Important Travel Information for St. Barths Vacations
Passports & Immigration
WIMCO recommends that U.S. citizens ALWAYS travel with a valid passport whenever traveling outside of the continental US. While many of our destinations may only require a birth certificate and a valid driver's license at this time, immigration requirements may change without any notice. For ALL other non-US citizens, please check with the embassy of the country/island to which you are traveling (French, British, Italian) to see if you need a special visa. (Note: If one of a honeymooning couple is a US Citizen and the other is not, a visa is still required by the non-US citizen). When bringing a nanny or babysitter, please be sure that they too have appropriate documentation. Complete country details PDF document
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It is incumbent upon you to notify WIMCO of your complete flight/transportation itinerary so that you can be met at the airport (or harbor). If you are arriving by boat, please provide WIMCO with any and all information you have. If your flight/transportation is delayed, please contact WimcoSBH so that we can make arrangements to meet you upon arrival.
St. Barths Car Rentals
We recommend that you rent a car on St. Barths as it is difficult to get around without one. Various types of jeeps and enclosed sedans are available. The rate is approximately $65 - 85 per day. Due to limited supply, we suggest you let us know your preference as far in advance as possible. During the high season, we can only reserve, not guarantee, car type.
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VIP Arrival & Departure Services
Be sure to inquire with your reservations agent about "Seamless" St. Barths arrivals and departures. Services are available though EASYWAY-SBH and St Barth Services.
Please recheck LOCAL airline schedules near your date of travel as they may be changed without notice. You must reconfirm with Windward, Air Caraibes, and Air St. Thomas at least 24 hours prior to your departure from St. Barths.
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Upon airport arrival and following immigration, you will be met by a WimcoSBH employee in the arrivals hall who will give you your check-in material and be escorted to your villa. Check-in time for both villas and cars is after 3 p.m. The new WimcoSBH office is located directly across from the airport, please stop in anytime to speak with our staff.
Villa check-out time is before noon. We ask your cooperation in leaving on time since your maid may have very little time to prepare for the arrival of the next guests. Failure to check out by noon will result in a fee of one additional night.
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St. Barths is a very relaxing holiday island and apart from not entering shops in bathing suits, dress is casual. Even in the nicest restaurants, jacket and tie are not necessary - in fact, it would appear out of place. The style is casual but smart.
There are 3 large stores on the island (AMC in Gustavia, Superette de l'aeroport, and Marche U directly across from the airport) which offer a wonderful selection of meats, produce and other essentials.
First Evening Supplies
WIMCO offers an arrival package of standard items (such as a roast chicken, ham and cheese, pastries, juices, fruits, etc. with/without alcohol) which will be placed in your villa prior to arrival. Orders should be placed in advance through WIMCO. Clients who prefer to give us their own personalized provisions list may do so in advance as well.
We are happy to arrange for one of our recommended chefs to prepare meals in your villa. Contact your WIMCO agent in advance of your travel to be connected with a chef for menu planning. St. Barths Wine Consultancy is a wine provisions company who will provision your villa with fine wines for your arrival (Price includes delivery).
Book your in-villa massage and spa services before you arrive on St. Barths with your reservation agent. Ligne St Barth offers spa services in the comfort of your villa. Your WIMCO agent can also advise you as to the other spa outlets on the island.
For villas with Satellite or DIRECT TV here is a PDF document of available channels.
Please let WIMCO know well in advance if you require this service as well as the days and hours necessary. Babysitting is difficult to arrange and nearly impossible to have on a full-time basis (cost is approximately $12 per hour). Please be sure to tell us if you need a crib or a high chair ($5 per day) for children.
Enhance the beauty of your hair at Salon Fostokjian with Christophe Fostokjian, beautician, colorist, beauty consultant and a pioneer of "Great Lengths" hair extensions on Saint Barth. Located in St Jean village, phone 590-297-572.
Pets of any kind are not allowed in any of the villas without written permission from WIMCO. A pet or evidence of a pet will result in immediate eviction, and forfeiture of the guest’s entire rental fee.
The voltage on St. Barths is 220v, 60 cycles, not 110v as in the United States. If you intend to bring razors, hairdryers, chargers, etc., we suggest you bring plug adapters and a transformer to change from square to round pins. These are available on St. Barths although you may not want to spend your vacation in hardware stores! (Alma's Hardware does carry transformers and plug adapters.)
All villas include daily maid service, except Sundays and Holidays. All linens are provided in your rental home - sheets, towels, beach towels, etc. You may want to bring an extra beach towel with you. The maid will change your linens at least twice per week, and the towels every other day. For your personal laundry, there is a laundromat and dry cleaning service conveniently located in St. Jean.
All villas have telephones and are able to receive international calls, and to make local and international calls through a call-back system. Should you need to make international calls or send faxes, you may do so via the WimcoSBH Office. Messages may also be sent to your attention c/o WimcoSBH: Fax: (011 590) 590 27 22 68 or Tel: (011 590) 590 51 07 51. An imprint of a credit card will be taken at check-in to cover any long distance calls.
If you choose to bring your own cell phone with you, you can dial zero upon your arrival, and talk with a local operator who will take a credit card number from you, set up an account, and assign you a local number. OR, you can purchase a cell phone (approx. $70), and phone cards (various $ values) on the island at the gas station across from the St. Barth Airport. The average cost of a cell phone call to the US from St. Barth is approximately $1.40 per minute.
Fax machines are available for rent if they are not already included in your villa rental. The standard 8½ x 11 plain paper fax is approximately $20 per day.
Most villas have internet access. For those villas that do not have it, you are welcome to stop by the WimcoSBH office where you can use the wireless connection.
Most establishments accept credit cards, but you may want to bring enough cash and/or travelers checks to last throughout your stay. There are three ATM machines on the island: two in Gustavia and one near the airport, which will give you EUROs. The American Express representative will allow clients to buy American Express travelers checks with your AMEX card. You will need your passport or a piece of identification with your name and photo.