like there. The island is extremely popular with tourists, especially around Christmas, and many Hollywood celebrities spend their holidays there. With its dazzling white sand beaches and amazing coral reefs, it is not hard to understand why. If you want to get away from your resort and travel around in Saint Barthélemy, car hire is essential. But, if you are like most visitors to this Caribbean paradise, you will probably spend a lot of your trip underwater!
Saint Barthélemy is a favourite of water sports enthusiasts with jet skiing, surfing, sailing, and scuba diving all quite popular. You can also charter a miniature submarine and explore the extensive coral reefs. Further out, you can sometimes see whales jumping halfway out of the water as they catch their food, while on land the island is dominated by a series of mountains, the tallest being the extinct volcano Morne du Vitet. Despite a generally dry climate (which means plenty of sun for visitors to enjoy), the island is rich in wildlife, including iguanas and turtles, while you will find a dazzling array of exotic plants among the rocky foothills. Take the coast road from Saint Jean to Lorient for the best views.
When evening comes and you are ready to relax, the historic towns of Gustavia and Saint Jean both have lots to offer by way of restaurants (with some of the best seafood in the region) and bars where you can listen to mainstream music or more traditional local songs.
Life on Saint Barthélemy proceeds at a gentle pace and cars are restricted to a maximum 50kph, but you will still need to wear a seatbelt at all times; driving is on the right hand side of the road. If you plan to spend the weekend driving around, you will have to remember to fill up your tank on Saturday, as both of the island's petrol stations are closed on Sunday. You may want to ask your car rental company for a vehicle with an automatic transmission as there are a lot of steep roads to navigate, but the views out across the sapphire blue sea are well worth it.