Travel Tuesday | St. Barts

For this week’s Travel Tuesday, we’re heading to St. Barts.

The small island of St. Barts is long familiar with the private planes of the jet set. As you’ll discover, landing on this northernmost island of the Lesser Antilles is very spectacular. Facing the wind, the pilot has to fly low at an altitude of 30 meters, the descent coming from the mountain before turning to touch down on the tarmac, that’s only 650 meters long. The consequence of this is that only pilots with special training can land at St Barts. Taking off facing the mountain is just a spectacular only small planes with a maximum space for 20 passengers can land at the airport.

St Bart’s full name being St. Barthelemeu was discovered by Christopher Columbus at the end of the 15th century. He named the island after his brother Bartholomae. This small island that only 24 square kilometers, belonged in turn to the Spanish, the French, the Swedes, and then the French again in 1878.

Christopher Columbus didn’t stay on St. Barts, the volcanic island didn’t have any precious metals, and notably no gold. But 60 years ago, that all changed, St. Barts became a sought after luxurious holiday destination, thanks to American millionaire David Rockefeller, who bought a property there in 1957.

Today, the island is inhabited in large part by colony descendants from France. The island counts a little more than 9000 residents. The tourism sector employs about 37% of the workforce, priority is given to premium tourism, it receives about 300,000 visitors per year.

St. Barts is unique because it only has two seasons. First is the period locals call lend, where the temperature is an average of 27 degrees from December the first to May the 30th. Its high season, and is more favorable for discovering turtles, and 183 different species of fish in the volcanic craters.
The second season is called winter, and is on the contrary to its name the hottest season, with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius from June the first to November the 30th.

That’s all for now, I’m Katelyn O’Shaughnessy, join me next week for another Travel Tuesday.