Landmark anchor in Gustavia, St. Barth's
ST. BARTHS FACTS & TRAVEL TIPS
Official Language: French
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Est. Population: 6,000
Cruise Port City: Gustavia
The island's tropical climate averages 80 degrees year round. As a result, the "dress code" is always "island casual." Due to the island's tropical climate, brief showers can come at any time. Hurricane season is from July to November.
Currency is the Euro with U.S. dollars and major credit cards accepted by most establishments. St. Barths is on Atlantic Standard Time. French is the official language, but English is widely spoken. You can make phone calls at pay phones around the island. Get a local phone card for the best rates. The main post office is located in Gustavia. Post office hours are 8am-3pm (Monday-Saturday). This post office closes on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
Bank hours are 8am-12pm and 2pm-3:30pm (Monday-Friday). Most stores are open from 8:30am-12pm and 2pm-5pm (Monday-Friday) and 8:30am-12pm (Saturday). Passports are required for U.S. citizens.
Drink bottled water when available. Bring sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen lotion. Electricity is 220 volts, so you need a converter and adapter. You can visit this beautiful island on a day trip from St. Maarten. The boat ride is less than an hour. If you take the boat ride, sit in the back to avoid seasickness.
The major holidays in St. Barths are New Year's Day, Easter, Easter Monday, Labor Day, Armistice Day, Pentecost Weekend, Bastille Day, All Saints Day, and Christmas.
The crime rate here is less than a major metropolitan city, but visitors should use common sense when out and about. A unique feature of this island is that the locals are of French or Swedish ancestry.