Whether you’re hopping between bays, hiking to a secluded cove, or taking a dip in the pools of water left at low tide, exploring St Barts on foot is endlessly rewarding. This island is rich in natural beauty and there’s so much to see, do and photograph. Pack plenty of water, lace up your trainers and get ready to take on our top three hikes in St Barts…
To reach this remote beach, there are two routes you can choose from. The Upper Trail, which is quite steep and will take you 25 minutes, or the Lower Trail, which is much easier, but you do miss out on the dramatic views. We recommend bringing a camera (you’ll regret it if you don’t), a picnic provided by Pic and Chic or Eden to Go and your snorkelling gear.
We love a circular hike – especially when the scenery is this good. We recommend booking a feet in sand lunch at Le Toiny beach club so you can park at the hotel and take their shuttle bus to the beach. The helpful staff will also point out where the trail starts (it can be hard to spot!). We like to arrive at about 10am so that we can hike when it’s a little cooler, then spend the rest of the day relaxing at the beach club, or even treating ourselves to a massage at the Serenity Spa which is located on the beach.
The natural pools of Grand Fond
Wild swimmers will love the island’s natural tide pools. Wait for a medium-to-low tide, then search for the path (hint: it’s near a small parking lot on the road from St Jean). You’ll hug the coast as you hike through secluded beaches and rocky outcrops. After 30 minutes (and a bit of a steep descent), you’ll reach one of two natural pools. As you slip into the crystal-clear water and your skin cools, the sheer beauty of this place fills your soul.
Psst… We have spotted a few sea urchins here, so bring suitable shoes.