Gliding over the sapphire of the Caribbean, a lush patch of emerald peaks out from the sparkling water below. As the plane makes its descent over the St. Barths hillside and onto the short, downward-sloping runway, a rush of anticipation and excitement courses through your body. The engines kick into reverse, and before the landing strip meets the sand of St. Jean Beach, the plane comes to a stop. You let out a small sigh of relief with a smile. Half the fun of a St. Barths vacation is just getting there.
With no high-rises or mega-resorts, this exclusive island offers guests a piece of un-commercialized paradise. As part of its preservation mission, St. Barths has no direct international flights to its airport, rather guests from the United States stop over in St. Martin, San Juan, or Antigua then take small regional planes or charters to St Barths. With direct flights from many major airports to St. Martin and San Juan, and daily flights from both islands to St. Barths, getting to the island isn’t a hassle. Once on St. Barths, you’ll appreciate the measures taken to prevent overdevelopment.
After you’ve landed on St. Barthelemy, all of the stress associated with travel will melt away in the warmth of the Caribbean sunshine. Lounging on St. Jean Beach, you’ll watch the planes land and think with a smile about your own adventurous landing on the island and how you can’t wait to do it all again.