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St. Barths See And Do

Anse à Colombier
St. Barths

This spectacular beach, once partially owned by the Rockefellers, is almost prohibitively secluded, since the only ways to get here are by boat or on foot. Try the trail that sets off from the end of the bay at La Petite Anse.

Anse de Grand Cul de Sac
St. Barths

The shallow reef-protected bay makes this a popular spot for water sports, especially kayaking and kite-surfing, with lots of pit stops nearby. Still, its shoreline doesn't quite match up to the Technicolor turquoise of Anse de Grand Saline.

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Anse de Grande Saline
St. Barths

This untouched beach is the island's longest and has a sandy bottom for swimming. It's the preferred precinct of the topless and the fully nude, though the latter tend to keep to the far ends of the bay.

Anse de Grand Fond

Often referred to as la côte sauvage, the lack of sand here means it's not an ideal spot for sunbathing. However, there is a fantastic—though potentially hairy—hike from the road at the western end of the bay down to the natural pools. Protective footwear is essential.

Anse des Cayes

The waves at this fairly wild beach to the west of Baie de St. Jean make it ideal for surfing.

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Anse des Flamands
St. Barths

St. Barths' most stunning stretch of powder-white sand is pretty to look at, but tides can be dangerous. Best for strong swimmers.

Anse du Gouverneur
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This beautiful southernmost beach is a best bet for nude bathing and snorkeling, and its caves are said to be the legendary location of the pirate Montbar's hidden treasure.

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Baie de St. Jean
St. Barths

Reef-protected waters make this hip French Riviera–style beach tops for snacking, snorkeling, and people-watching. See and be seen from the vantage point of an overpriced bed or cabana at Nikki Beach, or set up camp for yourself along this sparkling stretch of sand that is one of the island's least secluded.

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Shell Beach
St. Barths

As its name implies, this relatively small Gustavia beach boasts lots of seashells, and it is overlooked by the Do Brazil restaurant and beach bar.

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