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Grand Cul de Sac, one of the most appealing beaches in St Barts

19-March-2020
St. Barts is a paradise on Earth. Surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean, this island has become a must for those who seek unique and exciting experiences, among the different shades of blue of the sea. Its white sands, the colorfulness of the Caribbean houses and the diverse patterns that merge in the island for the enjoyment of its visitors.The island may seem small at first glance, but it features plenty of beaches with many things to do, adventures and activities are awaiting for you. In this article, you'll discover the natural wonders you will find in St. Barts, and get a small glimpse at the unique opportunity of staying at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, with its privileged location  right in front of the Grand Cul de Sac bay, one of the most gorgeous beaches that St Barts has to offer.
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Grand Cul de Sac bay, a beach with with a bunch of things to do

Located northeast of St Barts, this quiet beach is 3 miles (ca. 5 km) from Gustavia, a short drive from the island's airport. Grand Cul de Sac is one of the favorite beaches for families thanks to its calm waves and smooth, shallow waters; you can walk  further and further into the water and still feel the sand beneath your feet, while the multicolored Caribbean fish swim around you.This bay is protected by a coral reef barrier that is worth witnessing up close. The bay is not often navigated by boats, making it the ideal beach for children to play and discover the fabulous shapes and colors displayed by the sea.
On the coast of Grand Cul de Sac bay, there are plenty of choices for you to both satisfy your appetite and experience the most exquisite flavors from around the globe. If you're looking for the perfect balance between tasteful meals and artful cuisine, the Aux Amis restaurant by Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa is definitely an excellent alternative.

If you love watersports, this is the beach for you

In addition to its excellent location for the enjoyment of the little ones, Grand Cul de Sac is an outstanding beach for practising a wide offer of watersports. If you are a speed and adrenaline enthusiast, you can hop on a jet ski to tour the bay and discover landscapes of St. Barts that can be seen exclusively from the sea.If the winds are favorable, you can also practice windsurfing and sail the diaphanous waters of this beautiful beach, while the Caribbean breeze fills you with life. Another fun sport that is available for you is kite surfing, from the shore, you can watch several locals and tourists who gather at this beach. Due to its unbeatable conditions, it is the best on the island to perform the most daring acrobatics.If you want to revel in a more peaceful way, Grand Cul de Sac is also an excellent place for snorkeling, due to the clarity of its waters. You can relax and swim slowly along the bay while delighting  in the wide and colorful marine life contained in the Caribbean. By snorkeling you will be able to appreciate in detail the astonishing ecosystem that is a coral barrier, the animals, seaweeds and coral formations that share a space to create an impressive mosaic of colors. All the equipment needed for these sports: Paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, giant paddle and glass bottom kayaks, are provided for free by Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa. Jet skis, kite and windsurf gear, are available for rent.


Swimming with turtles, an unforgettable experience in the Caribbean


Last, but not least, the single most meaningful activity in the bay of Grand Cul de Sac; thanks to the coral reef barrier, the waves stop and allow the entrance of sea turtles of a peaceful character. You can live the unique experience of swimming by their side.
There are nearly 20 turtles that regularly return to this bay in St Barts, so it is common to get to know these endearing beings while on the island. You are especially likely to encounter them on this beach, over any other beach in St. Barts. 
Turtle watching is one of the most popular things to do in St. Barts, as it is an activity that is only common in very few places in the whole world, let alone the Caribbean. Meeting turtles in their natural environment is an unparalleled experience that you should revel in.
Follow their serene swim from the surface, while you float on a paddle board. Maybe you prefer a kayak, alone or in company. You can also try to swim alongside them, even though they're skittish creatures, you might get a good shot with the action cameras that you may rent in your stay at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, because we want you to take home the best memories of your visit to St. Barts in the Caribbean.
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